Transforming lives through compassion.
Book of HOPE
P.O. Box 139020 Dallas, TX 75313-9020
WHO WE ARE Global Aid Network速 (GAiN)速 offices around the globe have provided relief to millions of people since the early 1990s. The ministry has expanded to a movement that has mobilized close to 15,000 staff and volunteers and provided aid to more than 40 countries. As the relief and development ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, GAiN works with in-country Campus Crusade staff, local church partners, and other non-governmental organizations to demonstrate the love of God in word and deed through relief and development projects.
Dominican Republic, east of Haiti, makes up twothirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Around 42 percent of the population faces unemployment. Many work as farmers producing sugar cane, cement, and tobacco. While schooling is provided for free from ages 5 through 14, man y children in impoverished areas have limited access to education. Few low-income students receive education beyond the primary level, due to financial strains and limited access to education outside the cities. While a majorit y of the country claims Roman Catholicism, many do not practice the religion or have a relationship with Jesus Christ. A growing number of people practice evangelical Christianit y, but there remains a huge need for discipleship and evangelization in rural areas. The Dominican Republic needs people willing to share the hope of Jesus Christ. Dail y, millions of people struggle with disease, proper sanitation, lack of food and means to receive education. Without the hope of Christ they remain destitute, but with the good news of the gospel they can live with joy in all circumstances.
The law requires that the Bible be read in public schools but this is not enforced. Private schools are not obliged to include Bible reading among their weekly activities.
School Childr en Receive t he Book of Hope
Every child loves getting new supplies for school. But imagine never having the opportunity to go to the store and pick out new crayons and notebooks. You pray that your family can come up with one notebook so you can attend class. For many children in the Dominican Republic, this is reality. So when a team of volunteers visited the Dominican Republic with Global Aid Network速, they brought CarePacks to pass out in the schools. The CarePacks contain pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons, notebooks, rulers, erasers, a pencil sharpener, stickers, and toothbrushes. Along with each CarePack, the team distributed the Book of Hope. At one school, the team began to pass out the CarePacks and Book of Hope only to have the teachers interrupt the team. These teachers were overjoyed with the message it presented and asked if they could keep the books to use as their teaching material. Now every child in this school will not only received a book, but will be taught the gospel message. It is through the generous contribution of Book of Hope that children and adults in the Dominican Republic are learning about the good news of Jesus Christ.
On a two-week
trip to the Dominican Republic, volunteers with Global Aid Network handed out over 4,000 copies of the Book of Hope. Currently plans are being finalized to send copies to Zimbabwe and Haiti.
Evangelizing With the Book of Hope I had the pleasure of leading two separate teams to the Dominican Republic. The first team visited the Bateyes, villages in the sugar cane fields where the people live in
poverty. We visited schools, villages and churches where we handed out food, school supplies, and the
Book of Hope. In the evening, each village was invited to attend a showing of the JESUS film. In each location we visited, many prayed to accept the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank you, OneHope, for your donation of the Book of
Hope to the people of the Dominican Republic. Your gift means many can not only read the story of Jesus for themselves, they can also share it with others.
Vice President of Relief and Development Global Aid Network
Transforming lives through compassion.
P.O. Box 139020 Dallas, TX 75313-9020 1-800-778-7806 www.gainusa.org