2nd Mile Missions began with a subtle feeling of discontent that grew into a God-sized vision planted in the hearts of Rod & Nancy Wildman during a family vacation in the Dominican Republic in 2006.
“I didn’t want to just go to a resort. Nancy and I both felt compelled to reach out to a local church to do something more. We ended up bringing medicine and other supplies but we quickly realized the people had much greater needs.”
– Rod Wildman, Founder
After several failed attempts to connect with local organizations, Rod connected with Pastor Borrell who offered to show them areas of Punta Cana most tourists never see. Not far from the bustling, luxurious resort areas, Pastor Borrell escorted the Wildmans through the slums where migrants from Haiti had been forced to reside after coming to the Dominican Republic seeking better employment opportunities.
Rod and Nancy’s hearts were broken as they learned that most children in the Dominican Republic were denied access to school because of poverty. As teachers themselves, they knew how vital a quality education is for a child to have a future free of poverty.
Standing in an abandoned church hearing Pastor Borrell share his dream to use the building as classrooms for the children in the slum, Rod and Nancy immediately committed to help raise the funds to make it a reality. Working with Pastor Borrell and the Church of God for the Nations, Rod and Nancy established 2nd Mile Missions.
Over the years, 2nd Mile Missions has come alongside impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic to break the cycle of poverty. Rod and Nancy’s passion for meeting the needs of people in the Dominican Republic has continued to grow as 2nd Mile Missions works to educate, equip and empower both children and women. Their vision is accomplished through educational and vocational programs, with the ultimate goal of leading everyone 2nd Mile Missions serves into a transformative relationship with Jesus Christ.