As children in the U.S. start school this Fall, the children of Comendador, Dominican Republic are also heading back to class–this time in a brand new Learning Center. After three years of prayer and hard work, the Comendador Learning Center opened its doors Saturday, August 19, to nearly 200 children in the community.
The updates to the Learning Center make quite a noticeable difference! While the original five “rooms” were segmented by makeshift plywood walls, there are now nine full-sized classrooms separated by floor-to-ceiling concrete walls. The building itself is also much larger than the former structure, offering the kids more room to play and learn. Instead of preparing meals over a fire in the backyard, our amazing volunteers will now be able to cook for the children in a new kitchen, which is fully equipped with stoves, cabinets, and a serving window.
While the new Learning Center offers a great place for children in the community to learn, it’s also a vital connection to the community’s body of believers. The second floor will be occupied by a local church, which provides a great opportunity to not only minister to the kids, but also to parents and families.
Without your support, this Learning Center would still be, in our Regional Director of Latin America’s words, “a tiny rented room,” in a local church. However, because of your dedication, we have the opportunity to make a lasting impact in Comendador.
Our prayer is that the lessons learned in this new facility would inspire a generation of leaders in the Dominican Republic to live for God and love others, serving their communities as they impact the future of their country. Would you pray with us for all the children who will one day walk through the doors of this Learning Center?