We are a Christian non-profit 501©3 organization that transforms the body, mind, and soul of the poor in the Dominican Republic.
When Solid Rock International (formerly Solid Rock Missions) was first beginning as an organization in the early 1990s, the desire was, and still is today, to holistically serve the poor in the Dominican Republic by focusing on all aspects of health. SRI’s first missionaries along with other founders professed,
“We would like to express our gratitude to our Lord for allowing us to serve through the gifts, skills, and resources He has given us, to the poor of the Dominican Republic, providing health to the sick, bread to the hungry, education to the illiterate, assistance to the needy, and proclamation of the Kingdom of God.”
SRI acknowledges that there is so much more to wellness than just physical health. We believe we are called by God’s Word to care for the poor, and by doing so, are serving God himself. Jesus said,
“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” –Matthew 25:34-36
The gift of education changes lives and helps bring children out of poverty by providing hope, opportunity, and knowledge for a lifetime. The six Christian schools of Solid Rock International offer an excellent education in a Christ-centered environment, providing students with skills to create a future of success. You can change the life of a student today by starting your sponsorship of just $26 a month.
CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM
This life-saving ministry works to provide malnourished infants and children with milk and nutritious foods, as well as education for their mothers. Those enrolled in the program receive routine care for typically two years until they graduate and become healthy. The Child Nutrition Program was begun by Dr. Osvaldo Canario of the San Juan Christian Clinic with the involvement of Canadian nurse practitioner, Cora Hunse. The main areas of focus include San Juan de la Maguana and El Cercado. Currently, there are around 150 children enrolled.
CLEAN WATER PROGRAM
In the Dominican Republic, tap water is not recommended to be used for drinking as it can carry harmful bacteria and parasites. Clean water must be purchased and extra precautions should be taken when cooking and cleaning. Solid Rock International is partnering with First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, Tennessee to install a clean water dispensing station at the CCED school in San Juan to provide the residents of the surrounding barrios clean drinking water at a fair price. The system under consideration is one developed by Living Waters for the World. Education and proper hygiene are a main focus during the training to use the filtration system. Once this first system is installed, SRI would like to expand the program to the area of El Cercado.
Each year SRI hosts many volunteer mission teams as they serve the poor in San Juan de la Maguana and surrounding areas. Surgical teams offer uncommon surgeries at a free or discounted price at the SRI-sponsored clinic, and medical teams offer their services as they see and treat patients by traveling to rural villages.
SRI is also preparing to construct a new medical clinic that will continue to offer free and discounted services to the poorest of the poor while serving and providing high quality care to all. This clinic is projected to be the best of its kind in the western Dominican Republic
OTHER MISSION MINISTRIES
Short term mission teams generally serve in the areas of medicine, construction, and evangelism. SRI assists each unique team to use their skills and talents to effectively serve and have a life-changing missions experience in the Dominican Republic.
Neyda was seven years old, abandoned by her family, and weighed in at a fragile 36 lbs when she first entered the Child Nutrition Program. She was immediately admitted to the hospital, where she lost an additional 12 lbs of water in five days due to a condition called kwashiorkor, bringing her down to only 24 lbs. Kwashiorkor is a disease that develops due to lack of protein in the diet. Neyda’s diet had consisted of just simple starches, such as rice, plantains, and yucca. The skin on her legs and feet were cracking and bleeding due to extreme swelling of her body.
Once strong enough to leave the hospital, Neyda was cared for by a local pastor and his family, and eventually adopted by the clinic administrator. During her time with the pastor’s family, she grew physically, mentally, and even spiritually as she came to trust in the Lord as her Savior. Canadian Nurse practitioner, Cora Hunse, was happy to see Neyda’s development over the following weeks:
“To observe her amazement as she touched the inside of the refrigerator, to hear her speak on a telephone for the first time, to watch her eat her first ice cream cone . . . it made me realize how much we take for granted in North America. We are so blessed! Thank you for blessing this vital program.”
Neyda is now happy and healthy and attends the Solid Rock International sponsored school, The Christian Center for Integrated Education in El Cercado. She is studying with the hope of becoming a veterinarian.