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Who We Are

Our Mission

Our mission is to plant Christian churches in the Dominican Republic. To provide Christian education to children, to create sustainable development projects, and to help improve the lives of the people we serve.

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Our Story

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Obeying the call of God to go into the Dominican Republic, Uriel and Becky Castrillon along with their four small children moved from the United States to Barahona in 1997. Armed with a vision from Jesus to share His Gospel with people in unreached areas, the Castrillon family began to hold evangelistic outreaches and plant churches in the Southern part of the Dominican Republic.

Today they oversee five churches in the towns of Cristobal, Salinas, Saladillo and Polo. The ministry is continually expanding seeking to purchase and build new church buildings to accommodate the new believers coming to faith in Christ.

In addition, the ministry has a strong outreach program to children with Child Development Centers in the towns of Cristobal and Saladillo. In cooperation with Compassion International and the Dominican National Council for Children and Adolescents the Bread of Life Centers assists over 600 children in a daily, 4-hour, after school educational program that includes one nutrition meal.

 

We are endeavoring to prepare these children to lead successful lives and affect positive change in the country of the Dominican Republic and the world.

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Our Team

And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken. - Eccl 4:9,12

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Uriel & Becky Castrillon

Founders

Uriel and Becky met and got married in 1986 while Uriel was on staff at Evangel Cathedral Church of God in Middle River, MD. Becky was serving on staff at her parents church, House of Prayer, in Cleveland, OH.

 

In 1988 they planted the All Nations Church of God in Baltimore, MD. Later on, they served on staff at the House of Prayer church from 1991 till 1997 when they moved as full-time missionaries to the southern area of Dominican Republic in the town of Barahona along with their four small children.

 

After nine years of evangelistic and church planting ministry they returned stateside and served on staff at Reimage Church, Winterville, NC from 2006 until May of 2011. Uriel served as Associate Pastor and Becky as Administrative Assistant to the Child Development Center.

 

Uriel continues to oversee DR Mission and also serves as assistant pastor at Life Source International Church in Baltimore, MD in charge of Hispanic Ministries overseeing 15 latin churches in the U.S., Honduras, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. 

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Tomás A. Cuevas

Pastor, The Church in Cristobal/Director of Dominican Republic

Tomás A. Cuevas is the Pastor of our church in Cristobal and Director of our ministry in the Dominican Republic. He was 8 years old when Uriel and Becky first met him and invited him to attend church. Tomás gave his life to Jesus Christ and has served Him since. He is an accomplished preacher in addition to leading our mother church in Cristobal.

 

He  oversees four churches, one new church plant, the Water Purification Plant, and our Child Development Center which, provides 600 children with four hours of daily Christian education and a nutritious meal in partnership with Compassion International and the Dominican Government.

 

Tomas is married to Arielina. They have a son, Jeremy.

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Javier & Leidy de Jesus Plata

Director, Child Development Center (The Bread of Life), Cristobal

Javier de Jesus Plata is the Director of our Child Development Center which is called “The Bread of Life” in the town of Cristobal. He has also served as president of National Network of Youth. He has received several national awards for his work as community leader and in 2014 he was chosen to travel to United States as youth ambassador from Central America through a program sponsored by Georgetown University. As a child, Javier was one of our sponsored children who gave his heart to Jesus at the age of 10. Javier is pursuing a business administration degree. He is married to Leidys, and they have two children Jaliet and Jazhiel.

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Ingrid Feliz

Pastor, Saladillo

Ingrid Feliz loves people and has a passion to see lives set free and transformed by the saving power of Jesus Christ. Ingrid was baptized and became part of our ministry back in the year 1998. She is married and has 3 children and two grandchildren. She has been named twice school teacher of the year. She led efforts to share the gospel and plant a new church in the town of Saladillo where land has been purchased a new church building will be under construction starting in the month of August, 2022.

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Sebastian Matos

Pastor & Evangelist, The Church in Polo

Sebastian Matos is an evangelist and pastor in our church in the mountains of Polo. After the death of his dad, at the age of 11, Sebastian attended our church in Cristobal and gave his heart to the Lord. Since that time Sebastian has been serving in the church and ministry wherever he is needed. He is a member of the leadership team in the Dominican Republic and serves in several administrative capacities.

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Reinita Pena

Pastor & Accountant

Reinita Peña is our Pastor in our second church, she is also in charge of the finances and accounting of the Water Purification plant.