:: ABOUT - the founder, wife, son and our mission in Dominican Republic -
Jorge below with Candito:
Vision: Feeding children, spiritually & physically.
A brief history of our mission. My wife and I felt the call to move to the missions field on June 2008. Since then our son Matthew was born on June 8, 2011. Our ministry owns land on the border with Haiti on the Dominican Republic side. This is were God called us to work with the poor & children and the local church..
This land has over 3,500 fruit, vegetable trees that feed families. This is our main mission feeding. We need your help in planting, breaking the land to prepare it for planting every 2 months. We have no machinery, its all done with shovel and pic. So a tractor trailer would be a huge blessing for this mission.
We encourage, and promote trips from folks in our country The US. Over 100 have made there way here from America. See our reference page to see those that have visited us. And we are currently begining a broader vision of the need in our beloved US of A.
My wife Sofia conducts Sunday School for 50 to 70 children each Sunday at 10am. She is a graduate of Arts from Colombia, S.A. And also prays, ministers to women in the village we live in. Sofia has been involved in missions since she was 15 years old.
Key notes in this section:
Fellowship of the Holy Spirit in California
Couple from Tennessee
:: Here is the history of how this ministry was birth. Written by the founder
I grew up in a christian home. I strongly believe its the healthiest way to live in this life. In 1940's my grandfather accepted Jesus into his heart on the country side in Cuba. American missionaries preached to this difficult man. Since then he began to preach and believed that saving the lost was the most important task he could do. Since then my family and past generations have served God. My mom - Magaly Serrano Escalona was a tremondous evangelist.
I was saved on Nov. 98'. And began a relationship with Jesus Christ. It was all of the sudden in the living room of my home. I had grown up in a christian home and thought I was a christian,just because.. My mom was very loving, and very supportive of me.
Just 3 months after I had that encounter with God, we found out my mom had terminal cancer and was given 3 months to live. The comfort God had given me, birth in me a desire to give to Him back my life, Before this, everything had fallen apart in my life. My career, my goals, Including a long relationship and now this with my mother. But, God met me in the midst of all this just in time. 3 months before! He gave me a new life literally.
Friends like Milton/wife, Robert/wife, Nando, Tony, Rosa. Such pillars in my life. Andres, my home church, The church that formed me under pastor John, God surrounded me with amazing God fearing people. Kevin & Cesar Vargas, Gisela & Edward Vargas the sister I never had, Nivia Rodriguez, just amazing people who saw and witnessed how God began to prepare and saw the begining of this ministry birth.
I assisted an amazing church in Ft. Lauderdale for 8 years. I know now it was my training ground for where I am today and in that church I felt the call for missions. So in 2001 I visited Cuba with Pastor Igor Alonzo's family and 3 other missionaries with a special religious permission. In 2002 I had the opportunity to also visit Guatemala. And this was the trip that did it for me. In the 1st picture below, I met Gabriela in an orphanage and found out she had been abused. The term was new to me, even though I had been working at The Childrens Pyschiatric Center in Miami and United Cerebral Palsy before. Growing up in a Christian home you grow up in a bubble. God's hand is with you. Its amazing, and God was now gently showing me the outside world. (remember this is my story, and what God has done)
I could not comprehend that existed. Especially since it was her own father that had committed this crime.
I returned to Miami and felt I had a call in life a purpose to fulfill. It wasn't my career of computers or administrative work. It was serving God in missions. I began to litterally chase God. Asking Him to please allow me to serve Him officially and all the time. It got so intence that at one point I cried and said "is it that I don't kualify?" . On May 2004 I resigned from my job and began this ministry in August of 2004. God honored me. For me I feel honored to be called to serve such a Holy, Perfect Father especially seeing His trust with the most vunerable, children and the poor.
Since then friends, the poor, those we serve have made me a different person. To see a family with literraly nothing, giving me the food they had planned to eat, just shakes me, my thoughts, my ideas of life. I have learned from them that generousity is a norm to a human being. Trust is a norm, forgiveness, having faith, being sensitive to others that are sick. Now I understand first hand when God says "I have choose you to be poor" James 2:5
I am grateful to God for allowing me to serve him. In May 2006 after a couple of trips to Dominican Republic, taking food and building/donating our 1st home to a very poor family, our team met & we decided to give to another mission & country. Because I noticed ministries would become selfish in that they would only think of there mission. And we wanted to do things the way God would do them. So we set aside our mission in DR and a door was open in a country I Ionged to visit, due to the revival I had heard of for many years. It was Colombia, South America. I had heard back in 2000, that youth meetings were attended by more the 30,000 youth.
I began to look for pastors in Colombia that would host my stay. And a young lady called Sofia was in charge of picking me up and taking me to a young couple that was pastoring a church in a poor town called Saboya in the provincia (state) of Boyaca. These pastors have turn out to be like family. And I am very proud of what God has done in and through them and that we have had a small investment in there lives. Meet pastor Jairo, his wife Milena and children here. And a reference letter by pastor Jairo here
Colombia has been my best ministry/personal experience because it is an intense nation. I got to visit a maximum security prison and was able to minister to a couple of interns and the internal church there. I was able to minister in a Antioquia Drug Rehab center in the city of Tunja with pastor Andres Acero. Read a reference letter by Antioquia here
Oh this was such an enormous experience for me. I grew close to Andres & the interns. It was here were I saw just how strong an addiction can be. Very very sad. I visited the addicts were they would meet to consume at night. At first i was scared, but, went with friends that would minister to them. All a while, Sofia and I became close, we noticed God would use us greatly together. And in December 2008 we married in faith. In faith, because we didn't have the money to pay for the ceremony. Thank God, those that visited, in there gifts, we got the $300. to pay everything involving the ceremony & the after dinner. Friends in Miami supported also towards the wedding. I know many of them shared the joy of me marrying. I had been single for almost 10 years. 10 long years waiting for God's best to come.
We were convinced we would be living in America, but to my surprise in March 2008 God used a friend in Dominican Republica called Candida to assure me God's plan was for me to actually live f/t in the mission in DR. So in June 2008 Sofy traveled from Colombia to DR and I traveled from Miami to DR.
Jorge (founder) with Gabriela in Guatemala 2002.............................................Sofia while our visit to Haiti 20 days after the storm