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Eden Christian Centre
"GO!" That was the word we heard over five years ago! But, my original call came the summer of 2003 the day God told me clearly, “It is not all about you, they (the children in Barahona) are crying out to be set free".
When God calls us, there is always a time of preparation. Ten years was my personal preparation period before the big move to the Dominican Republic in March, 2013. Five years ago, I truly didn’t comprehend “the call” on my family’s life, but that, go, sure seemed simple enough. And not having all the answers or all the plans in place, that is exactly what we did. We moved to the Dominican Republic. One thing we have always had is GREAT FAITH.
Deuteronomy 31: 6
Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid…For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you.
Over the years this scripture has been a great source of encouragement. When I didn’t feel strong or courageous, I felt afraid and extremely anxious about the vision that was handed to me. The greatest of this calling is what keeps me humble. I am constantly reminded that it is not my abilities, skills or wisdom that is accomplishing the work in Barahona at Eden Christian Centre; however, it is all the grace and help from the Lord Jesus Christ and our partners who have faithfully prayed, sowed, and worked along side us these past years. No one person can get the glory for ALL the successes we have experienced; it is the collaboration of so many individuals, and of course the goodness and faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ.
When our program started over 15 years ago, we were only able to facilitate children with one meal a day and spiritual teaching; however, we have grown so much that we now have a staff of 9 individuals who are from the community we work in. Many families in Barahona believe that children should be working to help with the day-to-day responsibilities that inevitably continue the cycle of poverty. They are tremendously affected emotionally and spiritually. Christian Hope Community Association (CHCA) has been and continues to advocate for the children of this community to receive an education and take advantage of opportunities that weren’t available to their parents. To-date there are now 56 students enrolled. Through the prayers and financial supports of sponsors and donors, and the dedication of CHCA’s passionate staff, this community has come to see the tangible difference in the lives of the children that have been previously enrolled at ECC school. Kids who could not read or write have gone on to pursue secondary schooling - something that is a rarity in Barahona.
As a ministry that is continuing to grow and expand (projected new classroom for 14 students opening September 2018, construction of two more classroom, a computer lab and a library projected for fall 2019), I am overjoyed to present you with the opportunity to become a monthly sponsor of one of our classrooms at Eden Christian Centre. Together we will be doing our part to break the cycle of poverty through the love of Jesus Christ and a quality education.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will reward them for what they have done.
Below you will find options you can choose from to help us reach our goals and help our ministry continue to provide food, education, and other support to our students and their families.
$________ other monthly amount
On behalf of our team, students and the communities that we serve in Barahona, we again thank you for choosing to partner with us. Together we are equipping students with the two most important weapons: The Word of God and a quality education. If you have any questions we are always here to connect and answer them.
-An Ambassador of the Kingdom of God