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Our Mission:

To give each child the love and security of a Christ-centered family and teach them values founded on the Word of God. We offer these often overlooked boys a quality, Christian education and critical life skills that will carry them through adulthood and point them solely to Jesus Christ, their Savior and Redeemer.

Throughout the cities and impoverished sugar cane villages of the Dominican Republic, homeless and abandoned children have become permanent fixtures. Economics, cultural traditions, and unsanitary conditions force them to scavenge and beg for scraps daily. Violence and loss have siphoned all hope.

 

In 2007, SCORE International, a Chattanooga-based sports and evangelism ministry operating in the Dominican Republic for 30+ years, began to search for ways to minister to orphaned boys, often found homeless and destitute. At the same time, Pastor Steve Berger was invited by Grace Chapel member Reese Smith to spend a few days in the DR participating in SCORE’s baseball ministry. The mornings were spent in baseball camps and ministry, while orphanages were visited in the afternoons.

 

Orphanages were established more often for girls only, and when Pastor Steve and Reese, who also serves on the board of SCORE, visited an orphanage where boys and girls had been housed together the previous years, they saw only girls.  Reese then asked the question, “Where are the boys?”  This led to the discovery of very poor living conditions for the boys who had been separated and moved to another location. Several Grace Chapel members were in the group who saw these boys, including Sarah Berger, as well as SCORE officials, and an immediate decision was made to join hands and prayerfully commit to making a long-term commitment to provide a loving home environment where young boys could grow up knowing the love of God, receive an education, and become leaders of the future for their families and their country.

 

SCORE had property in the Villa Espana section of San Pedro de Marcoris which they offered for this project.  The drawings for the homes were designed, but there was no name for this complex.  During this time, the sudden and unexpected accident that took our very much loved Josiah Berger to Heaven on August 14, 2009,  changed everything.  The Lord, our Comforter, whispered gently to us, “Josiah’s House.”  The loving and gracious response of the entire Berger family was “YES!”

 

With hearts full of gratitude for God’s provisions and appointments, we now see the fruit of the many prayers and love of those who followed God’s call to care for the orphans.

WHO WE REACH

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Giovanna's House
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Wander Javier

Wander Javier, 10, enjoys playing with the other boys at Josiah’s House who have literally taken him under their wing. He sleeps peacefully and soundly in his own bed each night and enjoys building things with the toy blocks in his room. Many times during the day he’ll say, “Que Buena Vida!”, which means “This is a good life!” We thank God for rescuing this little boy and installing him as a son of the Kingdom of God and of Josiah’s House!

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Eddy Junior

Eddy Junior, 9, was the youngest of several children in his family. Eddy loves to eat and every time he eats, he devours the food we give him! He is adjusting very well to life at Josiah’s House with the other boys and appears to have quite a throwing arm! He is currently a second grader at the local Christian school.

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Jose Luis

Jose Luis, 11, joined Josiah's House in March 2015. Jose Luis' younger brother, Eliander, also lives at Josiah's House. His twin sisters Josefa and Josefina live next door at Giovanna's House. It is wonderful to have this sibling set all living together.

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Eliander

Eliander, 7, joined Josiah's House in September 2015. Eliander is able to live at Josiah's House with his older brother Jose Luis. His twin sisters Josefa and Josefina live next door at Giovanna's House.

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Noel

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Ishmael

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Carlos

Carlos, 1,6 was the first boy to join the Josiah’s House family. He loves to sing “Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord” in Spanish. When he came to Josiah’s House, he didn’t know his vowels. He now loves to read! He a local Christian school and recently received the Christian Character Award.

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Argenis

Argenis, 12, is a happy-go-lucky boy, eats to his heart’s content, and is in fourth grade at a local Christian school. He recently portrayed Emilio Prud’homme, the man who wrote the Dominican National Anthem, in the Wax Museum’s National Celebration Day Parade at school.

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Darlin

Argenis, 12, is a happy-go-lucky boy, eats to his heart’s content, and is in fourth grade at a local Christian school. He recently portrayed Emilio Prud’homme, the man who wrote the Dominican National Anthem, in the Wax Museum’s National Celebration Day Parade at school.

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Victor

Victor, 13, lived on the streets most of his life. He stayed at Josiah's House over a weekend in the Spring of 2012 and then we reconnected with him in the Conani office that summer. He immediately came to live with us and he has been a delight. He received the highest honor at Word of Life summer camp this year as “All Around Outstanding Individual” and is now in fifth grade.

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Fernando

Fernando, now 13, reads fairly well, made the Academic Honor Roll and is currently a fifth grader at the local Christian school.

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Houseparents: Fran & Aris

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Josefa

Once we purchased the house and land for Giovanna's House, Josefa and her twin sister Josefina were able to move in as our first girls and join their siblings Eliander and Jose Luis next door at Josiah's House. How wonderful to be part of reuniting this sibling set!

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Josefina

Once we purchased the house and land for Giovanna's House, Josefa and her twin sister Josefina were able to move in as our first girls and join their siblings Eliander and Jose Luis next door at Josiah's House. How wonderful to be part of reuniting this sibling set!

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Luisa

Josiah's House Bicycle Project

 

UPDATE:

 

The original idea for teaching the older boys at Josiah's House a trade originated in 2010 with the suggestion of collecting used bicycles, shipping them to the DR, and teaching the boys how to repair them and run a small business. The shipment of bicycles, spare parts, tools and a used van arrived at the end of April 2016. It's a joy to see the boys working on the bikes getting them ready to sell. The boys on this project are enjoying the challenge of getting more ready for market.

 

Click Here to watch the video about Josiah's House Bicycle Project.

 

For more information on this project, please send an email to info@josiahshouse.net.

STAY CONNECTED WITH JOSIAH’S HOUSE

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! Josiah’s love for missions and his enthusiasm for life continue to inspire those desiring to pour hope into the lives of these amazing boys.

 

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