Coach Jose Luciano
Cibao Sur Region I AM READY TO GIVE!
Revival in Constanza
Constanza is one of the most beautiful locations in the Dominican Republic. This majestic valley, nestled in the Central Cordillera Mountains, is home to stunning terrain and a climate for agricultural production. The richness of this city contrasts sharply with the extreme poverty in which much of the population resides. At a glance only the beauty of the crops and the green of its mountains are visible but internally in the numerous alleys and slums, inequality readily becomes evident.
Rubelina Candelario is a young woman living in Constanza. She cares for her three children in a battered house on a small street. With her ailing husband unable to provide financially for the family, Rubelina’s situation becomes even more extreme. In a community where 75% of production activity is related to agriculture, employment opportunities for women with low education are minimal.
The Pentecostal Church of God has been in Constanza for more than a decade, currently led by Pastor Isaiah Tellerías and his wife Maria. They have worked hard trying to impact the community with the Gospel. After three years, disappointment began to gain ground on faith. (The apathy of the mountain people to traditional preaching is highly known in our country). When they were invited to join a network for training in Integral Missions for AVI/LSI, their prayers seemed to find answers. Like most pastors who are involved in the training, their hearts began to overflow with the idea of an open church to the community that would serve the most pressing needs. One of these needs was inaccessibility for women to gain income. The church began a community development literacy ministry that taught reading and writing to adults with an additional course being added to teach women how to produce and sell home goods such as quilts, bedding, bathroom accessories, recycling material, and clothing repair.
To Rubelina this was a hopeful opportunity. These community development courses have equipped her with valuable tools to improve the condition of her family. Her first job, with what she learned in the course of recycling allowed her to earn enough to buy a sewing machine from her earnings. She began a small business from home, making alterations, school bags, and other items. It is not much that she earns; nevertheless she is still able to provide while her husband recovers. These community development ministries not only empowers people financially but emotionally and spiritually. Today her eyes sparkle with hope, her dreams continue to grow, but much more important than that, so does her hope in Christ. Four other women have experienced the same victories like Rubelina, while another large group is being trained and equipped to do so. Since AVI / LSI began training churches in the South Cibao region, we have been eager for results like these. Pastor Isaiah his wife Mary tell us that if we have faith, like the beautiful fields of the mountains, God will prosper and flourish the hearts in Constanza as well.
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