About T.E.A.R.S. Ministries and
The Dominican Republic
Partners In Deed Society of Alberta was originally founded to help Canadians work closely with the T.E.A.R.S. (True Evangelism Always Requires Sacrifice) Ministries in the Dominican Republic, facilitating T.E.A.R.S. projects through financial and human resources. Projects include the T.E.A.R.S. and Soto Schools, El Camino Church, the Water Purification Projects, and other community projects in the Maria Auxiliadora and Soto communities in the Dominican Republic.
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La Vega is a large community (by Dominican standards) of over 25, 000 located in the middle of the country. To the east of La Vega lies a fertile plain, (which is what La Vega means) where many crops are grown, especially rice. To the west is a rugged mountain range, which hosts the highest peak in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte. As you enter La Vega from the east and navigate through narrow streets on a confusing non-grid layout, you must fight your way through congested traffic, buses, taxis and motorcycles before you come to a community known as Maria Auxiliadora, or “Helping Mary”.
Maria Auxiliadora is nestled in the first steep foothills of the mountain range at the furthest outreaches of Southwestern La Vega. As the population of La Vega has swollen, people have started to occupy these steep hills on the outskirts of the city with their small shacks. On the main street of Maria Auxiliadora, at the bottom of the steep hills lies the Iglesia el Camino. The streets end at the Church, but the neighborhood stretches even further back and outwards towards the mountains where the community known as “La Loma”, or the hill sits on the slopes surrounding Maria Auxilidora.
Many of the poor live in homes built of wood and scraps, with leaky tin roofs and dirt floors. It is a good location for the church and for the new water system as it is accessible to the poorest people living in the hills above. The church is a two-story building; the sanctuary is located on the first floor and very simple, almost like a warehouse. Classrooms and offices are on the second level, crowded with computers, books, papers, posters, guitars and all the other things available for educating the children. The water system distribution point is located in front of the church, while the components are in the back. It has the smell of fresh paint and is sparkling new. We anticipate that many bottles will be passed through this window and that many will benefit from the clean water at an affordable price.
T.E.A.R.S. Mission and Vision
It is our mission to plant churches (make disciples) and also enable churches to achieve community, interdependency, intimacy and accountability by becoming gospel-centered, disciple-producing bodies that are proactive in their communities and autonomous in function. Our main focus must be building Christ-centered relationships, discipleship/ evangelism, and training believers in the discovery and development of their gifts, talents and vision for the enhancement of their communities and the advancing of the Kingdom of God.
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To glorify God through church planting, equipping, and connecting churches and individuals to engage in evangelism and discipleship, ministering to human need.