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Project Mañana International
Issue 5, Vol. 1
 Serving In The Dominican Republic 
July 2015
News From Project Mañana!
Fisher Family Joins Project Mañana In The Dominican Republic
Fisher Family
L to R: Kendall, Kaleb, Kip, Kristi

We are beyond excited to report that after months of preparation and planning the Fisher family has joined Project Mañana as full-time missionaries in the Dominican Republic.

Kip Fisher will be managing Project Mañana's communications and social media, as well as, serving as Project Mañana's Director of Discipleship.

Kristi Fisher will be working with a local private school (not related to Project Mañana) and volunteering her free time in various capacities with Project Mañana.

Here is their journey, shared by Kip Fisher:

Our little corner of the Fisher family is comprised of Kip, Kristi, Kendall, and Kaleb. Kip and Kristi were born and raised in eastern Tennessee, marrying in 1994. Eventually we moved to Florida (1999) and subsequently had two children: daughter Kendall (2002) and a son, Kaleb (2004).

Over the years, we have served in various roles within the Church, including Sunday School teachers, small group leaders, nursery workers, and setup staff. We both have a love of sharing what we've learned about the Faith and learning from others in the process. Specifically, Kristi has an affinity for discipleship and I toward Christian apologetics.

In 2011, I (Kip) began taking trips to the Dominican Republic in support of an organization that provides education, nutrition, and medical care for several communities in Bonao. Through one of those trips I met Project Mañana founder Brian Berman. During the intervening years, our family has increasingly supported Project Mañana and established a great deal of respect for its mission, wise stewardship, transparent handling of resources, and impact on the community.

In February 2014, however, our trip was different than the others.

We made this particular trip with our friends the Hartsfields, who you may already know through their partnership with Project Mañana. Throughout our stay, God's hand was clearly at work in setting a stage none of us had previously expected. From visiting our sponsored children, to getting to know the Project Mañana staff better...to the messages we heard through various venues while there. We were being prepared for a change.

As early as the trip home to Florida, some of us were chatting about how we could possibly become more involved with supporting Project Mañana. Funds? Sponsorship drives? More visits and projects? Maybe even a transition into the full time mission field? I think the group was all following that line of thinking...except me. I will be generous and propose that I was being 'cautious.' In reality, 'hesitant' or 'quenching' might be a better term. I reminded them to check their emotions. We'd just spent 8 days in a very different environment witnessing great work being done in impoverished areas of abundant need. I think my exact sentiment was 'give it two weeks. You'll come to your senses.' That was February 8th. By February 14th, I was making phone calls telling the Hartsfields and Brian that Kristi and I were indeed being called to do exactly what I had scoffed at days before. The Fishers were to sell our home and possessions and partner with Project Mañana as missionaries in the Dominican Republic.

For the next 14 months, we prepared for the move. Setbacks were encountered, and with God’s provision overcome (up to and including a brain tumor. Go figure.). I learned a great deal of patience during that time. That's the funny thing about patience. It’s rarely given. It's almost always taught, which is a very important distinction. It was extremely difficult to watch the days and weeks go by, knowing that we were called to be somewhere else; not knowing the timing for our move. In hindsight, however, it was incredibly valuable. I now know – more than ever – that any sense of control I have about the future is an illusion at best. I needed this time to have any prideful notion that I was commanding this ship removed.

Needless to say, after long preparation we are ecstatic to finally be in-country and in a position to be a more involved part of the Project Mañana team. We have been asked – many times – 'How long will you be there?' The answer is simple: Until we’re called somewhere else. Whether that's one year, five, or fifty -- it's in God’s hands. I've learned my lesson about trying to steer this ship. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see what great things He has in store!

You can connect with the Fishers through their blog at fishers4him.com.

Team Of 23 From Ohio Serves In The Dominican Republic
Team Bogard
Team Bogard from Center Pointe Christian Church in Ohio

On June 15th Project Mañana received a 23-person missions team from Center Pointe Christian Church in Liberty Township, Ohio; which was led by Denny and Julie Bogard.

During the team's 8-day trip, they spent a lot of time building and strengthening relationships with their sponsored children and others in the community of San Pablo, Dominican Republic. After all, this is what a short-term trip with Project Mañana is all about!

Despite the cultural and linguistic differences, the team jumped right in and began playing, joking, swapping Spanish/English words and creating friendships that will last a lifetime. It's interesting how God has a special way of removing barriers and bringing people together.

During the trip, the team renovated and expanded a very run-down house for the Lorenzo family -- a kind act that has changed the Lorenzo family's life forever.

Wilson and Eliza Lorenzo have six children (5 girls and 1 boy). This family of 8 were living in a 2 bedroom home with roughly 500 square feet of space, 2 beds, and no bathroom. After the renovation, the family now has a home that is double in size with 3 bedrooms and a functioning bathroom (which doubles as an indoor laundry room).

In addition, all the children now have their own bed and fans to cool them at night. During the renovation, each of the Lorenzo family members worked along side the American team with a smile.

When the project was complete, Wilson could not say thank you enough and made sure to let the team know that he would be praying for them so that they could continue the same work for others.

In addition to the home renovation, the team distributed 25 water filters, led 2 children's activities, and assisted with the Sunday church service in San Pablo. American and Dominican lives were impacted in a huge way -- and everyone involved will never be the same.

We can't thank Center Pointe Christian Church and Team Bogard enough for partnering with Project Mañana to "Work Together Today For An Eternal Tomorrow™."

To see more pictures of this team's trip, please visit our Facebook Page.

Interested in taking a short-term team trip to the Dominican Republic? CLICK HERE.

Lorenzo Family
The Lorenzo family in their remodeled home

Lorenzo Family Home
The Lorenzo family home in San Pablo

Side View of Lorenzo Home
Side view of the Lorenzo family home after remodel

Back View of Lorenzo Home
Back view of the Lorenzo family home after remodel

Anna Painting Lorenzo Home
Anna paints the Lorenzo family home

Julie Painting Lorenzo Home
Julie paints the Lorenzo family home

Lauren Adding Siding To Lorenzo Home
Lauren adds siding to the Lorenzo family home

Aubrey is Level Headed
Aubrey is 'level headed'

Team Decorating Walter Filter Buckets
Team decorating the water filter buckets

Daniel Family Distributing Water Filters
The Daniel family distributing water filter systems
Project Mañana's Prison Project Expands to 6th Dominican Prison
CCR Mao Valverde
Project Mañana's team w/ the warden of CCR Mao Valverde

At the beginning of 2015 Project Mañana set a goal to expand its Prison Project (through the Institute for Authentic Manhood™) into six (6) Dominican prisons by the end of the year. This goal is part of our larger desire to reach every inmate in the Dominican Republic.

We are extremely excited to announce that half way through the year we have met that goal and are now operating in the Mao Valverde Correctional Center, located in the northwest part of the island -- about two hours from Santiago.

This maximum-security prison houses 340 inmates and was opened in 2006 as part of Dominican Republic's 'new model' system of rehabilitation. CCR Mao Valverde is one of 19 prisons in the 'new model' system.

On June 8, the Institute for Authentic Manhood™ welcome its first class of 32 inmates at CCR Mao Valverde.

We are excited to see how God is going to do shape and change these inmates as we begin building relationships that will last an eternity.

To learn more about the Prison Project or the Institute for Authentic Manhood™, please visit our website.

Phase 2 of the Hope Center Building Project is Funded!
Phase 3: Hope Center Building Project

On November 24th, we kicked off Phase 2 of a campaign to raise $10,000 in 30 days for the new Project Mañana Hope Center.

We are pleased to announce that this campaign was successful and we were able to reach the $10,000 goal thanks to your generous giving.

This puts us one step closer to completing the Hope Center building project; which will offer more space to provide a nutritious meal and clean water to the hundreds of children in San Pablo that still need our help.

While completing Phase 2 is extremely exciting and a huge accomplishment, we must keep moving.

Phase 3 is now underway and our next goal is $20,000 by August 31, 2015 (we've already raised $9,799 toward this goal).

Please help get the word out to your family and friends and let’s put Phase 3 behind us also.

We need YOUR help to provide hundreds of starving children with a nutritious meal and clean water.

Please Donate Today!

The total project cost is estimated at $150,000 U.S. and construction can immediately begin once we've raised the funds.

The faster we're able to raise the money, the sooner we can extend aide to children who desperately need it.

PLEASE DONATE TODAY: 100% of your tax-deductible donation will be allocated directly to the Hope Center building fund. Project Mañana does not take ANY administrative fees from your donation and we NEVER use your donation for anything besides the project in which it was intended.

Project Mañana By The Numbers*
Nutrition Project 150,960 Meals
Since 2010, our Nutrition Project has provided impoverished children with more than 150,960 meals. [learn more]
Clean Water Project 11,059,500 Gallons
We have distributed 177 water purification systems; providing 11,059,500 gallons of clean water each year to highly impoverished families. [learn more]
Education Project 64 Students
In August 2014, Project Mañana opened the very first school in San Pablo, Dominican Republic where 64 children receive a private education. [learn more]
Prison Project 2,079 Inmates
Project Mañana's Institute for Authentic Manhood™ has graduated 2,079 inmates; who now understand that an authentic man loves his parents, wife, children, family, and others in society. [learn more]
Volunteer Hours 36,344 Hours
American teams have provided more than 36,344 volunteer hours in the Dominican Republic. [learn more]

* Data as of July 27, 2015
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Project Mañana is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to sharing the gospel and break the cycle of poverty by investing in impoverished children, their families and communities through clean water, nutrition, education, and discipling projects.

We achieve our goals through charitable donations and child sponsorship, which unites children in need with individual sponsors who wish to address the children's immediate and basic needs. Sponsorship gives poor children the tools and opportunities necessary for success by providing benefits and supporting programs for each child - primarily in the areas of education and nutrition.

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