Congrats to all who of you who gave, who prayed, who helped, and who encouraged during this year-long mission base remodel.  TOGETHER we did it!  We have a spacious facility to comfortably host volunteers as well as meet the ministry’s needs for office/storage space and staff housing. TOGETHER we did it!   Thank you and congratulations!

The process was much longer, much more expensive, much more stressful and painful than I could have ever expected it to be.  It required almost all of our financial reserves as well as all of my mental, physical and emotional ones.   

I know I need to recharge my depleted batteries to be prepared for all that will be happening in 2023.  To replenish our depleted finances would you consider a year-end gift to The Cercadillo Project to help us continue the 15 year ministry here in the Dominican Republic?   

PERSONAL CHECKS – Write the check to Shepherd’s Staff and add the identification number in the memo line of the check: 4126.    Please mail checks to Shepherd’s Staff,  6739 Academy Road NE Suite #320, Albuquerque, NM  87109.


AND SPEAKING OF 2023 . . .

It is almost time to begin the site development plan for our school/community center!!! These are exciting times as we begin to see long-held dreams of quality education for our communities becoming a closer reality.

We will be gathering experts to determine the best land usage, projected costs and to produce renderings. Detailed information will be forthcoming.

If you wish to give specifically to this part of our future, you may use the same information as above. If sending a check add the ID number 4126A in the memo line. This ensures that the donation goes directly to the building fund. If making an online donation, click on my name and then click “Build with Cercadillo.”

Again, CONGRATS on the completion of the Mission Base. May your 2023 be filled with many more reasons to celebrate!

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15+ Years in the Making

Published on August 20, 2022 by in Uncategorized

On Wednesday, August 17, I represented The Cercadillo Project in my official capacity as the president of our DR registered non-profit. At approximately 10:30 AM I handed Señor Jorge a certified check, signed my name and stamped the document.

We now own two acres of land in a prime location for the two communities we are now serving!!! It all happened in just a few moments, but actually it was a little over 15 years in the making. Fifteen years of thinking about, praying about, talking about a multi-purpose community center. During those years we investigated several locations, usually just to discover that those willing to sell “their land” weren’t actually the owners.

Perhaps you’ll remember that last fall I heard of this land possibility at the same time we were purchasing a house to remodel for our Mission Base to serve as staff housing, short term volunteer housing, office space and storage. In a short amount of time we had money for both. Nothing short of a miracle!

We are STILL in the remodeling process of the Mission Base. The combination of unforeseen structural issues and an increase in construction materials have far exceeded the projected budget and drained our reserves.

Maybe by the end of October the Mission Base will be done??? Please pray that we can get it finished – and that I have at least a shred of sanity left at the end of it! 🙂

When the Mission Base is completed it will be time to begin thinking about, praying about, talking about developing our land, and waiting for the next miracle.

Thank you for your partnership in this 15+ year journey!

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