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Adam and Diana Clay will be serving in Santiago, Dominican Republic starting in July 2019. Adam will be serving as STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Coordinator at Santiago Christian School and 5 mission schools in several impoverished communities around the country.
THE CRISIS AND NEED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
According to the United States Agency for International Development, "The provision of a high quality public education system is one of the Dominican Republic's most fundamental challenges. The Dominican Republic ranks 143rd in quality of primary education 137th in the quality of the educational system overall, out of 144 countries worldwide." Dominican Republic education is next to last place in the world, but our prayer is to see this change.
There is also a huge Haitian refugee crisis. In 2013, the Dominican Republic stripped away citizenship from descendants of people who were deemed to be in the country illegally dating back to 1929. This ruling, in effect, made 200,000 people stateless by removing their citizenship, refusing to issue them birth certificates and identity documents, thus denationalizing them and creating what has been justifiably termed the “Western Hemisphere’s worst refugee crisis.” They are not Haitians, but they are not Dominicans as well. These are people without a home, or a national identity. Many work in the sugar cane fields, but because they have no work documents, receive very little pay and live in squalor conditions. With no opportunity for education or employment, they find themselves in a desperate situation.
HOW WE WILL SERVE
I've had the privilege of serving at Fort Worth Christian School the last 12 years as a STEM educator and Robotics coach and hope to bring these opportunities into the Dominican Republic. As STEM Coordinator, I will be working to not only improve STEM education at SCS and the mission schools, but our prayer is to also begin working with schools across the Dominican Republic in introducing and reforming STEM education across the nation. In all of this, our prayer is to see doors open for the gospel to be shared and disciples being made across the Dominican Republic.
We will also be serving with a local church whose aim is to share and demonstrate the gospel and the Kingdom of God by breaking the cycle of despair in poverty in the Haitian refugee crisis. Our plan is to work as part of a team that will bring job skills and education to the Haitian community while also helping to meet basic needs. A community center is currently being constructed that will house various services to engage these communities. Our prayer is to see the love of God transform this crisis and bring a harvest of new followers of Jesus.
Our family has been committed to the calling that wherever we go, we are to not only proclaim the gospel of the kingdom, but demonstrate the gospel of the kingdom. By stepping into the educational crisis and the Haitian refugee crisis, our prayer is that the Dominican Republic would see and experience the love of Christ through us and give us opportunities to speak truth and love about what Jesus offers.
PARTNER THROUGH PRAYER
We are blessed that a majority of our projected needed income will be provided by Santiago Christian School. We need to raise an additional $1500 per month in support to be able to be fully funded. Please pray about supporting us through the link on the right. Your gift is tax deductible, and 100%(minus any Paypal fees) goes directly to help supporting us.
Any support we receive before we leave will go to purchasing flights, required medical exams and background checks, work and resident visas. It will also go to setup costs once we arrive of purchasing vehicles, installing AC in our bedrooms, purchasing furniture, etc.