NCM provides disaster response, vocational training in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries in the Mesoamerica Central Field provided disaster response and vocational training for more than 40 people from 8 to 12 August.

Angie Carvajal, NCM coordinator for the Costa Rica North District, led the first workshop from 8 to 9 August. This workshop focused on teaching participants how to provide nail art as a service so they can earn another source of income. Nine women completed the workshop and received a certificate of completion for their efforts. 

Disaster response training was held immediately afterward at the Seminario Nazareno Dominicano from 10 to 12 August. This workshop prepared more than 30 participants to respond to the needs of their communities during potential natural disasters.

The trainers encouraged local leaders to organize an official team to provide timely and effective disaster response in their districts.

“We are working and praying so that each district may be equipped in such a way that we can respond with the right tools to any event that deems it necessary,” said Paquita Bido, Central Field NCM coordinator. 

The Central District in the Dominican Republic was the first district to assemble such a team. Led by Central Field Disaster Response Coordinator Esteban Rivera, the team marks the beginning of this initiative in the Mesoamerica Region.

At the end of the workshop, the district superintendents in attendance prayed over the team as they take on this new missional endeavor.

“We thank God for the opportunity to receive such an important training and for the fellowship with all the Central Field leaders,” Bido said. “Thanks to NCM for their support.”  

--Church of the Nazarene Mesoamerica

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