Living Life in the DR

Monday, April 14, 2014

We Need You!

Many of you have been expressing that you are interested in supporting us.

Well most importantly you can pray for us! There is so much power in prayer and we have already felt it’s presence in our lives. One thing that has always amazed us about the community of Berne and the people that live here is how quickly people are to surround someone with prayer in a time of need and lift them up to the Lord. We can’t count how many people have already told us that we are in their prayers and we’ve felt the power and presence of those prayers in our lives. Please continue to pray for us as we raise our support and begin the process of making the ‘big’ move. We know that if God is calling us to the DR, then He will provide! Please also pray for our girls as this will be a hard transition for them and also for our families that we will be leaving behind. Pray for us as we go through our language study and begin the process of learning Spanish. We pray that you would also lift the ministry up in prayer and that God would continue to use them to further His Kingdom. Freedoms plan is to begin the 2014-2015 school year in the new school building so please be in prayer for that!

Secondly, none of this would be possible without your financial support. It’s very humbling for us to ask our friends and family to support us. But God keeps reminding us of something; He has created some to go and He has created some to send. Neither role would be possible without the other. So we ask that you would prayerfully consider walking beside us on this journey and supporting our family as we head down to the Dominican Republic. We hope to be able to go as soon as possible and our departure date depends on how quickly we can raise our financial support. Our family is looking for monthly supporters at $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200.  While one time gifts are greatly appreciated, monthly gifts make it possible for us to have a more stable income. If you would like to be part of the ‘Pyle Team’, you can either give online or by check. While we haven't left yet, you can begin your monthly gifts immediately. This money will go toward our start up costs.

    1. Visit
    2. Select Our Team(at top)  
    3. Choose the Pyle Family                          
    4. Choose ‘Click Here” under Invest                               
    5. Select monthly or annual      

By Check: (Include ‘Pyle’ in the memo line)
    Freedom International Ministries
     P.O. Box 92
     Noblesville, IN 46061

We once again thank you for the love and support you have already given us and want to thank you in advance for making it possible to share Christ with those in the DR. God is working in amazing ways in the Dominican Republic and we are so excited to be a part of it and would love for you to join us on this journey of faith!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Our Trip to the DR

So I'm finally finding the time to sit down and write about our trip! We had an amazing week in the Dominican Republic visiting Freedom International Ministries. The families down there all welcomed us with open arms and we enjoyed our time getting to know each of them. It was especially wonderful to see Katie Cline and her adorable growing belly! The week flew by and while I was not ready to leave the 90 degree weather, I was most definitely ready to get home to my girls! I'm so thankful for our wonderful families who gave up their time to watch the girls while we were gone. I think it's safe to say the girls were slightly spoiled :)

I want to start off by thanking you all for your prayers while we were gone. They were definitely felt right from the start. I was so nervous about the plane ride but once we got on and took off, I actually enjoyed it...for the most part :) We witnessed the most beautiful sunrise and I was reminded of God's presence and faithfulness in our lives.

Gabe and I arrived in the Dominican late Tuesday afternoon. The first night we just settled in and spent an evening with Jason Hilgeman (president of Freedom International) and his wife Pam and their 3 boys. We got to learn a little more about the ministry down there and what they are doing and also what they are envisioning for the future.

So who exactly is Freedom International? Here's a very brief explanation of who they are and what they do.

Freedom International believes in "Equipping people to engage culture according to their design."

Freedom International Ministries works in the Haitian sugarcane villages (called bateyes) in the Dominican Republic with a focus on creating disciples that can use their gifts and abilities to glorify God. They are invested in long-term impact through life on life discipleship. They use many tools to implement their vision including a bilingual Christian School, VBS, English, short-term teams and interns. They want to equip people to go back into their communities and impact their culture for Christ.

The vision of Freedom is to develop life-changing relationships with those most unlikely so that they might become catalysts for change within the Dominican Republic.

Freedom believes that there is no other tool that provides contact time like a school provides. From preschool to 12th grade, a student will spend over 18,00 hours at school. Coupled with the Christian way of thinking and godly teachers that love the children, lives will be changed. And this is where I spent most of my time in the Dominican. Freedom currently has 3 grades - Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten. I got the privilege of spending time in all 3 classes. While communicating was a bit of a struggle since most of them do not speak much English (not yet anyways!), it was such an amazing experience to be able to interact with them through play, music and teaching. They love to have their picture taken as you can see from the images below :)

The little boy in front is Deivi. He is 3 years old and one intense, tough cookie! I spent most of the school day on Thursday with him and I can say I was exhausted after those 4 hours! He started with Freedom  just a little over a month ago. Pray that the Lord will take that intensity and use it for His glory! 

They currently meet in two local church buildings that are located in one of the bateyes (Lima) they work in. But God has been providing for them in amazing ways! He has provided the funds for them to begin building their own school building. When completed, the three story school will contain 72 classrooms which will be able to accommodate 1800 students! They started in 2012 with just Pre-K 3 and just over 20 students and are finishing this year up with 90 students! They currently have 120 students enrolled for the 2014-2015 school year and will be adding 1st grade to the mix. Below is a print of what the school will look like. The section highlighted is what is currently under construction.

Gabe spent most of his time working on building the school. He had previously made a trip down to Freedom International back in December 2013. It was so exciting for him to go back and see the progress of the school since then. The goal is to have 4 classrooms completed by June so they can start the new school year in the new building!

These pictures are from his trip back in December. The school has come a long 
way since then. I didn't get any pictures of the school on this trip :(

It's so amazing to see what God is doing in the Dominican Republic! The school not only allows them to build relationships with the kids but also provides an avenue for them to connect with their families and others in the sugarcane batayes. They also spend time in the bateyes doing VBS which allows them to connect with kids that do not attend their school and share the love of Christ with them.  Gabe and I were so touched by the ministry and what God is doing through their obedience to Him. 

Sooo...where does that leave us?! Well we are excited to announce that we are officially part of the Freedom International team! 

Wow! It blows me away to just type that and think how far God has brought us in just a few short months. What an emotional roller coaster ride it has been! While we know this will be one of the most challenging things we will ever do, we also know that it will be one of the most amazing things we will ever experience. God is doing some awesome things in the Dominican and we are humbled that God is allowing us to be a part of it!

Please continue to pray for us as we now begin raising our support. That in itself will be a challenge for us but we know that if this is where God wants us to be, He will provide! It will most likely take us about a year to a year and half to raise our funds so we will still be around for a little while :) I will continue to keep you updated on our progress and journey! I've posted a link to Freedom's website below so you can learn more bout this wonderful ministry! There's so much to share and so little space to do it in :)

Galations 5:1 "it is for freedom that Christ has set us Free!"

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