- Below poverty line 30.5%
- Roman Catholic 95%
- Other 5%
EFM has been working in the Dominican Republic since 2001, when Friends of Missions merged with EFM.
David and Marilyn Middleton served as missionaries until their recent retirement. The Leivia family came from Honduras in February, 2018 to serve as missionaries with EFM. Angel Leiva was formerly a pastor and superintendent of the church association in Honduras.
The work at present consists of four self-supporting churches. The Leivia family will focus on planting churches and developing pastoral leadership.
Angel & Gloria Leiva
Angel and Gloria Leiva are currently missionaries with EFM serving in the Dominican Republic. After arriving in February 2018, they have been visiting the churches to know them better, preaching and teaching the word of God. They are currently working to develop spiritual leaders willing to serve the Lord and to increase spiritual growth in each of the churches. They want to expand the work of Holiness in the Dominican Republic.
The Taino – indigenous inhabitants of Hispaniola prior to the arrival of the Europeans – divided the island into five chiefdoms and territories. Christopher COLUMBUS explored and claimed the island on his first voyage in 1492; it became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697, Spain recognized French dominion over the western third of the island, which in 1804 became Haiti. The remainder of the island, by then known as Santo Domingo, sought to gain its own independence in 1821 but was conquered and ruled by the Haitians for 22 years; it finally attained independence as the Dominican Republic in 1844. In 1861, the Dominicans voluntarily returned to the Spanish Empire, but two years later they launched a war that restored independence in 1865. In 2012, Danilo MEDINA Sanchez became president; he was reelected in 2016.
– Information provided by CIA World Factbook