For over 25 years HASTEN has worked intensely with Dr. Pena Dume in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Dume is a certified ophthalmologist who is also a wonderful church builder, pastor, and father. His pediatrician daughter, Joanel, and sons who are both in medicine have a new HASTEN-funded clinic. It should be noted that this structure took over 10 years to find and purchase.
Here they take care of the underprivileged, those who are poor, and on Sundays the clinic is converted into a Christian church with a sanctuary, Sunday school rooms, and preaching.
Dr. Dume and his wife Doloris host visiting missionaries, manage several Christian outreach programs, such as clinics and Christian camps. He is the leader of the Minister’s Association for the whole country. He travels extensively for the churches and camps, as well as works out solutions to problems as they arise.
We are truly blessed by this wonderful family. The next time you plan to go the Dominican Republic, give him a call…you too will be blessed.
People in India know many gods and goddesses, but not about the true and living God who has risen. It is our duty to tell them. We are thankful to you for joining hands for this great task.
The number of patients increases every day. To meet this need the hospital building has been enlarged. In January and February we performed 132 cataract surgical implants. This opens the door to witness our faith in Christ.
We have 100 children in our Child Care (in Hindi “Balwadi”). In our schools we teach over 200 children. The children learn songs, Bible stories, alphabets and numbers in both English and Hindi.
In our vocational training schools over 70 young women are learning computer skills and sewing and stitching. The young men are learning fish, goat and poultry farming. Other vocational training skills are in the process of being developed.
Through the medical work, schools, vocational training, and benevolent homes many lives are being touched and healed by the love of Christ. We have four rural churches, and people are coming to learn about the word of God.
We baptize many believers.
— Drs. David and Sunisha Henry
In 2003, during the HASTEN board meeting, Frances Nash presented a plan for a joint venture…….a new church with the Christians there (“workers for Mexico”) and a Christian clinic sponsored by HASTEN. As this challenge was presented, our interest grew. The board took a trip to Monclova, Mexico. There we found a desperate need for Christian witness, clinics to augment this opportunity, and a local interest that was uplifting.
After the first clinic was built, a newer second one emerged. Local physicians oversee the work, while the local pastor spreads God’s message. Now all buildings are used for either Christian medical work or church-related functions, such as Sunday schools and Christian elementary classrooms.
Dr. Daniel Alophe is the medical director of the Living Waters Christian Center in Gonaives. He sees dozens of patients daily, witnessing to each of them. Dr. Dan has weekly services with many new baptisms into Christ. The churches average over 800 people for worship each week. The clinic opened full time in December 2012.
To quote Salonique, the administrator of the mission, “Dr. Dan is always on call. He always does this with much care, and does it all with a minister’s heart. Best of all, Dr. Dan is a Christian leader. He teaches Sunday School and leads the singing. He works with over 50 teenagers every week. He has not only taught them about the Bible, but also about life.”
“The clinic is a real blessing to the community but it still struggles to keep up with the demand. Visiting medical teams are still needed to provide additional or specialized care. Donation of medical supplies are always appreciated, as well as financial gifts. Everyone can help in some way to support the clinic and its goal of providing Christian compassion through medicine.” - Dr. Dan
HASTEN is proud to announce the completion of its latest project in Zimbabwe. Aside from numerous Christian clinics around the globe, we decided to build a church building for Augustine Makuku.
Mr. Augustine has been the chaplain at Mashoko Christian Hospital for nearly 30 years. Located deep in the Mashonaland district of southeastern Zimbabwe, in the little township of Odzi, the local Church purchased 3 acres of prime land. His dream of retiring to a new church near his home village prompted HASTEN to act.
What we need for the new Church:
10 steel pews
$400 per month for the pastor’s salary
With prayer and your generosity, both will happen. Please consider us in your plans.
The Dama Christian Church and Clinic, run by HASTEN, serves 50,000 people in this desolate region of Zimbabwe.
We are very excited to be part of this growing essential work.
Many have come to Christ over the last year as the direct result of your support and prayer.