Dominican Republic Team Update #3
July 10, 2019
Tuesday, July 9
This evening, we started our nightly fellowship hearing from some of the Empowering Action interpreters and employees who work with EA’s Abundant Life Program. One of the interpreters was telling us how the Haitian communities in particular face persecution and more extreme poverty, and how programs like Abundant Life bring the hope of the gospel to these communities! Lovely, one of the participants in EA’s Abundant Life program, shared how after she completed the 16-week program, she began to advocate for the women in her community. She has grown in her own confidence, and she now leads her own group of 25 women in a sewing program to teach them life skills!
- Rock Team 3: This team from the Montgomery County Campus broke up into small groups and visited houses in the community. One group was able to pray with a woman and two children who clearly understood the gospel and prayed to receive Jesus! After parting ways, they went to another house, and the woman who previously accepted Christ was there – waiting for them to share with her friend! They explained the gospel together and the second woman also accepted Christ! This then happened a fourth time! It was an amazing thing was to see the excitement of the new believers, and their desire to immediately share the good news with their neighbors!
- Young Adult Team: This team also traveled door to door in a neighborhood that one young girl said was difficult and crime-ridden. Pastor Eric Saunders explained the analogy of how you can become a citizen of “another country” (i.e. heaven). This young girl indicated her recognition of sin and her desire to know Christ!
- Rock Team 2: During lunch, some students went and sat with a man who was eating near them. He was the pastor of a local ministry. Our students were encouraged by the testimony of this man – who came out of a life of voodoo and witchcraft (which is very common in the DR) to a complete transformation to abundant life in Jesus Christ!
- Medical Team: Today the Medical team was serving in a Haitian community where they saw over 294 people and shared the gospel with many, resulting in three who indicated making a decision for the Lord!
Tonight, we looked at two terms with Pastor David, neither of which are specifically found in the Bible, but are “pictures” we see in the Word. The two terms are missionary and unreached.
- Look at Acts 13:1-4. “A missionary is a disciple of Jesus set apart by the Holy Spirit and sent out from the church to cross geographic, cultural, and/or linguistic barriers as part of a team focused on making disciples and multiplying churches among the unreached.” – David Platt.
In the New Testament, we see certain people, set apart in “teams” (two by two) who were sent out with the explicit purpose of the goals stated above. This is a specific call to “service”, as we reviewed last night.
- Romans 15. We see Paul taking a few different missionary journeys, with an emphasis on working especially in places where the gospel has yet to be preached (i.e. his desire to go to Spain). “Unreached peoples and places are those among whom Christ is largely unknown and the church is relatively insufficient to make Christ known in its broader population without outside help.” – David Platt.
The unreached are not the equivalent of the lost. Unreached people have little to no access to the gospel. It is estimated that 2 billion people in the world today are unreached. Consider the incredible suffering and triumph in the life of Adonirum Judson. God’s blessing often comes after deep suffering in our lives, yet the harvest is plentiful for those who faithfully obey the Word.
Are you willing to lay down your life to see how it might be used for the spread of the gospel around the world? Pray that today.