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1602, 2018

One Person At A Time

By | February 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

It is easy to get caught up in big-picture ministry activity, and forget that God is at work building his church by calling one person at a time into his kingdom. The following story highlights the way God called a young woman, Crismayri Perez, to faith in Jesus Christ, and gave her a passion to bring others to faith, by using the Santo Domingo church, Iglesia Fundamento Biblico, the student arts/music ministry Generation of Change, ministry leaders, and Christian friends, to bring about his will for her life! Crismayri was our interpreter in our recent ministry planning trip to [...]

2809, 2017

Providing Facilities for the Daily Lives of Haitian Orphans

By | September 28th, 2017|Categories: Ministries, Uncategorized|

I’ve previously written about the Shekinah Orphanage in Haiti that Pastor Miguel Castillo from the Dominican Republic established after the Haitian earthquake in 2010. In the aftermath of that awful catastrophe, he helped some Haitian pastors collect children whose parents were killed, and set up an orphanage for them in a safer location. The Shekinah Orphanage currently has 42 children. In that article, I wrote about what happened later in 2016 when hurricane Matthew caused extensive flooding in Haiti which destroyed most of the Shekinah Orphanage building. Although it took several months, through some generous donations the money was raised [...]

2707, 2017

Change the Pastor, Change the Church

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Church|

In the Spring of 2016, I was standing on the open fourth floor of a church in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. It was 92 degrees and very humid. From this height, I looked out on the neighborhood surrounding the church in the middle of the central river district, one of the poorest areas in this city of four million people. Behind me I hear the Spanish chatter of people fellowshipping as they eat a meal together and the cooks working in the small kitchen as they feed the 150 pastors, deacons, and Sunday school teachers who have [...]

2407, 2017

Haitian Orphans Found in Rubble Now Preparing to Attend University

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

On January 12 of 2010, a 7-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, its epicenter near the capitol of Port-au-Prince. Electricity, water, and communication infrastructure was destroyed, which hampered rescue operations and humanitarian aid. By January 24, fifty-two aftershock quakes had followed, and 150,000 people had died. 250,000 homes were destroyed, along with 30,000 commercial buildings. Pastor Miguel Castillo gathered up the men from his church, Iglesia Fundamento Biblico (IFB) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. They procured trucks, collected and loaded them with supplies, and they made the dangerous journey to Haiti where they set up a medical triage clinic. While there, [...]

2212, 2016

Meet Pastor Castillo

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Ministries|Tags: , |

Angel and Clara Castillo live in Santo Domingo, the capitol city of the Dominican Republic.  “Angelito” (as his friends know him) is a founder and preaching pastor of his church, Iglesia Fundamento Bíblico, situated in one of the poorest districts in his nation’s capital.  Pastor Castillo planted his church almost thirty years ago.  His son, Ariel, and his wife and two children also live near the church.  Ariel is a seminary graduate and an elder at the church.  Another son, Daniel, and his family live in Omaha, Nebraska. Pastor Castillo has also planted a number of other churches over [...]