24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another… Hebrews 10: 24-25
Unity & Life Change!
Life Change. There are no other words to express what is happening through this team. Many question the value and significance of short-term mission trips. Wouldn’t the country and people be better off if we simply took the funds from our trips and supported them financially? Keep reading and you will see, this is not about what money can buy, but rather what God can provide.
Our team in the Dominican Republic is learning so much about unity. Not only the unity they are experiencing as a team, but the unity Real Life has with Cristo, Luz de las Naciones Church in Barahona province. The photo above is a great example of that unity. Our women joined with the women of the local church, for a bible study. The time included prayer, worship, fellowship, devotion and a whole lot of love and laughter! While Day 1 of the study, the women made bracelets with words that were special to them…on Day 2, they decorated aprons with those words for them to visually demonstrate their faith publicly as well as in their homes. While this was a first for many of these women to be sharing publicly about their faith, our team leader Tonya has this to say,
“We took a leap of faith in this ministry. The women here simply ask for us to pray for their families, the health of their families, etc. This is the first ‘life group’ like this here. They typically study the Bible in church and with their families. We are sharing with them what life groups have done for us. People we can rely on, pray with, cry with, celebrate with and learn about Jesus with. They will be continuing the book study after we leave.”
Women’s ministry ended on Wednesday with a boutique! Our team painted their nails, played games, continued the bible study and then, blessed the women by having them “shop” through the 150lbs of clothing that our Real Life family donated! The women were so grateful and appreciative. Bringing tears of joy and thanks.
Children’s ministry continued through Wednesday. The team played games associated with the Bible verses, gave all of the boys baseball caps and the girls pink bracelets.
While hearts are full, they also ache…
“We continue to love on these people and their children. It is a little tough to eat here without feeling emotional, for the kids watching you from the outside through the glassless window.”
Today the team will be spending the morning at the orphanage, and concluding the day with baptisms in the afternoon. So far, we know at least 10 people from the church expressed their desire for baptism!
Please, continue to pray for our team and for those they are ministering to. Together, they are changing the world one community at at time!