Meet Emanuel House

Meet Emanuel House

Meet Emanuel House

Name

Emanuel House

Oakseed ministry partner since 2022

Location

Quisqueya, Dominican Republic

Ministry Focus

Educational, Spiritual, Physical, and Emotional Care for Children

About Emanuel House

Emanuel House (EH) is a school serving 200 children from many of the poorest families in Quisqueya, feeding them spiritually, physically, and emotionally. In addition to Bible study and education, children receive access to clean water, functioning bathrooms, and regular meals (breakfast, lunch, and a snack)—which they may not have access to at home.

Emanuel House especially stands out for its work with neurodiverse children, who constitute about 70% of its student body, training the community to care well for these special needs children and pairing this care with Bible classes. Additionally, they provide occupational, language, music, and art therapy to children.

For several years, Emanuel House has operated a community water program as an outreach to their neighbors. They have one of the only wells in town and have used it to bottle and sell clean water to the community. In addition to providing the residents of the town, several local sports teams, and people in outlying areas with safe, clean drinking water, the income from this project completely covers the school’s electricity costs and salaries for five of their full-time staff. Their water system has recently passed a governmental inspection and been granted permits to sell water across the country, with the goal of using the funds from these sales to provide funds for their community feeding program.

Emanuel House desires to see their community changed by the gospel and many brought to faith in Christ. They host a monthly community outreach, inviting the teachers, local pastors, musicians, staff, and high schoolers to meet on their basketball court for worship and a gospel message. They have also partnered with a local pastor, who is beginning a home visitation program with people they’ve connected with through the water program.

About the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, located in the Caribbean Sea between the islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico. Haiti occupies the other third of the island.

Children from the poorest families in Quisqueya, Dominican Republic, live in extreme poverty, often without access to clean water, bathrooms, or regular meals. Additionally, resources for special needs children are hard to come by, and families often don’t have access to the necessary tools and resources to help integrate them into daily life.

Liaison Notes

Emanuel House continues to provide remarkable and unique ministry to students and their parents—many of whom are unbelievers when they become part of the school family. The staff and teachers serve with deep passion to bring these families to Christ while compassionately addressing the physical needs of the children. The churches in the region are strongly supportive of Emanuel House, and all the teachers and staff are part of solid churches.

Prayer Points

  1. Pray for the children and their families to see God’s provision for the school and believe in the God who sees and provides for His people.
  2. Pray for wisdom for Emanuel House in navigating relationships with the government and hiring godly, like-minded teachers and staff for the school.
  3. Pray for the Lord to grow the teachers and staff in faith, love, and steadfastness and use them to bring the gospel to the children and their families.
  4. Pray for the Lord to continue to use the water program to grow gospel relationships between Emanuel House and the community, and pray for fruit from the home visitation program.

Oakseed offers several ways to support Emanuel House as they seek to bring the gospel to their community, including prayer resources and financial support. Please visit our prayer or bazaar catalog pages for more information.