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Community Partnerships in the Dominican Republic

Take a Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic

Our vision is to create long-term partnerships with specific communities around our Caribbean Mountain Academy campus in the Dominican Republic. We believe that for our work to be effective long-term, we must serve those who have a personal desire and drive to sustain our efforts. Therefore, we have chosen and are choosing partners whose leaders already have a plan and goals for improving their communities. Our goal is to come alongside these leaders and help them implement their goals. Both our students and visiting mission teams will work to build strong relationships with and offer concentrated educational, economic and spiritual support to these partners.

Mata Gorda, Don Bosco and El Callejon Pastor Andre Family

Pastor Andre grew up in a small village in the southern part of the Dominican Republic.  When he was 12 years old, he left his home after finding out his mother abandoned him at 8 months old. He fled to a town (Constanza) in the mountains in the middle of the island and was taken in by firefighters. He spent the next 9 years of his life living with them.  At the age of 15, Andre came to know the Lord. From that moment on Andre dedicated his life to following Christ.

In 2001, Andre moved to Jarabacoa to study agriculture then in 2008, God called Andre to be a church planter and community developer in small rural communities around Jarabacoa. There are many churches in Jarabacoa but not many people want to reach out beyond Jarabacoa to help people in poorer communities hear about Christ and have a place of worship.  Jarabacoa is far from many of his communities and many people do not have the means or ability to travel for church, so Andre’s desire is to bring a church building and community to them.  Andre comes from a small rural community, which attributes to why he wants to reach and disciple them.  

Andre started his first church in Los Higos and pastored there for 4 years.  In 2012, after the church and its community was well developed, he felt called to empower local leaders in Los Higos to pastor the church and for him to continue planting other churches in other communities.  

He now has 4 communities that he is developing.  He is working in Los Higos, Mata Gorda, Don Bosco and El Callejon.  His desire is for each community to have a church building, and strong leaders to help disciple the people in those communities.  He currently has pastors for each town and a place to congregate.  However, only Los Higos has it’s own church building.  Andre is renting space to have church for his other communities but desires for each church to have its own property and building.   

Along with ministering to the community’s spiritual needs, Andre’s goal is to also help improve the quality of life of families with their big physical needs.

El Callejon | Crosswinds

Service Opportunities

Mata Gorda

Vacation Bible School (VBS) for kids in the community

Construction Projects

  • Chicken farm that will enable families to raise chickens, sell eggs and provide for their families.
  • Green house that will enable jobs to care for the green house and everything it in while also providing food for the community.
  • Bakery facility so that people can make the goods and sell them in their community.
  • Church Building – Construction of a church building, sports field and playground for the community to have a place to worship, hear about God, for not only the current generation but for generations to come

Event Based Projects

  • Christmas food baskets provided for multiple families.
  • Mother’s day – May 28th – Small gifts for the mothers and a big raffle is drawn
  • Back-to-school: School supplies for the school and also help school provide supplies for the children

Youth Group Camp – During the month of August before school starts, it would be a 3 day retreat in Rancho la Guazara. A church group can come and participate in the events and activities.

 

El Callejon

Vacation Bible School (VBS) for kids in the community

Construction Projects

  • House repairs and improvements so that the quality of life and lifestyles for the families are better
  • Church – Construction of a church building, sports field and playground for the community to have a place to worship, hear about God, for not only the current generation but for generations to come

 

Don Bosco

VBS for kids in the community

Construction Projects

  • House repairs and improvements so that the quality of life and lifestyles for the families are better
  • Church – Construction of a church building, sports field and playground for the community to have a place to worship, hear about God, for not only the current generation but for generations to come.
  • Center for Single women and widows with children so that they can care for their children and improve their quality of life.
  • Homework/ tutoring room to provide English classes and other tutoring services for the students

 

Majaguita

Majaguita | Crosswinds

Majaguita is a small community located at the base of a mountain about 15 minutes from the campus of Caribbean Mountain Academy. The community is comprised of approximately 150 people who work together to provide a better life not only for their own family, but for their community as a whole.

Because of our belief that to be effective in serving others we must serve those who have a personal desire and drive to sustain our efforts, long-term, our goal is to come alongside the people of Majaguita to help them implement their vision for improving their community. They have proven their desire to be self-sustainable and to responsibly use and restore their local resources for development and lifestyle improvement.

Julito, leader of Majaguita | CrosswindsThe village is led by a man named Julito who is not only the mayor, but also the spiritual leader. Julito is a servant leader who works tirelessly to provide daily necessities for the people in his community such as food, clean drinking water, electricity, and even gas for cooking. All of this is done in a way that uses the natural resources of the community:

Electricity – Provided through a hydro-electric system powered by the river that borders the village.

Food – Vast gardens have been planted and are harvested by community members. Poultry provides meat and eggs and cows provide milk. In addition, Julito is currently working to build a fish hatchery to provide an additional food source for the community.

Gas – With the technical advice of the Fenando Arturo Meriño Agriculture -Forestal University (UAFAM) and the finance of the local headquarters of Miner Funds of Jarabacoa, a biologic plant for treatment of water waste has been built. This unit is fed by organic matter, sewage sludge and solid waste from the community and is used for a network of combustible products for domestic cooking.

Looking forward, this community is thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome others in to help them continue improving their life. They hope to also serve as an encouraging model in the Dominican Republic for successful techniques in community development that can be implemented by other villages.

Service Opportunities

school in Majaguita | Crosswinds

Education: The community of Majaguita has its own school for the children of the community called “Escuela Multigrado Innovado.” Groups can spend time with the children of the school, putting on a short program, teaching a lesson, or playing with them during recess.

Economic Development: Help the mayor of Majaguita, Julito, in his various economic efforts to improve the community. Your group can also come alongside a specific community member to provide capital and training for a business venture. For example, provide materials for a local woman to open a jewelry stall and help her create her first batch of inventory.

Spiritual Development: Encourage the people of Majaguita spiritually by attending one of their worship services, praying with community members, and showing them the love of Christ through service.