We started off the year strong in January with long term partners and friends on the way from the Chicago-land area connecting with churches in the DR network.
* Frank and Jan Frankini lead a group of 9 to serve alongside Iglesia Biblica Cristiana de Consuelo in the making improvements to their new large ministry and community center, to share custom blanket making skills with women’s groups (Jan), and to support the ongoing work with the homeless in Santo Domingo through Iglesia comunitaria Cristiana (ICC).
Mike Bremmnaur shared his skills as a master carpenter in sharing the designs and building beds and coffins that the churches are planning to develop as income generating ministries.
DCC loves to see friendships deepen with these ongoing annual connections where everyone grows in their faith and shares their gifts, vocations and passions for the common good.
* Rush Presbyterian Medical Center sent a medical team to Haiti to partner with ministries that are committed to working for the health of their communities. Rush has been connecting a couple times a year with these grassroots efforts since the earthquake in 2010. They are sending another team to Peralta to continue their 8-year journey with Francisco Roso and the church there in their community health initiatives.
* University Teams
In March, DCC will be facilitating the ongoing connections among RdC Network churches in the DR and Costa Rica with our university partners. Judson University and Palm Beach Atlantic University will be sending teams to both of these countries to continue to build relationships and serve alongside churches like El Circulo in Santo Domingo, Agape in Bani, and CCA in San Jose, Costa Rica.
* Palm Valley Church’s Axis Youth Ministry will be continuing a 3-year journey of friendship building with Nueva Vida in Santo Domingo.
They will be serving with NV’s youth leaders in making connections with local public schools through evangelism and inspirational talks, as well as by organizing the church’s annual Calle 39 Libre – a street celebration for young people that includes competitions, drama, music and a message of hope. In the past, PVC has come alongside Nueva Vida to help them launch their income generating detergent and household cleaner production and distribution enterprise.
* Hillside Covenant Church will be reconnecting with their partners at Vision Celestial church in Los Alcarrizos to serve their Compassion program for integral child development . The team will also support VC’s “women of vision” bakery ministry, which Hillside helped make possible.
This will be the second year in a row that these churches will come together to be mutually edified and serve the community of Los Americanos. Last summer Hillside hosted pastors Ernesto and Altagracia Bathermy in Walnut Creek, CA. That visit, facilitated by DCC, deepened their friendship and shared passion to serve their communities, especially those neighbors in need.
During that connection church staff and leaders participated in round table conversations with Ernesto and Altagracia and the entire church received the gift of having Ernesto teach at all their Sunday services. His prophetic teaching entitled, “Jesus our Healer” was based on Jesus’ exhortation in John 5:1-9 to the lame man next to the pool to “get up, take up your mat and walk”.