Christian Dominican Evangelistic Mission​
is a mission organization made up of Dominican national pastors and workers who are striving to reach Monte Cristi and the surrounding areas with the saving message of Jesus Christ.

CDEM was established in 1999 by Alberto and Lynette Rivas.  Their mission work began in Santiago, but God soon called them to the village of Monte Cristi near the Haitian border because there were no Christian churches in that area.  Their vision was to plant churches in Monte Cristi and the nearby villages so many people could hear the good news about Jesus.
At first, the Rivas family commuted back and forth to Monte Cristi on weekends leading Bible studies, Sunday School and eventually church services.  In July of 2002, Alberto and his family relocated to Monte Cristi where the church met in the carport of their home with the children’s classes meeting on the basketball court or in the downstairs of their house.
Despite Lynette's sudden death in 2003 from a previously undetected heart condition, Alberto continued the mission work and vision of planting churches.  In December of that same year, the area around Monte Cristi experienced devastating floods with many losing their homes and even more losing their jobs.  During this time, the mission had the opportunity to feed 200 families for a month.  This opened the doors to begin our second church plant in the Madre area in September 2004.
For many years, vanloads of people from the neighborhood by our baseball field were transported at least three times a week to our worship services and Bible studies in Monte Cristi.  In 2008, we were able to begin the Buenos Aires church out in that area, making us accessible to many more people than we could ever transport.
That same year the Monte Cristi congregation was also able to move into its own building for worship right across the street from the Rivas home.
In 2008, the mission also began providing support for the pastor of the church located in Barrero.  This church is a healthy growing church.
In 2011, the decision was made to close the church that had been started in Madre. Those who had become Christians in that area had moved to other towns, and there had been a lack of responsiveness in others.  In August of that year, though, we opened the new school for the children of the Buenos Aires neighborhood.
Over the years, we have been blessed with many godly Dominicans who have contributed greatly to this work.  We are thankful to God for these men and women!For many years, vanloads of people from the neighborhood by our baseball field were transported at least three times a week to our worship services and Bible studies in Monte Cristi.  In 2008, we were able to begin the Buenos Aires church out in that area, making us accessible to many more people than we could ever transport.  That same year the Monte Cristi congregation was also able to move into its own building for worship right across the street from the Rivas home.
In 2008, the mission also began providing support for the pastor of the church located in Barrero.  This church is a healthy growing church.
In 2011, the decision was made to close the church that had been started in Madre. Those who had become Christians in that area had moved to other towns, and there had been a lack of responsiveness in others.  In August of that year, though, we opened the new school for the children of the Buenos Aires neighborhood.
Over the years, we have been blessed with many godly Dominicans who have contributed greatly to this work.  We are thankful to God for these men and women!