Dominican Republic 2023
Paraklete Baptist Church
Provided funds for Paraklete Baptist Church to . . .
·purchase land and Build a cement structure
·put on a roof with gravity fed water system
·Install lights, wiring, and ceiling
The Lord has been doing a great work in the Timothy Project Ministry (TPM) in the Dominican Republic! Through this ministry, several pastors have been trained and sent out to start churches (see below for more details). Through your generous donations we were able to secure two city lots in the growing city of Progresso for a church to be built and pastored by Pastor Eduardo who was trained through TPM.
Once the city lots were secure, plans moved quickly to start construction. The new building will serve as a church on the main floor and as a pastoral apartment for Pastor Eduardo and his family on the second floor. The pastors from TPM and local hired workers poured the cement structure for the building. The cement block provides a cooler temperature and more stable structure than the typical wood buildings in the area. In typical DR fashion, the electric is powered by generator (until service is connected), and the water for bathrooms/fixtures is pumped from a gravity fed water tank on the roof. Though humble in appearance, this church will be the most well-built building in the city and will be a bright, shining light to this growing community! Pastor Nate and members of Adirondack Baptist Church and Perth Bible Church were able to wire the entire building, install lights, and install a roof and ceiling for both the church and the apartment. The Paraklete Baptist Church was able to have it's first Sunday service on March 12, 2023!
Pastor Eduardo and his wife Elizabeth (pictured first) will be working alongside Assistant Pastor William and his wife Senobia (pictured second) in this new church family. We trust they will be a great team to reach the growing city of Progresso, as there are many families and souls ready to hear the Gospel! Check out the video below of Pastor Nate sharing about the project. Be in prayer as the two city lots will soon be combined into one and work will be done to expand the wall around the lots.
Dominican Republic 2016
Faith Baptist Church
Provided funds for Faith Baptist Church to . . .
·expand Pastor Benito's apartment above the church
·update and expand the kitchen
·relocate and expand bathrooms
This Fall, the Lord took us with Pastor Nate Petersen of Adirondack Baptist Church to the Dominican Republic where He opened our eyes to an incredibly dedicated ministry serving the Lord at full capacity: the Timothy Project Ministry (TPM). This ministry originated when Pastor Jair Muñoz began preaching the Gospel in sugar cane villages in the surrounding areas. Pastor Jair then formed the TPM, dedicated to teaching young people the Scriptures.
From this ministry, 7 national men (pictured first with Jair) rose to the top of the program: 6 pastors, who planted 6 churches in the area, and Ricardo, the program's now highly dedicated administrator. Pastor Benito is one of these national pastors and his church, Faith Baptist Church, hosts TPM sessions. Each Saturday, between 180-200 young people are transported by van, motorcycle, and whatever vehicle possible from their sugar cane villages to the church. Over the course of a single morning, the children and teens study and listen through 8-10 20-minute sessions, learning biblical principles and the tenets of Scripture. The young people are provided lunch, cooked by the women of the ministry, and transported back home.... All free of charge. This program runs for 10 months, ending in a graduation. Faithful attendance is crucial for the young people, as they will not graduate if they miss more than 3 Saturdays during that 10 month period.
Paraklete Ministries was able to visit Faith Baptist Church (as well as several of the other pastors' churches) and assess what needs could be met through your generous giving. Pastor Benito was in desperate need of a larger apartment, located above the women's and men's single stall bathrooms on the property, directly across from the kitchen. This layout created time and space issues as lines to use the facilities formed during the day. Additionally, the kitchen only had a three burner stove in poor condition, making feeding hundreds of young people and staff a great struggle. Paraklete provided funds to expand Pastor Benito's apartment, update and expand the kitchen (now with a new stove!), relocate the bathrooms to a more convenient location, and add more stalls to support the growing ministry. This project will be finalized in February, with ongoing work happening now. Praise be to God who provides above all we could ask or think and takes care of His faithful children! We can only imagine the numerous souls that will be in Heaven due to this ministry!
Dominican Republic 2023
Pastor Isidro's Home
Provided funds for Pastor isidro's Home
·Build a cement structure
·install roof, ceiling, electric, and lights
·majorly upgrade the home!
While Pastor Nate and his team were working on Faith Baptist Church in Progresso (see more details above), we were able to use funds to also work at Pastor Isidro and wife Jackie's home in Consuelito. Pastor Isidro is a national pastor who was trained by the Timothy Project Ministry and has faithfully served in the Consuelito village for over 10 years. Through your generous giving, Pastor Nate and his team were able to update the home by installing a roof, ceiling, wiring, and lights.
Prior to Pastor Nate's arrival, Pastor Isidro and his fellow pastors from Timothy Project Ministry and hired help poured the cement structure of the building. They also installed windows and set the kitchen in place. Pastor Nate and his team worked double time at the church in Progresso and this home and did fabulous work to complete both projects! This project was a huge upgrade for Pastor Isidro and his family and they are so excited to move into their new home.
We are encouraged by the faithful service of the pastors in this country that we’ve been able to help already. We are also thankful for your faithful giving to our ministry as the Lord allows opportunity for us to bless families and ministries like these all over the world!