Throughout the cities and impoverished sugar cane villages of the Dominican Republic, homeless and orphaned children have become permanent fixtures. Economic conditions, cultural traditions and unsanitary conditions force them to scavenge and beg for scraps daily. Violence and loss have siphoned all hope.
We believe when one boy is shown a life filled with respect, guidance, love and hope—a mighty man of God will emerge who can change his life, his community and the next generation.
Located in San Pedro de Macrois, Josiah’s House will be a complex of four homes housing a total of 32 boys, upon completion. In each home eight boys and a married couple (house parents) live and grow in a family setting. Our mission is to give each child an education, Biblical guidance, life skills and daily affirmation of God’s love for them.
Josiah’s House is the extended heartbeat of Grace Chapel in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, and is named in honor of Josiah Berger, the son of Grace Chapel’s Pastor, Steve Berger, and his wife, Sarah. Josiah unexpectedly went to Heaven in 2009 at the age of 19 and is now more alive than ever!
Grace Chapel, led by Pastor Steve Berger, has worked in the Dominican Republic for several years through the SCORE baseball/evangelism ministry. Plans for the construction of an orphanage in San Pedro de Macoris were underway when Josiah Berger, the son of Steve and his wife Sarah, unexpectedly went to Heaven on his 19th birthday on August 14, 2009. As a result, orphanage construction leaders felt led to name the home Josiah’s House in his memory. Just weeks after Josiah’s passing, they presented the idea to the Bergers who tearfully and joyfully accepted the gift in honor of their son. Josiah’s life on earth aptly reflected a passion and love for God as well as a heart for underprivileged children in Spanish-speaking nations.
Contact: SCORE International for more information