The women’s rescue ministry of the DR Vision is part of the local church (IBEM) in San Pedro de Macorís. Known as the Jireh Project, the women’s ministry consists of a team of professional, discipled women from the Iglesia Bautista Evangélica de Macorís who are committed to discipleship and stewardship of God’s resources to help those in need and at risk. They offer family budgeting training as well as micro-business training and education.
The ministry is made up of three components: outreach, sustainability and the MERCY Workshop.
At least once a week the women of IBEM spread out into the streets of San Pedro where there is a high concentration of prostitutes. The majority of these prostitutes are mothers who have left their children locked in the house at night while they “work” and earn enough money to feed the family for a few days. The women of IBEM minister and witness to these women and share the love of Christ with them.
The ministry is organized in a way that takes advantage of the talents and skills of the IBEM women to teach and train rescued women and offer them an alternative so they can support themselves with dignity. The ministry also offers help to women in other situations of risk such as abandonment, neglect and abuse.
The ministry has organized two businesses that support and sustain these outreaches.
M.E.R.cy Jewelry is a business that provides jobs for these rescued women. They make beautiful pieces of jewelry to sell, and receive a good salary that allows them to support their family. Proceeds from this business go into supporting the overall women’s ministry including the safehouse and other needs.
Garments of Praise is another business in San Pedro that rents out formal dresses and wedding attire to the public. This business provides two jobs for the rescued women as well as supporting the overall women’s ministry.
The MERCY Workshop
It’s a home for rescued women where they can work, learn, receive job skills training and discipleship. Ephesians 2:10 states that we are His workmanship. God is working through us as we work alongside the rescued women. Many members of Iglesia Bautista Evangélica de Macoris are involved in discipleship and bible studies in this ministry.