In Pontezuela, Dominican Republic
February 4, 2019
“When we first moved to Pontezuela just over a year ago, we joined a community where we saw
We have spent the past year building relationships with these beautiful people, and in the process, we met a gifted community leader named Pastor Stanley Philippe. Pastor Stanley has been a unifying force for this community. The church here is a microcosm of the different struggles of community members, and when we first met Stanley, he shared with us a vision for what transformation across the community could look like.
Jesus modeled this kind of transformation for us by meeting the whole needs of the people he encountered (economic, physical, and spiritual). Pastor Stanley shares with us an incredible passion to see this vision for transformation happen in the community.
Construction isn’t finished yet, but the community center is already being put to use. In the morning, a feeding program serves 70+ kids, and we have English classes, job training, and adult education happening in the evenings.
For Pontezuela, this is just the beginning. As needs and strengths within the community are connected, an environment is created where leaders can develop and really thrive. We believe that this model of transformation follows the example that Jesus set when he was here on earth - and with access to food, education, medical care, job opportunities, and spiritual growth, we believe that this community is prepared for incredible growth.”
All around the world, you will find communities with oppressed and invisible people - and in almost every one of those communities, there are already passionate locals like Pastor Stanley who see surrounding needs. So often, they lack the resources or training to meet them in a sustainable way.
This is why your help is so important – by supporting the development of leaders - you empower communities to bring their strengths together. You empower communities around the world to find sustainable, long-term transformation.