Paul & Sharyn Branson
Paul grew up in Victoria, BC, Canada, and Sharyn grew up in Ft. McMurray, AB, Canada, later moving to Victoria with her family. Paul was 15 when he accepted Jesus into his heart; Sharyn was 16 when she came to know the Lord through the youth ministry at Saanichton Bible Fellowship. After graduating high school, Sharyn put herself through university while Paul worked with his Dad in the construction field. In May 1991, Paul and Sharyn married in Victoria. In 1995, they started their mission training with a Discipleship Training School onboard the M/V Anastasis with Mercy Ships. In June 1997, Paul and Sharyn moved from Canada to the Dominican Republic to work the poor through evangelism, construction, school sponsorship, hosting mission teams, and medical ministry.
On December 24, 2001, their son, Noah, came home and on December 24, 2004, their daughter, Samantha, came home.
Paul directs all of the construction, Biblical teaching, and evangelism departments of the ministry. Sharyn directs the medical clinic, the sponsorship program, accounting, correspondence and communication.
Together, they lead various short term mission teams on the ground in the DR.
Dra. Wendy Díaz
Primary Ministry Physician
Wendy has been serving at the clinic as our primary doctor since 2008. She is Dominican and certified in general medicine as well as the pastor of a local church alongside her husband, Pablo. Wendy takes the time to get to know her patients, find out exactly what the problem is and treat each patient as best she can with thee resources that she has. She also ask about the spiritual needs of our patients – she never hesitates to take the extra time needed to talk with a patient, give some spiritual counsel and pray for and with our patients. Some patients return just for prayer, even after the medical need has been cured. Wendy and Pablo have three boys: Josue, Emanuel and Eliam.
Nena Delgado Rosario
Assistant Director, Sponsorship Program & Ministry Cook
Nena works with our school sponsorship program, assisting Sharyn in every aspect of the program from communication with the families and schools to leading parent and student meetings as well as devotions. Nena is also our ministry cook, preparing amazing meals for all our teams while the teams are here working and ministering hard on the ground. Nena and her husband, Fausto, are pastors of a local church with a congregation of about 40 people. Fausto and Nena have four children: Oscar, Daniel, David and Noemi. All the children speak and read English and sometimes will help out our teams by translating (when they are not working hard in school).
Mechy Abreu Abreu
Mechy had been volunteering with the ministry at the clinic for many years and in 2013, we were able to hire her for the position of full time clinic secretary. Since that time, she has advanced to administrative assistant for the ministry. Mechy keeps everything and everyone well organized and on task. She is the first face that our patients see when they arrive; she greets everyone with a smile and God’s love. Mechy is very caring to everyone and their specific needs.
Assistant Construction Coordinator and Evangelist
Daris joined the ministry in 2016 and is a blessed addition. Not only does Daris bring his talents in construction and maintenance, he also speaks English which is a tremendous help with our mission teams. Daris has a huge heart for evangelism and we thank God for sending Daris to the ministry as he works together with Paul to evangelize in more and more areas. Daris is married to Leidy and they have two children: Eliezer and Sara.
Fausto Durán Ortiz
Mission House Caretaker
Fausto is in charge of our Mission House. He cares for the house, keeps it maintained and managing rentals of the house to other ministries for teams, local churches for retreats, and missionaries from around the country who come for a time of rest from their ministries. Fausto is married to Nena, who works for the ministry, they have four children: Oscar, Daniel, David and Noemi. Fausto is also the pastor of a local church with a congregation of about 40 people.
Ana Maria Quiroz Rosario
Ana Maria has been serving the ministry since 2004 in various roles such as secretary and assistant. Ana Maria is not afraid to share about her love and faith in God while patients wait to be seen by a doctor. Ana Maria is getting to know our patients and sharing about the God who loves them. She will not hesitate to say what God wants her to say and takes the time to pray with and for our patients. Ana Maria is widowed and has grown four children: Katherine (married to Fernandito with one son, Eduari), Olwady, Olvuaris and Cristian.