The Dominican Republic consists of the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, shared with Haiti.
Ethnic Groups: Dominican – 87.5% (Mestizo 64.1%; white Dominican – 14.7%; black Dominican -8.6%); Haitian – 10.2% (mostly undocumented, illegal migrants); other – 2.3%.
Income: Average income per person is $4,992.
Capital: Santo Domingo (pop – 2.2M)
Religion: 94% Christian (85% Catholic); 3.2% nonreligious; 2.2% Ethnoreligionist; <1% each of Baha’i, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist.
History: The Dominican Republic has gained independence four times, twice from Spain in 1821 and 1865, once from Haiti in 1844, and once from the USA in 1924. The country was led by repressive dictatorship until 1961. Following a pattern of reforms, the country has slowly moved towards a more fair and representative democracy.
CCI Ministry in Dominican Republic: Dominican people are largely Catholic, but heavily influenced by Cuban Santeria and Haitian Voodoo. Persecution is rare, but for those who depart from Catholicism, hostility and ostracism is common. A large number of Haitian migrants have moved to the DR is hopes of more opportunity. In 2014 CCI staff in Haiti traveled to Barahona and trained 9 pastors to begin CCI training among the Haitians in that region. In addition, through partnership with Haiti Love in Puerto Plata, CCI class are being conducted there training men for Pastoral ministry. Currently CCI has 4 classes with 61 students in training. In 2017, CCI will partner with another ministry in the DR to offer training to church leaders throughout the nation. For more information and project needs, please contact us.