The Church, especially the Episcopal Church, is a missionary society for the welfare of the world. That is true for Episcopalians corporately (our official corporate name is the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society), but more importantly, it is true spiritually.
The Missionary Society is a strategy for achieving our common purpose, building partnerships throughout the Church to engage God’s mission to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.
The Missionary Society seeks partnerships for mission—dioceses, congregations, and networks. It brings resources from the churchwide level—funding, expertise, and human—to leverage for mission with local partners. We are all about mission. And partnerships allow us to do more mission together.
The Dominican Republic Ministry tries to help alleviate poverty in the country through fundraisers and annual working trips there. Charlie Nakash, a parishioner, was approved and appointed as a Missionary to the Dominican Republic by the National Church, Bishop Council, and Dominican Republic’s Bishop, Bishop Holguin. Charlie has served since March 2012 and is expected to continue, at the discretion of Bishop Holguin, until 2017, and possibly beyond.
It has been a year since I last updated my blog, I apologize for that. Since I last wrote we had a great harvest of peppers and tomatoes all the way through March 2014. In April 2014 the project came to an unfortunate end since we did not make enough money to keep the project running without more financial help in the way of doubling the size of our greenhouses. In May 2014 until now I have been working with all the teams coming from the United States.
We have built pews, altars, baptism fonts and clerical chairs for 4 churches. We installed water systems in 2 locations, painted countless schools and churches, constructed 1 house complete in just less than 2 months, playground equipment for a school, bend rebar for a new church roof and many more projects. It has been a very productive year and this next year looks like it will be very busy. I am now in the process of setting up a Beautician School in our Vocational school to help young adults to have a new career in a hair and nail salon.
Thanks be to God! BLESSINGS! (Oct. 20, 2014)
I wanted to give you an update on the projects I am in charge of. We are building a house for a woman who has 5 children. We painted a church that was finally completed after 5 years of waiting for a group to finish constructing the church. I also helped another group build the mahogany pews in that same church. Then we built pews for another church which was dedicated yesterday.
During the summer months we have many groups visit us here and help wherever and whatever is needed. Their are no words to express how much I appreciate yours and everyone's support for me to be able to serve The Diocese of New Jersey, The Diocese of the Dominican Republic the Dominican people and especially to be able to serve our Lord and Savior. Your servant in Christ, Charlie
Dear Charlie, It is great to hear from you. Thanks for the great pictures and, more important, for the vital, wonderful work you are doing in the D.R. You are a gift to us all.I pray this finds you well and that God will continue to bless you and your ministry. In Christ, +Chip The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes