Year-End Report 2017
Praises!! Wonderful things that God has done in 2017.
· Evan Isaac was born on April 9, 2017 – happy and healthy!
· Five new youth joined our team in 2017. Each one has been a GREAT addition to the team. We can see how their presence has made our team stronger.
· Our youth team ministered to children and families in six neighborhoods throughout the year, hosted a special parent-child day, responded to needs after Hurricane Irma, hosted a hygiene clinic and began to visit parents and families in their homes each week after class.
· Four groups, for a total of 22 individuals, completed the discipleship book , Foundations, and are now equipped to begin discipling others with this book.
· Three churches we support completed the study of the book of Luke using the Community Bible Study materials.
· Three mission teams visited our ministry: Bethel University, San Diego (October), Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (November), and Resurrection Lutheran Church (August).
· Repaired and added a room to a home in Santo Domingo, provided a donation towards the rebuilding of another home in Consuelo, provided a donation towards new chairs for a new church building in Santo Domingo, provided a donation to build a fence around a new school building in El Valiente, donated food for hurricane relief.
· Our largest group ever, 42 individuals, attended the Global Leadership Summit in Santo Domingo.
· We started the process of legal incorporation of our ministry in the Dominican Republic with the name of Ministerio Ramas Vivas Internacional, which means Living Branches Ministry International.
· Rent/buy a larger building for our youth team in Hato Mayor.
· Complete the incorporation of our ministry.
· Increase our monthly support by $800/month by finding 6-12 individuals who will invest $50-$200 a month in our ministry. Faithful monthly support allows us to make plans and add programs with confidence because we know that the money to support the new ministries will be there each month.
· Be intentional about supporting leaders in new communities – sending two leaders to supervise, encourage and guide new teams twice a month.
· Be intentional about getting to know and support each individual on the ministry team – will do individual meetings with each individual quarterly to listen, set goals, provide feedback & pray together.
· Develop our new ministry to adolescents (13-17 years) using workshops (crafts, wood working, music, English, etc) and weekly Bible study.
· Host two new discipleship classes.
· Start a small business selling the crafts & sewing projects we’ve learned to make.