Six churches are a part of our network in the Dominican Republic. Six churches that we believe are pillars for the community, a local place where relationships can flourish, and people can come and cling to the Lord. These churches are prayed over, fought for, and loved fervently. There are so many people involved in our mission, including our family, the Hope Mountain staff, the hundreds of missionaries that have come and served with us, those that pray for us internationally, and those support us financially.
There are countless hearts invested, which we are incredibly grateful for. Although on paper it may seem difficult to manage everything at times, the Lord calls us to greater things, and he says he will never give us too much to handle (1 Cor 10:13). We can always give our burdens to him because his yoke is easy and his burden is light (Mat 11:28-30). All that being said, why stop at six churches? There is always a need for more, and the Lord has equipped us for more!
Out of the 10,793,067 inhabitants in the Dominican Republic, an astounding 10,758,067 people there do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Our Hope4DR churches are unique to the needs and culture of their respective communities. Our church leaders are trained and coached to continue to plant churches. It is our desire to see Evangelical churches in every community. Since many do not have the means to drive to church a few times a week, keeping the churches within the community ensures the attendance and participation of the members. Our six Hope4DR churches work within their respective communities in providing counseling, mentoring, church services and community events.
We have come to see the amazing fruit of our efforts as residents of these communities continually share their stories of difficulty with us. The numbers can be overwhelming but we are determined to not give up, God is needed here, and as vessels for him we will continue to plant churches and bring light to Jesus’ name. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal 6:9).