Serving the Lord in the Dominican Republic
Danelle Putnam serves the Lord in the Dominican Republic as a developmental disabilities outreach missionary. Danelle’s work includes reaching out in various ways to people with developmental disabilities and their families who care for them. One way the local church is reaching out is through a home called Good Shepherd Lutheran Homes (Hogares Luteranos el Buen Pastor). Currently, six orphans with developmental disabilities are cared for at this home. With her ministry, Danelle works to provide the often lacking help and training needed in the Dominican Republic for those with developmental disabilities and/or their families. She also reaches out, sharing the message of salvation through Jesus and providing them with opportunities to continue to study God’s Word and become part of a church family. The goal is then to identify and train Dominicans to be able to minister mercy themselves to people with developmental disabilities.
Prior to her work in the Dominican Republic, Danelle spent six years serving with the LCMS in Panama, organizing Sunday school and evangelism programs with special emphasis on women and children. Danelle was born in Corvallis, Ore., and was raised in Montana. She graduated from Linfield College in Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a minor in Latin American studies. She is currently pursuing a deaconess studies degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. In her free time, Danelle enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, singing, cooking, hiking and camping.
Danelle asks, “Pray for me and the people of the Dominican Republic. Ask God to provide me with many opportunities to proclaim His almighty love and saving grace. Also pray that the people of the Dominican Republic will truly come to know and believe in our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.” Let us give thanks to God that Danelle is serving His children in this part of the world!
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