Carlos Pimentel grew up in a small village in the mountains in the Dominican Republic. During his youth he learned the gospel through his mom and a small evangelical church. When he was 10 years old, his mom sent him to pray for the sick in the hospitals, and to preach the gospel to them. Through his education from his mom, and by serving other people through the church, God planted a passion in him.
After Hurricane David in 1979, a ministry came to his community. He was given the opportunity to work together with the ministry. The ministry teams stayed for months, but it frustrated him that he was not able to communicate with the team. With his Spanish and English Bibles open, he listened to many different Transworld Radio programs, to learn English and to work on his discipleship.
When Carlos was 18 years old God allowed him to start community development projects along the border with Haiti. He moved to Santo Domingo to continue his study and worked together with different ministries. Carlos’ experience and expertise includes over 20 years of involvement in the field of community development for various organizations including World Vision, Food for the Hungry, and CARE international.
Carlos is currently wearing three different ministry hats. He works for three different organizations, quite often in the same communities.
The first organization he represents is Pro Infancia, promoting the integral development and maximum well-being of children and adolescents by promoting initiatives for the protection and defense of their rights together with families, communities, the State, and other sectors that work on this issue.
Another ministry Carlos represents in the Dominican Republic is Empowering Action, with a focus on combating spiritual and physical poverty, in partnership with the local church, by equipping the global church for greater biblical fidelity and ministry effectiveness. With their program K2:42 they support and train local church leaders and improve their Bible literacy. Carlos has been working since 2014 for Empowering Action as the Dominican country director and a board member. Their office is in Santo Domingo.
The third ministry is the Institute for Christian Holistic Transformation (ITCI). The goal of this ministry is to provide leadership training and transformation. They seek to strengthen the godly character of servant leaders in the communities and to provide tools and abilities to increase the competences of local leaders.
Carlos’ expertise in the different organizations determines that he often manages different projects in Santo Domingo, San Pedro and the surrounding communities. This also gives opportunities for Hungry For Life to send a variety of teams who can support the work of each of these organizations.