Construction contiunes.... By the time we had to break for lunch, we were practically done with all the pieces to complete two churches. It's just very cool and interesting to see how they have everything set up for teams to be able to be successful in building a church in a week.
In the afternoon, we went to a local baseball field... which was really just a field... to do our next day of sports ministry. There were at least 32 boys that showed up to throw balls and practice their skills. Our students were very impressed with their ability to throw a ball. Even the little guys could throw harder than most of us! After baseball, we did the skit and presented the Gospel through sketch board again. It was great to watch people just passing by on motorcycles or cars and just stop in their tracks to see what we were doing. At the beginning of the skit, there was a elderly gentleman at the end of the park. He picked up his green chair and walked over and sat front and center to our presentation. Once it was over and we led the group through the salvation prayer, there were at least 12 boys of various ages that raised their hand saying that they prayed the prayer, however, the elderly man did not. We handed out lollypops, Gospel bracelets, and the Gospel of John to everyone that was there. The elderly man was flipping through the Gospel of John and you could tell on his face that he was struggling. Richard, and a few of the students, approached the man and began to talk. By the time they were done, the elderly man told Richard that he wanted to give his life to Christ. So we all prayed over him and with him. We, literally, watched a man's disposition change from struggling with what he watched and heard to complete joy and smiles. It was truly a beautiful thing to be a part of and to see the Holy Spirit work in this man's life.
After dinner, we went to a church service on a different side of town that has more poverty than where we are staying. When we arrived, they did not have any electricity so we did worship on the street until they were able to hook up the generator. As Samuel & Hanneh sang, people were coming from all directions to see what was happening. As a result, they decided to join us for church. Our team had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the church service. We lead worship, we did the skit, and Matthew even delivered the sermon. All of them did such a marvelous job! On the ride back to Time Ministries, Richard asked the students what they thought of how this culture worshiped God. They all enjoyed it and loved how it didn't matter how things looked or how things sounded... people just were gathered together with one purpose and that was to praise and glorify God.
Looking forward to another great day of finishing up construction, doing more sports ministry, and then loading up the truck with all of our supplies so we can put all the pieces together and complete the church. Please continue to pray for health and opportunities for us to make a big deal of Jesus in the Dominican Republic!
Posted on Thu, August 6, 2015
by Kelly Spinney