We are fortunate to have a variety of ministries to reach out to the people of the Dominican Republic and beyond.
Education: Changing the Future
In the Dominican Republic, public schools are overcrowded and offer a very low standard of education. Many come through this system not knowing how to read and write. In our small town of Baitoa, we believe that every child has the right to a quality education. “Colegio un Lugar de Esperanza,” literally meaning “A Place of Hope,” was founded in 2000 to impact the lives and education of the children in our community. Our mission is to provide a quality education for the children that will launch them into a promising future. Our hope is to help them break the chains of poverty by equipping them both academically and spiritually. We know we are changing a generation by providing them with the tools they need for success.
Our school serves children from age 2 ½ to 7th grade. Each year, we add another grade, with a desire to grow up to grade 12. Recently, we have had to expand into another location, because our school building was too small to adequately serve all of our students. The purchase of this new land was an answer to prayer, and we are excited to expand and start this new adventure. In the next few years, we are continuing to pray for a fully functioning educational facility!
In addition to the newly purchased land, we also have added new teachers and a Christian psychologist to our staff! Our school psychologist is part of our team to provide family counseling, and we have seen many relationships strengthened and changed because of his good work.
For the last 16 years, we have seen God utterly transform the lives of our community through our outreach at A Place of Hope. A strong education, combined with solid Christian principles and the testimony of Jesus’ deep love for His children can change the lives of the children, their families, and this very nation! Will you join with us as we seek to further invest in our local community? Click here for information on how you can sponsor a child's education!
Media: Awakening the Community
One of our most powerful outlets for ministry is through media - both radio and television. In 2008 Leo founded a television network and this year we have added the radio ministry. The media outreach expands the reach of our ministry, exposing communities to everything from education to the power of God to change lives. It is truly amazing.
Family: Breaking Boundaries
Strong families are the most important aspect of any society. Our ministry is breaking boundaries and traditions by teaching the men that they cannot be limited to the role of provider. The men must take an active role in the lives of their children and be examples of faith, love, and respect. Women, who have had to be both mother and father, are now learning that they too have a destiny and purpose in the kingdom of God.
Churches: Impacting the Nation
Our ministry and church base is located in the rural area of Baitoa but the ministry extends to the “barrio of Hato Mayor,” located in the city of Santiago where we have two churches under our covering. One of those churches is the Haitian church that serves as a place of refuge and hope. The presence of God can be felt on our services as we praise and worship with our Caribbean rhythms.
Impacting Daily Life: Providing Clean Water
In a country where clean water does not flow from the tap, an “Agua de Vida” (Water of Life) clean water system provides water to those that cannot afford it.
Those that use water from rivers, streams or the germ infested water from the tap suffer from more sickness and disease. Living Water is a clean water purification system that provides water to those who need it. Clean water is a fundamental need that a community needs to grow and live healthy lives.
Inspiring the Future: Dynamic Youth Ministry
“The Generation of Fire” ministry evangelizes the community through music and drama. Many of the youth write and produce their own music that ministers to the hearts of others.
Spreading His Word: Be Part of a Mission Team!
Mission teams are very influential and important to our vision. Click here to read more about opportunities for Mission Work with A Heart for the Nations International.