This week, come with us to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, home to two countries: Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Maranatha has worked in both nations over the years, but our significant contributions in the Dominican Republic have led to a large increase in membership for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Four decades ago, there were only around 27,000 Adventists in the Dominican Republic; now, there are about 380,000! That is 14 times the original membership. Your kids will see how Maranatha volunteers have made a difference in the Dominican Republic throughout our history, and how they’ll soon be helping there again once more.
Pre-video Discussion Questions
- What distracts you during church?
In today’s video, see how Maranatha volunteers have made a difference in the Dominican Republic throughout our history, and how they’ll soon be helping there again once more.
Post-video Discussion Questions
- Why do you think that new churches lead to an even greater need for churches?
- Maranatha has returned to the Dominican Republic a number of times—why might that make the church members feel good?
- Why do volunteers feel good about helping to build new churches?
- You may not have the opportunity to build a new church where you live, but what else could you do to help spread God’s love?
- Please guide Maranatha as they start working in the Dominican Republic again.
- Ask kids what they would add to the prayer list.
Did You Know?
- Although they share the same island, the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic speak different languages. Dominicans speak Spanish, while Haitians speak French and Haitian Creole.