Dominican Republic Team Update #4
July 11, 2019
Wednesday, July 10
What an amazing day of ministry! Here’s a snapshot from three of our fourteen teams:
- Moco Team 1: While the team went door-to-door to pray and speak with people, they met a woman who asked them to pray for her terrible back pain. The team prayed for healing, and then walked away, unsure of what God had planned. They continued to share and serve the community for the rest of the day. Later, as they were loading the bus, the woman they prayed for ran up to them to tell them that her back pain had seemingly disappeared! Whether this relief is just for a time or is for forever, she experienced that when people pray, the Lord moves!
- Medical Team: Each day the medical team sets up clinic in a local church. Today, after the clinic had closed, one man persisted in his plea to be seen. The medical team saw his urgency and allowed him through. This man had sustained a severe head injury from a beating he received when he attempted to intervene in a fight to stop a woman from being abused by a group of men. He only wanted glasses from our medical team to be able to read better. He was very thankful for the care and love our team showed him!
- Prince William Team 1: On this day full of house visits, this team were specifically asked to come to a house to pray for a man who was dying of pneumonia. They were able to pray and encourage this family, especially a young man who had had a very difficult past, with the hope of the gospel and the message of forgiveness in Christ.
Tonight, we also heard from some of the other ministries MBC supports. One is Lily House (a ministry of SCORE). Lily House ministers to women and teens coming out of prostitution and trafficking situations. It provides a safe home to live in, a day-care for the women’s children, and a business training center to equip these women to make a new living with dignity. This program is based on the Word of God, and staff at Lily House have seen the Lord do amazing things in the lives of these precious women and teens! Pray for the staff, women, and mission of Lily House!
The second ministry that MBC has been privileged to walk alongside is Emanuel House Children’s center, started by Mirqueya Guzman, established in Quisqueya, where she grew up. Even though she had a difficult childhood, she accepted the Lord at age 17 and went on to become a schoolteacher. As she taught in Quisqueya, she began to see many students in a similar situation to how she had grown up; hungry, little to no resources, difficulty learning. The Lord moved her heart to do something, and she began looking for the neediest kids in her neighborhood and giving them extra meals and tutoring. She did this for many years on her own, using her own funds. About 11 years ago she met a group from MBC, and through the love and partnership of many, land for the current center was acquired, and a multi-purpose building was constructed and is being used to impact over 150 needy children weekly! Continue to keep this ministry in your prayers!
Kent Husted, director of Empowering Action also gave a brief encouragement tonight. He spoke about three things;
- The Wise Investment of Family Mission Trips. In a parenting article Ted Tripp said, “Our responses to the circumstances and crisis of everyday life make our theology real”. This year, we have over 30 children under age 12 on this trip and multiple families. What a great investment for our church – families experiencing the power of God and the obedience to His Word to preach His gospel.
- The Gospel’s Power of Reconciliation. Our first priority in missions must be the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:11-12). This is the only thing, the only news, the only truth that has the power to reconcile us to God and us to others around us.
- The Transformational Power of the Church. In the middle of Acts 17, we see in verse 6 how the gospel can “turn the world upside down”. The truth of who Christ is and what He has done is life altering. When we return home, we must have the same mentality that we do when we go into communities here in the DR (to make an impact). That mentality and urgency should not change when we return to the U.S.
Cyrus Mad-Bondo, one of our Global Pastors, closed the night by sharing a quick “picture” of the character of Jesus and how we can imitate Him. Our faith isn’t a buffet where we can pick and choose what we want. It’s all or nothing (John 5:19). Those who call Jesus Lord have a responsibility to model ourselves after the character of Jesus. Those on our trip this week need to have the same fervor for the gospel, the same patience for those around them, and the same grace they have shown to those here in the Dominican when we return home! How are you challenged to model the character of Christ this week to those around you, wherever you may find yourself?