Mission in the Dominican Republic was founded following Hurricane David in 1979 through the efforts of Puerto Rican Brethren who came to the aid of Dominican families in the Viajama community. Numerous Puerto Rican and US Brethren offered support and guidance throughout the past 30 years. Today, there are approximately 1,650 members in 21 congregations.
Active evangelism and church planting continue with energy and vitality--most churches have at least one daughter church or preaching point. A Theological Program helps fill the leadership needs of a growing church. Two cycles of theological students, numbering 36 students, have graduated over a period of 10 years.
News from the Dominican Republic
“Brethren Disaster Ministries staff have been monitoring the situation in the areas already, or soon to be, affected by the hurricanes,” reports Roy Winter, associate executive director of Global Mission and Service and Brethren Disaster Ministries. Staff are “coordinating response efforts and planning with Church World Service and other church partners.” Read more »
The Global Food Initiative (formerly the Global Food Crisis Fund) issued a grant of $660 for representatives of Iglesia de los Hermanos (the Church of the Brethren in the Dominican Republic) to travel to Santiago, DR, for a week of training with Medical Ambassadors International. Other recent grants support cultural/garden exchanges partnering indigenous communities in Lybrook, N.M., and Circle, Alaska. Read more »
As Hurricane Matthew batters Florida today, Brethren Disaster Ministries continues to monitor the situation and is working to determine response plans in the Caribbean and on the east coast. Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has put volunteers on alert. Read more »