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  • Eastern Dominican Christian Mission September 2013 Ryan, Erin, Micah & Josiah VandeLinde School Days GET READY. . . Last fall we celebrated the completion of the multi-purpose building in Villa Esperanza, Punta Cana. The church in Villa In This Issue School Days: Get Ready, Get Set, GO! Contact Information Micah's Minute and Josiah's Jot EDCM Needs Contact Information Contact Information It's school time! EDCM Newsletter September 2013 Esperanza (Village of Hope) immediately began using the third floor for worship services as we began to prepare the first two floors for a school. In the past year we have worked towards the goal of opening the school this fall. Work teams from the US and the Dominican Republic constructed a playground; artfully painted classrooms; spread gravel in the schoolyard; built much needed shelving; donated school supplies, office supplies and funds for tables, chairs and desks; addressed plumbing issues; painted the exterior of the building; touched up the interior paint of the building; remodeled a portion of the old building on grounds to serve as a cafeteria; as well as countless other tasks to prepare for this school year. Contact Information Rick & Suzanne York Email: rickandsuzanneyork@gmail.com Forwarding Agent: Ken Rutledge 7539 Little Galilee Road Clinton, IL 61727 Ryan & Erin VandeLinde Email: ryanvandelinde@hotmail.com Cell: 1-809-707-3069 Forwarding Agent: Eastern Dominican Christian Mission PO Box 20136 Roanoke, VA 24018* *for all financial donations
  • Lucia working in the cafeteria up the interior paint of the building; remodeled a portion of the old building on grounds to serve as a cafeteria; as well as countless other tasks to prepare for this school year. school yard- before making the cafeteria window Ryan & Erin VandeLinde Email: ryanvandelinde@hotmail.com Cell: 1-809-707-3069 Forwarding Agent: Eastern Dominican Christian Mission PO Box 20136 Roanoke, VA 24018* *for all financial donations Micah's Minute "Cha ryuht!" (attention) Yep, I know Korean now. I've been picking up quite a few new words in Korean these days since I am taking Taekwondo. I have been in classes for about a month and I can't wait to
  • school yard- after Dominican youth painting a shelf they built. GET SET. . . Franklin, the minister in Villa Esperanza, Punta Cana, and his wife Ilonka, the director of the school, took on the administrative portion of the project. They spent months preparing for the August opening as well. They had countless meetings with the Dominican Ministry of Education; hired 6 teachers, a secretary, a custodian and a cafeteria worker; placed ads of the local radio to notify the public of the school opening; designed a school seal; ordered uniforms for students; reviewed books and planned curriculum; and prayed for students. earn my first belt. I am working hard to learn everything I need to know for my first exam in November. So until next time "wat" or "good bye". -Micah Age 7 Josiah' s Jot Lucia working in the cafeteria making the cafeteria window "Cha ryuht!" (attention) Yep, I know Korean now. I've been picking up quite a few new words in Korean these days since I am taking Taekwondo. I have been in classes for about a month and I can't wait to
  • Dominican youth painting a shelf they built. GET SET. . . Franklin, the minister in Villa Esperanza, Punta Cana, and his wife Ilonka, the director of the school, took on the administrative portion of the project. They spent months preparing for the August opening as well. They had countless meetings with the Dominican Ministry of Education; hired 6 teachers, a secretary, a custodian and a cafeteria worker; placed ads of the local radio to notify the public of the school opening; designed a school seal; ordered uniforms for students; reviewed books and planned curriculum; and prayed for students. This summer the students began to enroll for the fall. At the end of July only 20 students had registered and we began to worry about how Josiah' s Jot Painting the kindergarten classroom- October 2012 we would finance the project. But we were sure of the need of an affordable education in Villa Esperanza since less than half of the school aged children in the area attend school. We prayed that God would provide financially so we could meet the need without creating a burden for the church or the mission. The kindergarten classroom awaiting students- August 2013 On August 20, we opened our doors to the first group of children in the Colegio Color Esperanza (Color of Hope School). During the first few weeks of school the attendance continued to grow. We breathed a sigh of relief when we knew we had enough children to cover the teacher's salaries and the children continued to enroll. We reached our maximum capacity of 102 children at the beginning of this month! We are thrilled that God has blessed us with a school full of children and currently the school is able to fund itself with its day to day expenses! Happy Birthday, Josiah! We celebrated my 3rd birthday at school on Monday with my friends. I really wanted a Beast party, you know like "Beauty and the Beast" but my Mom couldn't find any party stuff with just the beast. So. . . we decided on the next best thing, Mickey Mouse. It was fun and even my Nani came all the way from the United States to celebrate with me. She made special Mickey Mouse cupcakes with Oreos for ears! They were so yummy. Today I asked my mom when it would be my birthday again. I loved it so much I can't wait until next year! Josiah age 3 PHYSICAL NEEDS Bus for the La Romana church plant ($25,000)
  • month! We are thrilled that God has blessed us with a school full of children and currently the school is able to fund itself with its day to day expenses! Josiah age 3 PHYSICAL NEEDS Bus for the La Romana church plant ($25,000) Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, etc...for each of our 6 preachers Signs for each church plant ($600 each, 3 needed) PRAYER NEEDS Punta Cana School The kindergarten classroom- September 2013 GO. . . to school! The school serves children ages 3 to fourth grade from 8:00 am until 12:00pm, Monday through Friday. Each student pays a monthly fee of 1000 pesos, less than $24, to attend the school. An afternoon meal and daycare is provided for children that attend the school for an additional 1000 pesos. From first through fourth grade they are offered all the basics such as reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science. They also have once a week instruction in physical education, English, civics, arts and the Bible. In preschool and in kindergarten the focus is on pre- writing, letter recognition and beginning mathematics. As expected, there are many children entering school for the first time or transferring from schools that have been closed due to the inability to meet government standards. As a result approximately one-third of the children attending the school do not meet the standards for their age and grade requirements. We are trying to meet each child where he is by providing extra assistance within the classroom. We have excellent teachers that are up to the challenge as they desire to help make a difference in the lives of children and within their own community. We hope to soon be able to hire another staff member to assist children with special needs when the financial resources become available to do so. A preschooler with her teacher Growth in churches Thank you for your prayers! God listens and answers! EDCM Online www.easterndominican.com Facebook Eastern Dominican Christian Mission
  • A couple students showing their muscles after physical education. A first grader working in her classroom. Although we are still working out the details of running a school with over 100 students, we are very encouraged at where we are and how far God has brought us in the past year. Colegio Color Esperanza means Color or Hope School. We, as Christians, have found a hope because we know a Savior that loves us. We have seen this hope spread in the Villa Esperanza (Village of Hope) as God transformed the town through the church. We look forward to seeing hope continue to spread in the lives of those in the Color of Hope School, the church, and its surrounding community. We thank you for all your support with prayers, finances and the sweat and tears you have put into this project. Please continue to support this project with your prayers as God leads us to discover and rediscover His hope in the lives of a small Dominican community. The EDCM Mission Team www.easterndominican.com Forward email This email was sent to missionsrvcs@gmail.com by ryanvandelinde@hotmail.com | Update Profile/Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe | Privacy Policy. Eastern Dominican Christian Mission | P. O. Box 20136 | Roanoke | VA | 24018