Since the year 2009, Redland Baptist Church has partnered with Centro Cristiano Shalom, their pastor, Carlos Soegaard, and their ministry to the community of Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic. Each year Redland sends a team of 30-40 members to spend a week working hand in hand on construction projects, Vacation Bible School, and a medical clinic.
In past years, our team has been able to help with the building of homes for church members in need as well as building or renovating church buildings throughout the surrounding towns. VBS usually follows the medical team to a different village each day and frequently is joined by more than fifty children eagerly singing worship songs, studying the Bible and making crafts. Each year, the medical team is able to see between 700-800 patients, providing them with flouride treatments, vitamins, and education on how to live healthier lives. Redland has gone back to Hato Mayor year after year because of its gracious hosts, safety, family friendly mission environment, and most of all to join the Holy Spirit who is so clearly at work in this community.
This year, Redland will send their team to the Dominican Republic in January to again partner with Pastor Carlos. Slightly different from past years, Redland will put most of our efforts toward a Vacation Bible School at their church’s campground which will be made available to children from surrounding villages. In addition, our construction team will focus their efforts on the completion of two new homes for families in need. In the last years on mission in the DR, we have seen 10-20 small churches spring up around the villages of Hato Mayor. In order to lead these groups of growing believers there is a great need for training new pastors and church leaders. Our team will also spend three nights in discipleship training for these young leaders.
Please pray about how you and your family can be used by God to support this trip whether it be through prayer, financial support, or going personally.