Although many of the Dominican Republic's sugar cane plantations are no longer in business, the large number of Haitian immigrants that worked on these plantations still live there along with their family members. Due to past political tensions and current immigration issues, these immigrants are often seen as the lowest class of people in the DR. They also make up the majority of the population of the Christian Reformed Church in the Dominican Republic.
Despite these prejudices, the church is one place where the deep-rooted resentment is overcome with brotherly love. CRWM works closely with the ICCRD to develop local leaders, ministries, and Christian schools. The number of CRWM missionaries serving in the DR peaked in the 1990's, after which national leaders steadily moved into key roles.
CRWM missionaries are coming alongside national leaders and ministries, providing support, assistance, training, and grants for ministry, contributing to the fulfillment of our strategic priorities. Specific ministry areas include leadership training through the Timothy Leadership Training and the Strategy for Transformation; community and economic development through agricultural, literacy, community savings, diaconal ministry and relief work; church growth and expansion, Christian school development and support, institutional development with partners, Service and Learning teams and volunteers, etc.