Madeline’s mission work takes place in the severely impoverished bateyes (bah-tays) communities. Teams meet local needs by bringing supplies such as food, clothes and bedding. They also set up medical clinics; offer training in hygiene, birth control and domestic violence prevention; and lead Vacation Bible School programs. In Cuba, Madeline works with the Eastern Cuba Baptist Convention and the churches in the Jiguani district in Granma.
I have recently been reassigned to serve as IM’s Global Coordinator for Education. In this newly created global servant role, my ministry will focus on identifying, reporting, networking, encouraging, and resourcing ministries of education for IM global servants and partners.
Sister Olga Ramos Marcano reports about a recent short-term mission trip her team made to the Dominican Republic. Here is what she says “This short-term mission has made us more sensitive to the needs of others, including the people around us…. Our relationship with others cannot be the same. We will strive to be better human being; treat those around us with love, respect, better understanding, patience and be more tolerant.”
Ketly and Vital Pierre work in the East Coast of the Dominican Republic to strengthen local churches and encourage existing churches to plant new ones and disciple new members.
A team of seven individuals named “The Lion Chasers” from Rye (CO) was originally heading to Kukra Hill in Nicaragua earlier in June, to continue to support a sister congregation. Plans changed and the team headed to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, to work along side two global servants, Rev. Vital & Kelly Pierre.