I am from Wooster, Ohio. I was raised in a Christian family all my life and I repented and accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 5 years old. Shortly after, I began to feel called to be a missionary as an adult. I first heard about Handfuls of Hope in the spring of 2016 while living and working in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. They were seeking teachers to serve in their summer school program. After speaking with Donald Coords, I fell in love with the mission and vision of Handfuls of Hope and since I was not working in Santo Domingo the next school year, I happily agreed to begin working as a missionary for them.
My position at Handfuls of Hope is the Sponsorship Program Coordinator and also assisting the director and coordinators in the school. My favorite Bible verses are James 1:2-4 and 2 Corinthians 4:7-12. I enjoy working with Handfuls of Hope because I get to see the Lord working through me each day to better the lives of the children and adults of this community. This community has become my home and I love being able to live and serve with my wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ of my church in Catalina. I am passionate about reaching the people of Catalina and beyond with the Gospel of Christ and also with quality education. In the future I would like to become fluent in Spanish and receive more education to better serve in this ministry. My hobbies are singing and listening to Christian music, reading, and spending time with my friends and the children of my neighborhood.
I am from Orlando, Florida. I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 6 and was baptized when I was 9. I began coming on missions trips to the Dominican Republic through another organization my freshman year of high school. I fell in love with the country and began to have a desire to serve here. Later in my high school years I started praying about serving as an intern in the Dominican Republic during a gap year. A friend of mine suggested that I contact Handfuls of Hope. After talking with Donald Coords, visiting Catalina, and much prayer my senior year I felt called to serve in Catalina. I started working with Handfuls of Hope in the Summer of 2016 as an intern and will continue working here as long as the Lord wills. I am the head of finances for the school and missionary house and also assistant for the director of the school. My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11. Working with Handfuls of Hope brings me joy because I am part of a great team that is striving to make a difference in this community and beyond. My favorite part about living in Catalina is being a member of this loving community and the church here that is always pushing me to grow in my faith. I am passionate about helping the people of this community through the ministries of Handfuls of Hope. My future goal is to become fluent in Spanish. In my free time I enjoy building relationships with the people of this community and playing with the kids that live in our neighborhood.
I am from La Romana, Dominican Republic. I became a Christian when I was 16 years old. At the young age of 5, I met a wonderful man named Don Coords who came into my life, ministering to my family and me. Seventeen years later I learned about Handfuls of Hope and began serving alongside their summer mission trips. I began interning with Handfuls of Hope in May, 2016. I work as the security guard for the school, translating and assisting with groups, and whatever else they need me to do. My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13. I love working with our Isaiah 58 ministry. While living in Catalina I enjoy being part of the church community in Catalina. I am part of the Pastor’s seminary class and I hope to use the knowledge learned in this to better serve the Lord. I am passionate about serving God through music. My hobbies are listening and singing to Christian music, playing guitar, and exercising.
Juan Yan Alcantara, (a.k.a Jose)
I am from Catalina, Dominican Republic. I accepted Christ as my Savior March 27, 2006. I first heard about Handfuls of Hope the same year I became a Christian through my church in Catalina. I began helping them every year with the groups and later as a translator. I began interning with Handfuls of Hope during the summer of 2016. My current position is Maintenance for the school and other buildings of Handfuls of Hope. My favorite passage of Scripture is Romans 6:18. I love working for Handfuls of Hope and to be able to meet and serve with my brothers in Christ from the United States. I am passionate about helping the people of my community and I would like to be a dentist to be able to assist in the medical needs of my people. I enjoy playing volleyball, basketball, and baseball in my free time with my friends here in Catalina.