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The Lord did an amazing work by laying on the hearts of generous brothers and sisters in Christ to donate funds for all of the projects on this trip! Pastor Pedro da Cunha of Iglesia Bautista Cristiana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic worked with Paraklete to allocate the funds for work on several ministries in the area. Both Pastor Pedro and his church, IBC, graciously sacrificed time, energy, and resources to make this trip successful for our team.
Pastor Pedro and his wife Natacha
Painted the exterior of a school
Rewired the entire school
Built pulpits for the school classrooms
Funded work to build two new bathrooms at one church and reroof another church
Our team of 16 teens and 11 youth sponsors (many of which had never left the United States before!) accomplished much during the week at the Christian school, Colegio Bautista Cristiano. Several of the teens and sponsors set to work painting the exterior of the school, scraping away the old paint and rolling on the new. An extremely patient crew of teens and sponsors spent most of the week digging trenches in the hot sun and feeding unruly wire from the street to the electric panel to completely rewire the building. And finally, a few team members skillfully crafted podiums for the teachers to use in the classrooms. Money was also donated to build two new bathrooms at one church, Iglesia Bautista Fundamental Evangélica pastored by Pastor Julio Rosa, and to reroof another church, Iglesia Bautista Rey de Reyes pastored by Pastor Sigfrido Objío.
Truly, the Lord provided above and beyond all we could ask or think on this trip. Through financing the projects, protecting the team as they were unexpectedly split up traveling to the DR, giving the team opportunity to "play" as hard as they worked on amazing tours of the city and beaches, and connecting hearts of believers across the ocean for all eternity, God did the greatest work of this trip. We cannot wait to see what He does next. Praise God for His unfathomable ways!
Thanks from Pastor Pedro
Senior Pastor of IBC
"First of all, I would like to say that this group was a most amazing group of believers by God's amazing grace. I was so surprised to see a group of believers in another country giving their all, with no complaining, with the greatest enthusiasm. God's glory was always on their mind. I loved to see Pastor Jim’s tremendous and truly loving leadership and how the church followed. The work done at the site was accomplished with great professionalism in record time. It was very hard work but we also had many great fun times throughout the week. Because of the donation and the work done, our school was able to start 9th grade (and this year 10th). We grew around 12 percent, and this year we are growing a lot more. Next year, we need to build more classrooms! God's grace never ceases to amaze us, and never should. To God be the glory!"