Eddy & Carrie Ramos – Hope & Joy Ministry, Dominican Republic

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

 
 

What a summer it has been!

 

Dear friends and family,

Greetings from the Dominican Republic!  So much has happened since our last update and we are so excited to tell you all about it.  We have had a busy summer here at Hope and Joy Ministry. 

Our ministry has continued to grow.  Throughout the summer, more and more children started attending our activities, especially at our Tuesday/Saturday location.  We are regularly receiving about 70 children on Tuesdays and Saturdays and that number reached as high as 90 on a few days this summer.  At our Thursday location, we have about 30 children attending.  So we are reaching about 100-120 children between the ages of 3 and 13 each week.  

This summer we also started a Bible Study for teens on Monday evenings.  We have a small group of teenagers ages 12-16 that attend the Bible Study.  We are so encouraged by their interest and their questions about God and the Bible.  They are great kids and studying the Bible with them has been such a blessing.

"And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has given me strength, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry" 1 Timothy 1:12

 

 

We Love Visitors!

 

 

 

This summer we received several visitors to Hope and Joy Ministry.  In June, our friend Joan was in town, visiting from Haiti, and she came to one our activities to meet the kids and help out.  In July we had two STV (Sharing the Vision) teams bless the ministry.  First, our friends from First Baptist Church of New Castle, IN visited.  They brought a special snack and a craft and they also donated a duffel bag full of supplies to the ministry. Then later in the month, our friends from Christ Alone Fellowship in Pennsylvania visited and planned a special activity for the kids including songs, a skit, games, a craft and a special snack.  Thank you so much to both of these teams for blessing the ministry and the kids in this way.

"The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."
Psalms 126:3

 

 

Our First Hope and Joy Mission Team!

 

 

 

Sprinkling Joy Team
from: Community URC in Schererville, Indiana

 

 

 

The "Sprinkling Joy" team spent 10 days with us in August.  This team was very special to Carrie because it included both her mom, Karen, and her cousin, Jessica.  The team took on a very special project. Before they arrived, they raised funds so that we could buy backpacks for 150 kids in the neighborhood we serve and for 40 kids in Haina that our friend’s ministry serves. They also searched sales flyers, shopped deals, used coupons, and brought over 250 lbs worth of school supplies in their suitcases to fill the backpacks. What a blessing!

The team also planned the activities including a lesson, craft, and songs for our scheduled activities while they were here, took our teen group out for pizza, and visited three other ministries here in the DR that we love that are serving children in different ways.  

If you would like to see more pictures or learn more about what the team did while they were here check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to see more.  (You can also follow their "Sprinkling Joy" pages here: Facebook and Instagram)

We were so encouraged by all of the women on the Sprinkling Joy team. They were such a blessing to us personally, to the children we serve, and to the ministry.  Thank you so much for your visit, for your prayers, for your work, and for your donations.  We appreciate it more than you can know.

(If you are interested in sending a team to visit, please email us at hopeandjoyministry@gmail.com)

 

 

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Requests

  • Pray that the Lord will allow us to find our own location for the ministry.
  • Pray that God will give us the strength to continue doing his work in the community.
  • Pray for God's protection over us as we serve Him.
  • Pray that the Lord will provide more people to help us in the ministry.
  • Pray that God would continue protecting and caring for children and their families.
  • Pray for the the teenagers, that the Lord would transform their lives through the Word of God.

Praises

  • We praise God for our amazing supporters in the United States.
  • We thank God for His protection this year.
  • We thank God for our our first official mission team going so well.
  • We praise God for answered prayers for the families of the children.
  • We thank God for permitting us to serve him in the community
  • We praise God for the seeds that God is planting in the hearts of the children and teenagers that we are ministering to.

"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57

 

Giving Opportunities

  • If you would like to support Hope & Joy Ministry, you can click the "donate online" button below or you can send a check to the address below with a note stating your donation is intended for "Eddy and Carrie Ramos/Hope and Joy Ministry."
  • Show your support by following our Hope and Joy Facebook or Instagram pages and liking or commenting on our posts. We post pictures and videos a few times each week. 
  • If you are interested in becoming a monthly partner, click the partnership slip link, print and fill out the form, and mail it in to Global Outreach Mission, PO Box 2010, Buffalo, NY 14231.

 

 

 

To donate towards the ministry of Eddy and Carrie Ramos, send a check to:
Global Outreach Mission
PO Box 2010
Buffalo, NY 14231
Please include a note stating that the donation is for Eddy and Carrie Ramos.
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