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DeYoungs in the Dominican April 2012

Who We Are

Our Story
We came to the Dominican Republic to volunteer in an orphanage in San Pedro de Macoris in 2009, where Kristin started the orphanages first special education program for children from the orphanage and nearby slum villages, and Dave worked in maintenance, construction, and did Haiti earthquake relief. After one year at the orphanage, we moved up to the small mountain town of Jarabacoa, where we have both been teaching in a Christian school for two years, Kristin in first grade and Dave in the schools new K12 Art program. In our spare time, Dave is a youth group leader with Wyldlife and Kristin volunteers with OANSA childrens program. We both have been very involved with La Alianza (short for The Alliance Against Sex Trafficking in the Dominican Republic) and have felt God calling to work more in this ministry in this upcoming year.

We are Dave and Kristin DeYoung. We have been married for almost 5 years, have a Belgian shepherd named Santa, and a new baby girl on the way. We are blessed to be able to serve here in the DR and love this country and its beautiful people!

Our Ministry
This year we have felt God calling us to work more with the ACCSRD ministry against sex trafficking. During our work and research with this organization, we have found alarming numbers of girls and women who are sex trafficked in this country. In fact, the DR has been ranked as #4 in the world for international sex trafficking, and we have found girls firsthand who have been sold off into prostitution at the ages of 8-16 years old. Our ministry has been working to help free girls and women from prostitution, as well as to raise awareness and prevent sexual abuse and trafficking from occurring. In this upcoming year, we have felt God leading us to start a therapeutic safehouse for minors involved in child prostitution. It is our goal to give them a new start through education, job training, discipleship, and Gods love. It will be a BIG project and challenge, but we know that with God all things are possible.

How You Can Help!

* Pray for us! You can follow our personal blog at www.dominicandeyoungs.blogspot.com to see what we are doing (we will being starting a blog dedicated specifically to the sex trafficking ministry soon as well). You can also email us at Kristin.deyoung@gmail.com to sign up to receive our monthly newsletter by email. *Support us financially! This new ministry requires us to take a big leap of faith in giving up our teaching jobs and local salaries and relying on the Lord for full support. To become a monthly supporter or make a donation, please email Kristin.deyoung@gmail.com *Let us know if you would like to send a donation, do a fundraiser or project with your church, business, or group, or donate your time. Just send us an email!

Follow us online at www.dominicandeyoungs.blogspot.com! To email us for more information about our ministry, please write Kristin at Kristin.deyoung@gmail.com or Dave at stofue@yahoo.com God bless!