Inauguration in the Dominican Republic

After months of preparation, the Maranatha Volunteers International team in the Dominican Republic, in its most recent effort, has begun building the first church in this Caribbean nation. Maranatha has worked here four times before, and this latest effort includes a campaign to build about 30 churches in the Santo Domingo area. Prior to construction, Maranatha executives had to select crew members, establish a fabrication shop, and find viable accommodations for volunteer projects.

Maranatha Volunteers International.

The first congregation to receive a new building is La Caleta 5 Seventh-day Adventist Church, a daughter congregation of a Maranatha church built in the early 1990s. Currently, these members meet in a cramped space but are excited about the prospect of having a permanent sanctuary with enough room to grow. Crews are on site preparing the property and will soon be pouring a foundation and erecting a steel frame before volunteers from the Maranatha Family Project arrive to lay the block walls in December.

Maranatha Volunteers International.

Maranatha Volunteers International.

Maranatha has worked in the Dominican Republic for a long time. In 1980, after the destruction of Hurricane David, Maranatha built 160 houses there. In 1992, the Dominican Republic was the site of a watershed moment of growth for Maranatha, when the organization coordinated the construction of 25 churches over a three-month period. Dubbed “Santo Domingo ’92”, it was the first time Maranatha had focused on one location for multiple volunteer projects. Subsequent efforts took place in 2003 and 2013, and in 2022 Maranatha returned once more.

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