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

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.