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Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic

March 28, 2011

Homeschooling Family Faces Challenges after Shooting

Last week, Joseph Antonio, 23, was shot in both legs while defending his mother from an attempted robbery in the Dominican Republic. Joseph’s parents, longtime homeschoolers Dr. Gene and Rebecca Antonio, are no strangers to difficulty. They have served as missionaries in India, the Dominican Republic, and other places for the past 30 years. Encountering difficulties has become part of their lives.

But this incident has stretched their emotional and financial resources to the fullest. As the Antonios raise funds to send Joseph and Rebecca to the United States for advanced medical care, Dr. Antonio and the rest of the children plan to remain on the mission field to carry on their work of pro-family evangelism and spreading the word about the benefits of home education to parents in the Dominican Republic.

Joseph Antonio, a homeschool alumnus, has played a major role in the family’s mission and outreach work. He has taken a leadership role in helping pro-family legislation in the Dominican Republic, including a recently enacted pro-life amendment to the country’s constitution.

“I believe in the life-changing power of the gospel and that home education is a life-changing experience,” Dr. Antonio said. “We have homeschooled our children from the beginning, and I have seen incredible fruit. I don’t think our children would be as effective or servant-hearted if it weren’t for home education.”

The Antonios continue to hold workshops introducing homeschooling to the Dominican Republic and conducting pro-family discipleship rallies in public schools before thousands of students. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. You can send them an encouraging email at If you would like to learn more about how you can support the family, please visit their website.

(Note: Although some parts of the Antonios’ website have been disabled for security reasons, most of the pages and navigation buttons still work.)