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Christian Dominican Evangelistic Mission
Christian Dominican Evangelistic Mission is a mission organization made up of Dominican national pastors and workers who are striving to reach Monte Cristi and the surrounding areas with the saving message of Jesus Christ.

Season's greetings from CDEM

The members of the U.S. & D.R. Boards and D.R. team send you joyful wishes of a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!. It's that time of year when we gather with friends and family to celebrate the birth of our Savior. This season also brings the opportunity to reflect on 2015 and anticipate the beginning of a new year in 2016. 
This time of reflection at CDEM makes us to pause with humble appreciation for all that God has blessed for His Kingdom in 2015.  He has been good in providing supporters, Alberto Rivas, and Christian Dominican workers who are faithful and compassionate toward glorifying Him and the advancement of His great commission. 
As we look forward with anticipation toward 2016, we have been in prayer for His guidance by evaluating our vision and assessing our priorities.  It is our desire to see God adding souls to His family, and to see those who are saved to mature in their Christ-like lives. We move forward in all of our ministries with faith, after much prayer and trusting God to lead and provide. CDEM includes church plantings and a school to carry out the Lord's work and to support our vision.
CDEM has four church plants, all doing well.  We desire to add more churches as the Lord opens doors for locations including the provision of spiritual leaders and pastors.  Many souls have accepted Jesus as Savior and have died to self in baptism.
CDEM supports the school established in Buenos Aires, including 105 students in six classrooms, from entry level through fourth grade. As the students advance, CDEM’s vision includes adding fifth grade and increasing from half day classes to full day classes. The CDEM vision has been encouraged by the influence of the school in community, with the furthering of His Kingdom resulting in twenty-three parents of the school children who now attend the church and have been baptized.  More than 50 children from the school also attend the church.
Three priorities have been identified to support our forward progress.

  • The first priority is the Buenos Aires school maintenance and future expansion. This requires attention to the buildings and provisions, an increase in operating funds, and planning for full day classes and adding the fifth grade.
  • The second priority is maintenance and completion of four churches. This requires maintaining current costs, anticipated future increases in salaries for retention of qualified leaders, and completion of unfinished construction.
  • The third priority for 2016 is replacement of the 15-passenger van used to bring people who are not within walking distance from surrounding areas to the church in Monte Cristi.

We foresee our future as needing to basically double our operating budget per year to meet the upcoming needs of the school and taking care of our team in the Dominican Republic. We are not deterred by this future need for resources, knowing God will provide as we prayerfully seek to follow His guidance in our vision at CDEM. We invite you to join us in His work in the Dominican Republic.

Buenos Aires School
The school has benefited the community of Buenos Aires with a direct impact toward improved education and social skills.  Offering this school helps to protect these small children from dangers in the community and reduces the percent of drugs in the community.
To support the current 105 students , the school employs six teachers and two helpers.  As the students advance, adding the fifth grade will require two additional teachers and at least two more helpers, as well as additional classroom facilities.
Please partner with us through monthly support for a student at $40 or a teacher at $270. Currently, only six students are sponsored through financial support.
 
Churches
The baptism of 6 in Barrero, November 2015, is encouraging evidence of the fruits of His work through saving souls and obedience to Him. To sustain and increase this blessing, national leaders who are strong in faith and Biblical knowledge are needed. Currently, monthly support to the mission/pastoral team is $5215 monthly. An increase in the monthly gifts to the missionary/pastors on the Dominican Republic team is imminent, as we are struggling to keep them in place.By increasing the monthly gifts, we could help to stabilize some of the turnover, which is a projected increase to $7,715 per month.  Unfinished construction, including windows and security bars at Monte Cristi and Barrero church buildings is an estimated cost of $4,940.
 
Van Replacement
While many use motorcycle transportation, there are many more who are not currently able to attend the church in Monte Cristi because they do not have transportation. The current van has seen many years and hard miles in a challenging environment. It is currently not in working condition, creating a significant reduction in the number of Dominicans, many children, who can attend the church in Monte Cristi. CDEM currently has $10,000 of the estimated $30,000 needed to replace it.
 
CDEM Prayer Cards are being mailed and are available at your request to hang on your refrigerator, bulletin board, prayer corner, or any visible spot.to remind you of the CDEM, These cards are a good reminder to pray and support Alberto Rivas and children, the Dominican national Christian leaders, and the vision to share the saving message of Jesus Christ to the Dominican people.

Please consider donating--one time gifts, student or teacher sponsorships, or participating in a short term mission trip.

  • Financial contributions may be sent to:
  • Nic Coers: 503 Hillcrest Drive, Emden, IL 62635
  • Website: CDEMDR.org website
  • Short term mission trips may be arranged through Alberto Rivas @ montecristicdem@yahoo.com or 319-248-9511.
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