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Ruben and Mary Celeti, Weston Rayborn: Bold Hope missionaries

La Romana, Dominican Republic

Our team of missionaries relocated to the DR in early 2020 after rising unrest on the other side of the island of Hispaniola. They are passionate about seeing leaders, churches, and entire communities thrive in the name of Jesus. They work directly with churches and other ministries to empower locals. Ruben is the Director of Hispaniola and oversees all Bold Hope operations in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic, working with our staff and locals.

FundaciĆ³n Neuva Alegria & Pastor Liony

La Romana, Dominican Republic

Pastor Liony was born in the DR, lived in the US for a time, and has returned to serve his home country. He has developed various ministries and connections throughout the DR and specifically in bateyes. He works with children and youth through a wide range of initiatives to promote growth and development.

Iglesia Evangelica Luz Divina & Pastor Mede

La Romana, Dominican Republic

Our partner Pastor Mede has deep knowledge of many bateyes and of the Haitian community in the city of La Romana. We are connected with his church and are working to develop new initiatives in the most vulnerable areas.

the Dominican Republic Hope Initiatives

Our HOPE initiatives are programs and projects undertaken by our local partners with the aim of inspiring HOPE in the people they serve. Bold Hope comes alongside the long-term vision of these faithful men and women to provide financial assistance as well as support in the form of short-term mission teams.

Bold Hope Educational Programs

Educational Programs

Children are released from school around noon, however many have to stay an additional three or more hours until their parents return from work. Our partners are passionate about using that time to provide art, problem solving and development-focused activities in order for the children to continue learning and growing.

Learn more about our Educational Programs Hope Initiative

Bold Hope Medical Care

Medical Care

Haitians without documentation (most living in bateyes) do not have access to public or private health. Our partners look forward to working closely with medical teams and local hospitals to provide medical care to these communities.

Learn more about our Medical Care Hope Initiative

Bold Hope Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Our missionaries work alongside local ministries, churches, and leaders to share the love of Jesus which impacts and transforms all aspects of life. Through sports, events, and programs, community needs are and the gospel goes forth. 

Learn more about our Community Outreach Hope Initiative

Bold Hope Community Development

Community Development

The long-term goal of our missionaries is to see these communities thriving. This process begins with child sponsorship as a means for impacting the whole family, and works towards transformation in individuals as well as the bateyes as a whole. Empowering the next generation of leaders through skills training, feeding programs, English language learning, etc. is the next step in developing a flourishing community.

Learn more about our Community Development Hope Initiative

Bold Hope Children's Ministry

Children's Ministry

Children are a large part of ministry in the DR. Children- and youth-focused programs and events are especially important during the summer when children do not go to school and are left with nothing to do. Sports, Vacation Bible Schools, art classes and other events keep kids learning and growing outside of the educational setting.

Learn more about our Children's Ministry Hope Initiative

Bold Hope Church Partnerships

Church Partnerships

Many church leaders in the area our partners serve have not had formal theological training. There is an opportunity to come alongside the pastors and leaders of local churches through leadership training, theological teaching, and pastoral support.

Learn more about our Church Partnerships Hope Initiative