Amistad school exterior
Children playing at Amistad
Children being taught at Amistad

This church is located in the mountains outside of the resort city of Puerto Plata on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic in the village of Baraguana.  The village was once a busy bateye (housing barracks for farm workers) in the midst of a sugarcane farm and processing plant.  In the last few years the government has shut down the farming of sugarcane in this area and there is no longer work for the people who have stayed in this area.  A new church/school was built in 2012.  Pastor Paul Waldeck has been in this area for 15 years.  Along with his wife, Murielle, they run a school for about 50 children.  This church currently receives regular support for the pastor and two teachers.