Preaching in the DR
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Preaching in the DR

Mark 16:15 instructs us to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Our church in Bombita is certainly obeying that command. Recently, Pastor Nicolas Santos, along with pastors from other churches in the area, hosted an outdoor evangelistic service in Bombita. […]

Same Goal, Different Ways
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Same Goal, Different Ways

In February, two teams joined together to serve in our schools. Foundation Academy from Winter Garden, Florida, came prepared for everything soccer. At each school they visited, Gio Moraes shared an object lesson using two soccer balls. […]

DR Women's Health Event
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DR Women's Health Event

Pregnancy can be a wonderful and exciting time for women, but it also carries risks for the moms and babies. In the past year here in the DR, we have been saddened to hear of many women in the area dying from complications during labor or shortly after giving birth. […]

Students on Mission
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Students on Mission

When Keith Yarborough first walked into the New Missions Orlando office in the spring of 2009, he saw a sign above a scenic Caribbean picture with this simple phrase: “Too close to ignore.” The sign literally caused Keith to stop in his tracks and consider those words. Less than a year later, Keith made the short trip from Florida to Haiti for the first time with a team of students. […]

The Sweetest Work
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The Sweetest Work

George, Jr. and Paula DeTellis were in Haiti recently photographing some amazing children to encourage child sponsorship. They asked me to go with them […]

High School Prayer Group
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High School Prayer Group

Students at our high school started a prayer group on campus in 2011, and have kept it going ever since. They call themselves Guerrier Shalom—Warriors of Peace—and meet daily during a break to pray and encourage each other. […]

DR Independence Day
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DR Independence Day

Every year, during the month of February, our schools and students in the Dominican Republic celebrate and remember their freedom. […]

Growing Up with Sponsor Children
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Growing Up with Sponsor Children

When Zach and Abby Taggart were in elementary school they attended a comedy concert with their parents, Brian and Karin. It was a Laugh All Night event in 2009, where the entire family learned about New Missions. Brian and Karin made a decision that night: Zach and Abby would each choose a sponsor child who was their same age and gender. […]

Love Changes Everything
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Love Changes Everything

Why do we do what we do? Because God first loved us—we share His love with others. From a ministry perspective, our mission is most effective when the Gospel becomes personal. […]

Yearly Bible Verse
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Yearly Bible Verse

In early September, we had a school directors’ meeting to begin the school year. One of the things we did was present the Bible verse of the year for our schools: “It’s not by might. It’s not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord. This mountain shall be removed by my Spirit says the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6-7) […]

Dominican Republic Update
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Dominican Republic Update

We recently celebrated National Bible Month in the Dominican Republic. While our students learn about God’s love and the Bible every day at school, special events were planned during this month. Students memorized passages from the Bible and learned more about God’s Word. […]

Dia de la Raza
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Dia de la Raza

On the same day Columbus Day is observed in the U.S., Dia de la Raza (Day of the Race) is celebrated in the Dominican Republic. On this day, our students learn about how the island was discovered and founded, and they also learn about different countries and their cultures. Our students are learning about God’s love for everyone—regardless of their color or background. […]

They Finally Met
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They Finally Met

With her passport in her right hand, and a photo of Sandy, the girl her family sponsors from Haiti in her left hand, five-year-old Lilah smiled from ear to ear. The moment she had been dreaming about was finally here. She was going to Haiti with her mom and dad to meet her Haitian sister, Sandy. […]

Accepted
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Accepted

After submitting several college applications, my granddaughter received the word “accepted” from the school of her choice. For a child in a Third World country, the word “accepted” is not often heard. For children in Haiti, there is a lack of schools and teachers. For children in the Dominican Republic, there are limited schools—plus transportation and financial constraints. […]

Dominican Republic Update
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Dominican Republic Update

Our children’s program in Los Castillos has been going strong now for over a year. During the past year, we have seen amazing spiritual growth in the kids. Many of the teenagers have become leaders in the group and leaders in church as well. We recently finished a series with the children talking about different Christian values. We talked about love, respect, honesty, kindness, generosity and many others. […]

Kindergarten Graduations
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Kindergarten Graduations

This year, each of our New Missions elementary campuses held a kindergarten graduation. In Haiti, the education system begins with two years of preschool followed by kindergarten. Typically, students are five years old when they graduate from kindergarten. The fact that the child has reached his fifth year is significant, and we love to celebrate fifth birthdays in our schools. In Haiti, the mortality rate for children under five has gradually been decreasing—but it’s 
still much higher than most of the world. So, you can see why birthday parties and graduation for this age group are exciting! […]

Haiti Baptismal Event
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Haiti Baptismal Event

My husband Ted and I spent a week with Charlie and Rachel DeTellis, mission directors in Haiti, along with a mission team from First Baptist Woodstock, Georgia. One of the team members spoke at a mid-week service at the Bire church and gave an invitation. […]

Lord, Here I Am
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Lord, Here I Am

What would be the ultimate hope and prayer for our graduates? May they pray: “Here I am Lord, use me.” With the breeze blowing through the New Missions church in Signeau, Haiti, graduates from our Bible college began their processional line dressed in their caps and gowns. Family and friends gathered to celebrate this milestone of an accomplishment. […]

Writing to Your Child
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Writing to Your Child

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a New Missions student show up for a sponsor visit holding a photo or letter in his hand from their sponsor. […]

DR Mission Teams
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DR Mission Teams

Mission teams coming to the Dominican Republic help boost our local outreach and evangelistic efforts. Most teams come prepared with Bible lessons to share with our students. We also plan other outreach events to utilize the expertise and skills of people coming on teams. […]