Dominican Republic Team Update #5
July 12, 2019
Thursday, July 11
We've been brought to our last night in the DR! Our team was blessed this week to be led in worship by Billy Wiginton (MBC Montgomery Campus Worship Leader) and a band of very talented worship leaders from the churches we worked with this week. During worship tonight, we had a sweet and moving time singing to the Lord as we reflected on all the ways He moved this week. We have experienced so many wonderful and amazing things. Here’s a few reminders of His grace today from our teams:
- Rock Team 2: One of our students got the chance to see a lady she had seen before on a previous trip. During that trip, the lady did not know the Lord but soon came to faith. These many years later our student was overjoyed to see Maria strong in her faith. It was a testimony that the Lord is faithful to continue His work. All we are called to do is plant seeds!
- Rock Team 1: One of the moms on this team got to share her faith for the first time ever, and the woman she shared with indicated she wanted to receive the Lord. This was yet another reminder to us, that when we are obedient to do what the Lord calls us to do, He is the one who does the amazing work of salvation!
- Moco Team 2: Having a mom who hails from Haiti, one of the ladies on this team got to go to a Haitian church and she was able to share her testimony there and encourage the team. She was impressed by all the young people on her team and the fervor with which they shared their faith.
- Prince William Team 1 & 2: These teams had such a special time ministering together, learning from each other, and spurring each other on together as they shared the gospel. This really was an example to them all of how the church should act like a family!
Cyrus Mad-Bondo closed the night by sharing a part of his story; the difficult time that his family walked through with the unplanned pregnancy of his grandson and the joy his life has brought to them. He challenged our team from 2 Corinthians 5:16-19. Brokenness is the reality of our world. C.S Lewis talks about believers signing a ‘certificate of divorce’ with the world. Can that be said of you, Christ follower? Do those around you see a radical separation from who you once were and who you are? When things happen in your life that are unexpected, that are “not in your plan,” or are a consequence of your sin (or someone else’s), how do you respond? Does what you say or preach line up with what you do when life happens?
Trip participant, God wants to see the person you have become (as a result of this trip) determine how you live your daily life. We owe it to God to live in such a way that the forgiveness we have received from Him permeates all areas of our life. The gospel is truly the only hope of this world, the only thing worthy to found our lives on, and the one way to abundant life here and in heaven. Is the gospel of Christ those things to you and how does that impact the way you pray, give, serve and live?