Adventists to Open 25 New, 25 Remodeled Churches
in Dominican Republic
Membership approaches 282,000 attending 686 congregations. (Posted March 14, 2013)
BY BERNARDO MEDINA, Inter-American Division, reporting from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
BRAND-NEW CHURCH: Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church in the city of Higüey in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic was the twenty-fifth new church to be dedicated by the local union. It’s so new that the sign isn’t on the building yet.
aintaining existing worship facilities and building new ones is a goal Seventh-day Adventist church leaders in the Dominican Republic have in order to keep pace with the needs of a fast-growing membership. During a recent series of dedication ceremonies, 25 new churches throughout the island country were inaugurated. Another 25 are being remodeled, leaders said.
“This has been possible only thanks to God’s grace and to the thousands of church members who have contributed toward the development of the church throughout the island,” said Pastor Cesario Acevedo, president of the church in the Dominican Republic.
“We praise God because 25 new congregations can worship and glorify the name of our Lord in a dignified and proper way,” he added.
With a membership of more than 284,000 attending some 686 churches, the church leadership developed a plan to better some of the buildings that are in precarious conditions and in great need to be rebuilt, church leaders said.
Church members jumped on board thanks to a united church, said Moise Javier, treasurer for the church in the Dominican Republic. “Each member has recognized their responsibility and is willing to contribute talents and resources in order to accomplish great things for the church and the community.”
UNION PRESIDENT: Pastor Cesario Acevedo speaks during the inaugural ceremony for the La Fe (Faith) Seventh-day Adventist Church of Higüey in the eastern part of the island on Dec. 29, 2012.
The Faith Adventist Church in the city of Higüey in the eastern part of the island was the twenty-fifth new church to be dedicated, an event that took place on the final Sabbath of 2012, December 29. Church leaders and hundreds of members filled the church for a special thanksgiving program to commemorate the new building.
Twenty-five more Adventist churches are scheduled to be rebuilt and remodeled this year, administrators said. Administrators have no doubts about reaching the goal this year thanks to a committed membership.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Dominican Republic operates a hospital, a university, dozens of primary and secondary schools, and 20 radio stations throughout the island.
For more on the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Dominican Republic, visit adventistas.org.do.