Dominican painting

New Life Church has developed an ongoing partnership with a church in the Dominican Republic. Our 7th team in ten years is was in the DR serving last summer. See the DR Team Update below to read a first-hand account of the missions experience.

Along with NLC people, some of the teams have also included people from Faith Community Church in West Concord, as well as other churches. Teams are composed of adults and older teens.

The teams serve alongside a church in the city of Hato Mayor. Primera Igelsia Bautista (First Baptist Church) has a strong ministry and sponsors about 10 smaller mission churches in the region. Our teams have led VBS, done construction, conducted neighborhood evangelism, led special children’s programs, participated in church services, led youth discipleship, and provided training seminars for both the central church and the smaller satellite churches. Last summer the team was focused on youth discipleship, construction of a home for the pastor, and missions engagement.

The leader of Primera Iglesia Bautista, Pastor Amos Caceres, and his family spent a week with the people of New Life Church in 2010. Despite the language barrier, those who have been to the DR feel a special kinship with Pastor Amos and Rosa and the people they serve. Adela Van Dyke, an American missionary who serves in Hato Mayor, has been a huge help to our teams. You can read her latest missions update here.
New Life plans to continue our partnership with the church in the Dominican Republic. Our teams provide encouragement and practical help for the believers in the DR. But team members also find their own commitment to Christ challenged in a significant way. The experience of serving the Lord cross-culturally has had a big impact on those who have served in the DR.

To get a feel for what the team experienced in the DR, you can read the daily updates written by a team member.