The influence of the AMO Program has expanded in the Dominican Republic for which we praise God.
With the opening of the 2017-18 school year, there are an estimated 9,000 children enrolled throughout the country in private and public schools, church programs, and community projects. The beginning of classes in September was irregular due to record-breaking hurricanes Irma and Maria. Their impact left the north coast of the island without communication and flooding destroyed many homes, tourist areas, and agricultural land.
This year in Elias Pina AMO Programs have increased from two to five communities, where 350 children will soon be nurtured with God's word and inspired with the beauty and truth of literary classics Charlotte's Web and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It is a joy for us to now have a team of twelve teachers, six of whom attended AMO programs in Meseta, Olivero and Palermo. Three teacher meetings are scheduled for this semester of the school year in these communities, so we can disciple them in biblical principles and the reflective methodology of Christian education.
October is a very full month for us and we value your prayer support for the following educational activities:
8-14: Five-day AMO Apprenticeship in Cali, Colombia with 127 participants from different churches, schools and NGOs who were inspired and challenged in their worldview of education. Many Programs will be opened from this training.
18: Meeting with Christian educators team to organize second Christian Education Congress held Dec 1 and 2.
19: Trainer of Teachers online class. Cristina will teach the AMO Program component of Reading the Bible for Reasoning
22: Conference for Christian school teachers in La Vega, Dominican Republic
24-27: First Global Congress of Hispanic Pastors and Leaders from Assemblies of God in Bavaro, Punta Cana, DR, in which we will market the AMO Program and sell books. This is a great opportunity to network with pastors and church leaders in nations where AMO Programs are not yet established, such as Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador and Costa Rica and to strengthen relationships with the leaders in the countries we are working with.
Thank you for your prayers and your support, God bless!
Alfonso and Cristina