Pray for Ketley and Vital Pierre working in the East Coast of the Dominican Republic to strengthen local churches and encourage existing churches to plant new ones and disciple new members.
One way Ketley and Vital do this is by leading and coordinating seminars and workshops. Through these sessions, pastors and leaders of local congregations learn how to start and strengthen a broad range of outreach ministries in their communities. The Pierres also serve as a link with volunteer groups, matching them with local ministries according to where they would be the most effective, and encourage and facilitate Haitian mission work both within the D.R. and abroad.
They write - “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43: 18 – 19a (NIV)
Several months ago we reported that the Community Center in La Romana, Dominican Republic, was being used as a food distribution site during the pandemic. Not only did many hungry Haitian families within the Alliance of Baptist Churches receive food, but also many neighbors in the area surrounding the center were given food. What an impact this ministry has had! On the first Sunday when in-person services were held at the Oasis Church at the Community Center (pictured), there were 15 new attendees and 8 of those professed Christ as Lord and Savior. Yes! “God is doing a new thing!”
Besides the distribution of rice, beans, and other essentials at the Community Center, the Baptist Alliance has also helped multiple families with rent assistance. It has been a blessing to see the leaders of churches throughout La Romana find funds to assist those who have been without income for the past 4 months! In the midst of covid-19 stresses, the Baptist Alliance has been an encouragement to those suffering.