ON MISSION | Transforming Lives in the Dominican Republic

by Erin Fonner

God is doing extraordinary work in the Dominican Republic through Mission of Hope. He is transforming nations, one life at a time. Pastor Robinson, a local pastor in Santiago that Mission of Hope works closely with, approached us when there was a terrible house fire in one of the nearby villages. Ruth, a mother of three, had lost her home and everything inside it due to an electrical fire. Having no place to call home, she and her three kids were staying with a relative when she received a knock at the door.

“It was 11:00am. I remember it exactly,” she said. “A local pastor came and knocked on my door. He told me they had heard of our suffering and great loss and wanted to build us a new home!”

From surveying land to hauling concrete blocks, from mixing cement to painting walls, Mission of Hope teams worked alongside the people at Pastor Robinson’s church for months. The joy on Ruth’s and her family’s faces as they moved into their brand-new home was inspiring. “This changes my whole life! To go from having nothing to now a brand-new home, I just can’t believe it! God is so great, and He shows mercy to us even in the very hardest situations.”

God’s mercy did not stop there. When COVID-19 hit the Dominican Republic, Ruth’s house became the epicenter of food distribution for Mission of Hope. Thousands of families have received food and supplies—enough to last two weeks at a time. These families have been hit extremely hard as the country shut down. As people come to Ruth’s house and supplies are distributed, local pastors and volunteers pray with them and share the gospel. Many have come to put their faith in Jesus through this ministry. 

The Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation by size and third by population. It is located on the island of Hispañola with Haiti, and large communities of Haitian people have moved to the DR. Despite improvements in recent years, there is still significant poverty. Together, we can be the hands and feet of Jesus as we help meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people of the Dominican Republic and help transform the lives of every man, woman, and child.

As an organization following Jesus Christ, Mission of Hope exists to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child.