We visited the capitol city of Santo Domingo. Kendra thought that it would be good for us to see the historical sites. I’m so glad she took us around the city. We saw the oldest street, the first cathedral and the oldest school. Amazing! But the true highlight was getting a tour of a church in a poor area of the city.
We had the opportunity to visit with Doris, Raul and their pastor, Elbin Jose Castillo, at Communidad Christiana de Restauracion in east Santo Domingo. This church was planted in the middle of a very poor and dangerous part of town. It was wonderful to see their work with 75 pregnant girls from the months of their pregnancy through to when their children are three, at which point their partnership with Compassion International kicks in as they care for children holistically through high school.
We were impressed by their water purification efforts through a plant provided by Healing Waters (based in Golden, Colorado), which produces clean water at 1/5 the market price, allowing them to provide clean water much more cheaply, while at the same time providing a cottage industry for 24 families in the area. They are hoping to increase the distribution sites to 50, providing even more income for families, as well as safe water for even more people. This is especially important since drinking tap water is very unsafe in the city.
They welcome teams of people to come and help them in their efforts. They recently purchased a home on the same block as the church and will be converting it into a medical clinic. There is always something that needs to be done. If you would like to help, let me know and I can help you make a connection with them.
Enjoy some pics from Santo Domingo.