Matias Acevedo: I was born on April 11, 1985 in Montevideo, Uruguay. I grew up in a
christian family. My father was a pastor and my mother was a sunday school teacher. At
the age of 10, I became sick with leukemia. Praise the Lord, God healed me of this
sickness but Satan was attacking my family very strongly during this time. My parents
divorced, but that did not prevent my mom to continue raising us in the way of the Lord.
At the age of 12, Christ saved me, and at the age of 18, He called me to missions, since
then he has been preparing me for His work.
Bethany Acevedo: I was born on June 16, 1988 in Western NY, I grew up in a christian
family. I was saved at a young age, but began Following Christ at the age of 14. At 19
years old, the Lord began preparing me to serve him full time. I studied the bible and
learned spanish in the GAP program in Costa Rica. One year later I went to the Dominican Republic and
served the Lord in a SCORE internship program. I then later served in the DR as a missionary
for 2 years.
It wasnʼt until 2009 that we came to know each other in the Dominican Republic. I
(Matias) was visiting my cousins who were serving the Lord for a time in the DR. (They
are now serving in Panama.) We fell in Love and God was in control of everything! on
September 30, 2011 we were married and today we are serving the Lord with SCORE
International. We plan to Serve the Lord in Uruguay, but will be spending 2 years training in the Dominican Republic.
Henry–better known as Kiko–is based in the Dominican Republic with his wife and children working with hosting groups, and driving the buses.
I am a living testimony who understands His grace and it is the most amazing thing in the world! I went with SCORE on a mission trip to the DR and have been connected to John Zeller ever since. A different conviction came April 27th, 2008 when I felt the Lord calling me into ministry. I did not know what ministry was, but I knew it was to follow Him. I remember crying and balling my eyes out and yelling to Him that I couldn’t do it…I can’t do it…I am a wreck! Use someone with all the Sunday school pins I cried! Since then, this High School dropout has graduated from the Word of Life Bible Institute, completed a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministries from Trinity College of Florida, and received a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.
In His grace, God has now reconnected me back with my mentor John Zeller and doors have opened for me to serve with SCORE in the G.A.P. Program down in the Dominican Republic. The journey has just begun and I have relationships now with scholars who I have no business rubbing shoulders with…but God!
Charlie (or Carter) was born in Uruguay and to a missionary family where he received Christ at an early age. He learned English when he was six but spent most of his life in South America. After graduating from Word of Life Argentina (2005-2008) Charlie did a six month internship with SCORE in the Dominican Republic. Then he went to Baptist Bible College in Pennsylvania and while there he met Ashley. Ashley grew up in Scranton, PA and received Christ in her teens. After that she became interested in missions and studied at BBC where she graduated with a degree in Counseling and another in Bible. Charlie also graduated from BBC with degrees in both Bible and Communications. After graduation they married on August 1st 2010. Now they are together in the Dominican Republic following God’s call and excited to serve the LORD in the G.A.P. Year Program.
I currently live in Norcross, Georgia and have spent most of my life between Florida and Georgia. I grew up in a Christian family and was saved at the age of 6. While that is true, my faith and understanding of who God is and what it means to be a Christian were pretty basic until my mid to late twenties. Over the past few years, God has really challenged me in my faith by giving me the desire to learn about Him, by encouraging me to read His word, and by helping me see what it means to fully depend on Him in everything I do. I want nothing more to live fully in His will.
In 2000, I travelled to the Dominican Republic for the first time with a ministry group from college. It was during that trip that I both fell in love with missions and the Dominican Republic. It is then that I said to my mother, “This is what I want to do with my life.” Since then, God has led me back to the Dominican Republic six times over the past four years on short term mission trips, to serve in Santo Domingo, and to intern with SCORE.
As a high school Spanish teacher, God has gifted me with the ability to educate. I believe that He is leading me to use the platform of education to spread His word. I imagine that in the Dominican Republic I will find myself “educating” in a variety of ways. Whether through helping to organize various Child Sponsorship programs, tutoring children from Lily’s House, teaching Spanish to missionaries or teaching English to locals, I am sure that God has plans that are far beyond what I can imagine.
Tim and Ginny Craiger have been serving the Lord with SCORE International since 1999. In 1998, Tim and their son Brandon went to Jamaica on their first SCORE sports mission trip. The following year Tim and Ginny recruited 37 athletes to go to Costa Rica and while they were there God spoke to their hearts regarding coming to SCORE for full time ministry.
They are currently splitting time between serving in the USA and in the Dominican Republic. While in the D.R., Tim serves as the Field Director there. He overseas all of the groups that come down, as well as the many missionaries that SCORE has on staff there. While in the USA, Tim and Ginny recruit athletic teams, church groups, and senior class trips to go on short-term trips with SCORE.
Tim and Ginny have been married since April of 1973. They have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. They are members of First Baptist Church of Elkhart, Indiana. They praise the Lord for the opportunity to serve in this world-wide ministry!
US Cell – 574-780-3924
DR Cell – 809-299-4085
Sadrac and Sarah Difren are missionaries with SCORE in Domincan Republic. They have been married for 3 year and have a son named Jaiden who is a year and half old. Sadrac goes out with groups and translates for them, as he speaks 4 languages…English, Spanish, Creole, and French. Their main focus on the field is working with medical groups, but when there is none, they also work with church, sports, and school groups. Sadrac is also a pastor at a local church called Juan 3:16 and has been pastoring there for about 2 years now. Sarah is a homemaker, but is very involved in the church with the young teen girls and women’s ministries and also is involved with La Leche League in Dominican Republic. She also helps out in the DR office with organizing group schedules, etc.
Dr. Duncan is a Fellowship trained sports specialist, Orthopedic Surgeon and SCORE International missionary. He brings advanced arthroscopic and orthopedic reconstruction techniques alongside a deeply committed faith to Christ. After honoring a first-rate monetary contract to introduce new technology and cutting edge techniques into the Shenandoah Valley, the Lord has led Dr. Duncan and his family to the Dominican Republic. He will work with professional athletes, care for the indigent in need of health and spiritual care, penetrate difficult to reach villages, and augment church planters.
Dr. Duncan draws from pro level experience, knowledge, and technical expertise from his work with the Pistons, Red Wings, and Tigers during his fellowship year in Detroit in 2010. Although serving the Lord is his first love and passion, he started his sports interest lettering in multiple sports in high school, including being named all-Metro academic player of the year in baseball in MS in 1988. He met his Godly bride, a former Naval officer and nurse, in San Diego, CA while he was preparing for his Navy flight surgery tour to the Middle East and aboard the USS Bonhomme-Richard with the US Marines.
Sarah, is a registered nurse, accomplished practice manager, faithful wife, dedicated Mom, and a loving friend to children’s and women’s ministries. Andrew at 9 and Rachel at 7 have been given a blessed heart for Christ. They are a treasure and joy, and have been allowed athletic, academic, musical, and social gifts from the Lord. The entire family shares a joy and love from Christ for the Dominicans.
When we married, almost 19 years ago, we dreamed of a simple life in Fort Payne, Alabama. Desiring a home filled with a few kids on a small farm with a few acres where the kids could roam and play… a place where we could teach them about God and life. My greatest ambition was just to be a godly wife and mother. For Jeff, it was just to provide well for his family, to be a godly husband and father. No desires of great careers or of conquering the world.
In 2005, God burdened our hearts and gave us a passion to minister to children. Since then, we have served in camp, children, & youth ministries. Christmas 2007, I (April) took my first mission trip to Haiti. A few months later, I had talked Jeff into going back with me and by year’s end we had taken all of our children on their first foreign mission trip. Going on mission trips changed our lives as we allowed God to begin to redirect our path.
We are amazed that God would choose to use ORDINARY people like us and send us to a foreign country to work for Him. We have to be honest! The word missionary itself is intimidating. We naturally put that duty right up there with pastor. We consider pastors and missionaries to be the “superstars” of the faith and tend to think God only uses the “superstars” to be used in mighty ways to make a difference in the world.
But, God is in the business of using just ORDINARY people. And because of our ordinariness, when surrendered to God, allows him to make a miracle out of our lives that only He can receive the glory for.
That’s who we are….just ORDINARY people with a passion:
By God’s grace, as followers of Christ, we seek to glorify God by having an EXTREME IMPACT for the kingdom of God.
Jeff worked in the metal joist industry for 18 years and I (April) worked for 5 years on our church’s children’s ministry staff until God began directing us to prepare for the mission field. Working and serving in the church has given us the opportunity to raise our family in ministry. We do ministry together as a family!
Jeff and April have been married since February, 1994. They are a homeschooling family and their three biggest blessings are: Justin, Alli, & Austin. Their sending church is Wills Valley Community Church in Fort Payne, Alabama. They will be serving in the Tireo Valley, Dominican Republic as SCORE missionaries.
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Eddy Gil and his wife is Nancy are both Dominican natives that serve with SCORE in the D.R. They have three boys, Eddy, Erick, and Edrick.
In April of 1990 Eddy received Christ as his personal Savior. Nancy got saved in April of 1995. In August of 2001 the Lord called the Gil family to work in full time ministry at SCORE International. Eddy is the administrator at the Missions Ministry Center in the Dominican Republic.
Eddy counts it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve in this position among his fellow believers. It is one of the greatest pleasures the Lord has given him in his life. Nancy is an accountant and does all of the book keeping for SCORE in the D.R.
Missionaries to Dominican Republic
Megan and Ryan were married on February 3, 2007. The couple met at their sending church, First Baptist Church of Elkhart, Indiana. Ryan has been with SCORE since 2001. He graduated from the Word of Life Bible Institute in New York and Argentina. Megan has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.
Ryan grew up in Elkhart, Indiana and was saved at the age of 17. God called him to missions in high school and he joined SCORE in 2002 after completing an internship in the Dominican Republic. Megan grew up in Fayette, Ohio and was saved at age 14. She was called to missions in 2005 while she was on a trip to Costa Rica with SCORE. God brought Lia Grace into their lives on December 2, 2010.
Ryan serves as the director of the Missions Training Center (MTC) in the Dominican
Republic. Megan is heavily involved with office administration and with the women’s ministry.
Camp Director for Highlands Complex, Dominican Republic
After coaching baseball the last three years for Tennessee Temple University Crusaders, Gus and his wife Ileana joined Score International as Missionaries to the Dominican Republic in August of 2009. They will be moving to the Dominican Republic in the spring to serve the Lord in the Rawlings Foundation Highlands Complex located in Boca Chica. Gus will be the Director of the youth camps and oversee the Score International baseball operations in the Dominican Republic. Ileana will be serving in the camp, women and children’s ministry.
Gus and Ileana were both born in Cuba. Their families left the island in the late sixties, and relocated to Miami, Florida. They met in 1977 while attending Miami Senior High School. They have been married for 29 years and have two married children, son Agustin Jr. and his wife Barbara and daughter Anaely and her husband Jonathan Johnson. Their home town in the U.S is Ringgold, GA, and they are members of Silverdale Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN.
The Lord blessed the Hernandez’s while they served in the ministries of Westwood Christian School in Miami, FL, Tennessee Temple University and Silverdale Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN, and they are excited to share God’s message of love in the Dominican republic and experience God’s future blessings.
The Judes have been working in the Dominican Republic since 2006 as churchplanters & women’s ministry coordinator.
They have 2 daughters, Mali & Brinkley, who bless their lives.
Robersy & Sarah Lara, Missionaries to Dominican Republic
Robersy – As any typical Dominican boy, baseball was my LIFE from a very young age. I slept, ate and breathed baseball, still… I knew something was missing. After being given a contract with the Cincinnati Reds and a month to strengthen my swing I headed back to my hometown of Bani to get ready for a life full-filling my dreams. However, during that month I was invited to attend a baseball game where the Gospel was preached. In that moment, I realized what was missing from my life. It was Jesus Christ. Since that day when I surrendered my heart to Christ priorities have changed! Baseball is still a great passion of mine, but Christ is my EVERYTHING. I gave up my dream of playing baseball professionally and decided to use my passion for baseball to win souls for Christ.
Sarah – Born and raised in Bermuda, I never dreamed that I would serve God in the Dominican Republic. However, my heart has been mission-minded from a very young age. I was always interested in men and women who risked their lives for the Gospel, and I prayed that God would use me in a mighty way too! To prepare myself in the Word of God, I studied English and Missions at Pensacola Christian College.
In 2008 a door opened for me to serve in the Dominican Republic for a year, where I fell in love with the country, the people and also a Bible club leader named, Robersy Lara. We were married on April 6th, 2013.
From 2009 until 2013 God truly worked on our hearts and strengthened our faith in Him and led us to ministry with Score International. As doors continue to open, we praise God for preparing us to use baseball and discipleship to win souls for Jesus Christ and train up men and women for His glory!
Robersy – 829-206-6571
Sarah – 809-330-7575
Craig grew up in the Northeast Georgia mountains in Hiawassee, GA and was saved by the sovereign grace of God at the
age of 12. Joanna grew up in the mountains of Monterrey, Mexico, where her dad was a pastor and became a believer
when she was just a young girl. After spending almost all of her life in Mexico, Joanna’s family moved to Hiawassee. When Joanna came to school for the first time to finish her 8th grade year, her and Craig met for the first time at 14 years old. Amazingly, Craig was in the school office with his mom when he first saw Joanna he told his mom, “You see that girl, that’s my wife, I’m going to marry that girl.” Following a couple years of trying to convince Joanna this was a divine revelation and not psychosis they began dating at 16 and by graduation the couple both sensed God’s call to international missions.
God’s undeniable calling on their life led Craig to earn a B.A. in Spanish and Joanna to become an RN with a BSN in
Nursing. Following college Craig took a teaching job at Towns County High School and also coached baseball while
Joanna worked as an RN at the local hospital. After getting married on June 24, 2004 God quickly reminded them of His
call a few years earlier and Craig resigned from the school to surrender to full-time ministry and seminary.
Since entering the ministry Craig and Joanna have been in the refining fire of God’s wisdom and grace as He was and is
preparing them for the ministry set before them. In 2007 they were given a rare opportunity to relocate to First Baptist
Church Woodstock where they entered a residential ministry under the leadership of Pastor Johnny Hunt. Their two years
at Woodstock were years devoted to the development of personal character and integrity as well as learning the
importance of loving one another the way Christ loved the Church. A realization that one’s primary ministry is not to
minister to others but to allow God to minister to you and then you to ministry to your spouse and then united in Christ
as one flesh the couple ministers to others.
They have traveled to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Haiti, Costa Rica and Peru. They have have a passion to reach the lost and to not just love on them, but to share the gospel with them, no matter the cost. Following almost 10 years of praying and trusting the Lord that in His perfect timing He would send them to fulfill the desires of our hearts, God has now opened the door to engage the nation of the Dominican Republic for their joy and Christ’s glory and they praise Him for the opportunity to serve Him through SCORE International.
Margaret grew up in a Christian home in Birmingham, Alabama. She attended Samford University and graduated with a degree in education. She married Jan Lloyd Morris in 1970.
After teaching one year in the public school system, she knew God was calling her into full time ministry. Over a 30 year span, she was blessed to serve as a student minister in three amazing churches.
After the death of her husband, God began to redirect her ministry and gave her a passion for international missions, especially for the Dominican people. Her first trip to the Dominican Republic was in 2002 and she continued to bring groups to the Dominican Republic for 8 years. In the summer of 2007, she served in the internship program in the Dominican Republic.
Following her internship, Margaret returned home to care for her ailing mother, while also serving as the Congregational Care Minister for Westmeade Baptist Church.
In January of 2011, she will return to the Dominican Republic as part of the Score staff, working as the Dominican Republic Internship Coordinator.
Margaret is blessed with three children and eight grand children.
Brian; I grew up in a Christian home supported heavily by Christian morals and growing up giving my heart to Jesus, and living my life for him. I have been on several short term missions trips in the USA and overseas such as Bolivia. I have a construction company that is based strictly on Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! I’ve had my struggles and failures, but through my weakness God has shown me my Strength!!
Emily; I grew up in a Christian home as well, except I struggled a little more. I didn’t want to get to know Jesus right away, basically because I didn’t understand who he was. My grandfather died a tragic death when I was younger, but to this day he left such an impact on my life. He was an amazing Christian, and I wanted to be just like him. I got saved at a play called Judgment House, and that was the best feeling I have ever had. My father was with me, and when I got saved I looked up and he was crying just as much as I was. I have never felt as free in my life as I did right there in that moment. Through the years I struggled but then I met Brian. He kept coming through my line in Menards where I was a cashier, and I finally asked him out! On our first date he took me to church, and I am so blessed because he brought me back to the Lord! It’s a true honor to serve our Lord.
On July 31, 2010 we got married at Mt. Tabor Church where we are currently members. We joined SCORE in 2011 and are currently raising money to go to the Dominican Republic. We are the owners of Pine Valley Construction in Circleville, Ohio.
In 2011 our lives changed even more for the Lord. We took a short term mission trip through SCORE international, to the Dominican Republic. Brian put on new roof for a well deserved church in three days! He grew to love the natives. Some of them, who never knew what a hammer was, got up to help him and Caleb put on the roof. It was amazing. Emily helped in the Medical clinics. Her life changed the very first day when a young man came in with two fingers cut off because someone tried to murder him for money. The only thing she could do was hold his hand and tell him it was going to be okay, because she’s not a doctor, and that’s where God wanted her. She was outside crying on a friends shoulder when they were working on his fingers. A little native girl came up with a flower, a little girl with nothing but love, gave her a flower hoping she would stop crying. And it did. From that moment on we fell in love with the natives even more! On the first day 20 natives came to know Christ! Imagine what we could do over a longer time period!
We got back to the United States, and it hit us that we are meant to be in the Dominican Republic. That’s where God wants us; that is where he can use us the most. So we have been working to raise support and prayer support to get back down there and to bring more lives to Christ our Savior!!
Brian will be working Construction missions, as well as working on the SCORE complex. Emily will be working medical clinics and the Lily House. She hopes one day to open an abandoned race track one day that is in the Dominican Republic, because she grew up drag racing. She got diagnosed with Epilepsy back in 2005, and she could no longer race anymore and she couldn’t figure out why this happened. Now she knows. It’s because we are both meant to be in the Dominican Republic helping others who need love, support, food, medical, and most of all Jesus’ love! -Gods Will Done In Gods Way Will Never Lack Gods Supply-!
Thank you & God Bless
Brian and Emily Mosley
Bob is currently serving as the coordinator for the Medical/Dental ministries in the Dominican Republic.
Bob and Anna were married in 1972 and have two faithful children, as well as three grandchildren. Bob and his wife Anna have been active in the church and serving the Lord for more than 31 years in a multitude of roles that God has been pleased to place them in, including: Church planting, pastoring, teaching, counseling, medical missions, among others.
Bob has more than 30 years of emergency medical experience as an EMT and RN at major metropolitan facilities. Bob holds numerous national certifications: QMRP; ACLS; PALS; TNCC; EMT.
In addition Bob has completed his doctorate in Theology.
Bob and Anna have been serving with SCORE since 2001.
Their home church is Greenville Grace Brethren Church, Greenville, OH.
Frank and Jo grew up in homes where they were taken to church, faithfully. Frank was convicted of sin and accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord at the age of 18, after his mother’s death. Jo prayed to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior at age 10 during Vacation Bible School in North Carolina.
After moving to Tennessee, she and Frank met and grew to know one another during their student ministry years. Frank and Jo have been married for over 31 years and are blessed with five children and two grandchildren.
Being married in 1978, they have both faithfully served in Children’s ministries, AWANA, taught Youth Sunday School, College Sunday School and Adult classes, along with a ministry to young boys without dads, and an FCA Baseball ministry.
Frank and Jo have been a part of missions by giving and going since their teen years to both Home and Foreign Mission trips in S. Dakota, Arizona, Michigan, Venezuela, and now the Dominican Republic. Three of the Ogles first attended missions with SCORE in 2006 when the FCA baseball team came to the DR on missions. The Lord pierced their hearts for full-time missions then, and solidified it when Frank was able to attend in 2008, and then brought the rest of the family in 2009. When returning back to the States, they knew they were NOT home.
After approval by the SCORE, International Board, they publicly (formally) surrendered to the call of missions in the Dominican Republic. What was once called a foreign missions to them will soon be called HOME. Their home church is Tri Cities Baptist Church in Gray, Tennessee.
Manny was born in Dominican Republic on January 16, 1982. He received Christ through a SCORE missionary when he was 16 years old. From that moment forward he dedicated his life to be trained in the Word of God and serve Christ in church planting.
God has used Manny to start more than 10 churches. Currently he is a missionary of SCORE International and the pastor of one of these new congregations. Together, with other missionaries of SCORE, he is dedicated to planting churches and teaching the Bible in Dominican Republic.
Manny married Olga in November 2008. She serves with women ministries and leads children’s Sunday School in the church.
Giovanny and Carolina serve as missionaries with SCORE in the Dominican Republic. They have two sons, Giancarlo and Gianssen. Giovanny was born in a catholic home, and basketball was his god. He started playing basketball when he was 5 years old and was playing professionally by the time he was 16 years old. Giovanny played on the Dominican National Team for several years.
In 1995, Tennessee Temple University sent their men’s basketball team to the Dominican Republic with SCORE International and played against Giovanny’s team. After the game they shared the gospel of Jesus Christ. Giovanny received Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior that day. After that GOD blessed him with a scholarship to play basketball at TTU. After his time at TTU, Giovanny went back to the Dominican Republic.
The Valdez family has been serving with SCORE International since 2003. Giovanny is a product of what GOD is doing in D.R. When he married Carolina, she was not a Christian. She received Christ as her Saviour in 2005.
Giovanny now serves as the Sports Director in the Dominican Republic. He plans and arranges all of the games for SCORE’s athletic teams that come to play in the D.R.
Jeronimo Ventura: I was born on April 2, 1975 in Argentina. All of my family is not Christian and until I was 26 years old, I loved a disastrous life with lots of sin. On August 25, 2001, a friend of mine shared with me that Christ could give me a better life and that day I received Christ as my savior.
I am married to Alejandra Martinez; she was born on March 7, 1976. She doesn’t come from a Christian family either and on September 19, 2001 she received Christ. After being together for two years unmarried, the day that she received Christ we understood that we should get married before God. On October 18, we got married and returned to being together how God wanted.
We started to assemble and God put a strong weight in my heart for missionary work and I prayed a lot about being a full time missionary. We are members of Missionary Baptist Church of Carapachay, which was founded by Jim Evans. In the church we took theological seminary and then we took theological seminary for missionaries and pastors. We were the leaders in the children’s area since God had called us to work in children’s ministry and church planting.
In 2007, we did seminaries in L.A.P.E.N. in Argentina where we finished our third year. During our time at the institute we prayed for 3 years about being missionaries in the Dominican Republic. In 2011, we met Jose Prado from Costa Rica and in talking to him we shared with him our prayers and we came to know about the ministry of Score International. Today, by the pure grace of God, we are serving in the Dominican Republic with Children’s Ministry and Church Planting; preparing leaders and teachers in the ministry. Our desire is to continue to grow in the Grace of God. Deuteronomy 13:4 & 2 Corthinthians 5:14-15.
We have two daughters, Julieta born on May 28 1999 and Lucia born on February 24, 2003.