Christian Reformed World Missions' (CRWM) strategic priorities in the Dominican Republic are healthy local churches and community transformation. We work with partners to achieve these priorities while expanding our team’s impact by nurturing a missional community of related ministries. As more interaction and cooperation develops within this community, the vision and mission is more fully fulfilled.
Christian Reformed World Missions' DR Country Team serves in partnership with the Christian Reformed Church in the Dominican Republic (ICRRD), Christian Reformed Schools in the Dominican Republic (COCREF), and the Center for Transforming Mission (CTM). Together, they come alongside national leaders and ministries, providing support, assistance, training, and grants for ministry, contributing to the development of healthy churches and to community transformation. Specific ministry areas include leadership training through Timothy Leadership Training and the Strategy for Transformation; community and economic development through agricultural, literacy, community savings, diaconal ministry and relief work; Christian school development and support, institutional development with partners, etc.
- Steve and Sandra Brauning, CRWM, Field Administrator
- Duane and Shelley Postma, Service & Learning Volunteer Coordinators
- Brad and Ruth Van Beek, partner teachers at Santiago Christian School
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Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) began work in the Dominican Republic in the mid 1970s through contacts made with the Back to God Hour (now called Back to God Ministries International). During initial visits to the field, CRWM missionaries from Puerto Rico found several small congregations in sugarcane plantation villages that had already identified themselves as Christian Reformed. In 1980, Ray and Gladys Brinks became CRWM's first missionaries in the Dominican Republic. God used the Brinks and the missionaries who followed to assist in building a national denomination, the Christian Reformed Church in the Dominican Republic (La Iglesia Cristiana Reformada en la Republica Dominicana, ICRRD). Regional groupings of congregations were organized around the country as well as a joint central committee of missionaries and national leaders, and various national-level ministries.
- Population: 10,219,630 (2013 estimate)
- Language(s): National language: Spanish. Haitian Creole spoken widely by Haitian immigrant community
- Religions: Roman Catholic (+/- 75%), evangelical (+/-20%), other (5%)
- Date entered by World Missions: 1980
- Ministry emphasis: church growth and development, Christian school ministry, mobilize CRCNA, and community transformation.
- Location of work: country-wide
Visit the World Factbook for more information on the Dominican Republic.