Los Castillos School
// Heather Williams Katz
Church services began in May 2017 in Los Castillos, Dominican Republic. We have seen the impact the church and school is having on our students and their families.
Not long ago, a fight broke out between two families in Redemption village, where our school is currently located and most of the children live. The families got their machetes and were ready to fight. Community leaders stepped in to try to help the families resolve their problems, as the local people gathered around to watch. When one of the leaders asked if anyone had something they wanted to say, one of our school students, eight-year-old Yosely Nolasco, raised her hand. She said that she would like to pray for both of the families—that they would love one another and use words to resolve their problems instead of weapons.
After she finished praying, the crowd started to applaud. The families put down their machetes and agreed to meet with the village leaders to solve their differences. Yosely is not from a Christian family; what she has learned about God has been through our school and church. Our students are learning about loving God and loving others, and are a light for Christ in their community. ~Heather Williams Katz