Update From Breath of Life International - NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2014 MENTORING TRIP UPDATE Mentoring Trip - UPDATE
First, we want to thank you for prayfully and financially supporting this team and allowed us to serve God and the people of Dominican Republic . We could not had done this work without your help. Truly God was exalted and the people were loved and served through this mentoring trip. Read on....
Community Development In Los Pepines
The people of Los Pepines received the mentoring team in their brand new community building (We were the first to use it!). The Beller Methodist Church team has developed a wonderful relationship since we started working in this community two years ago. Each Saturday, their children team provides a VBS for the children. Now, there are five adults from this community fully integrated into the life of the church and already discipling others. Our mentoring team came to reinforce this relationship by providing a medical clinic and doing home visits in the community. The light is on in this very unreached neighborhood.
Major Impact in Las Caobas The medical clinic, public school educator seminars, children outreach, veterinarian work and evangelistic events left a mark on the people Las Cao Nurses taking vital signs bas. The medical team saw a great number of sick people and shared the gospel with many of them.
The public school educators learned how to deal with aggressive students in their classroom and this gave many of them renewed hope to continue with their jobs. They were so impacted by what they learned and the overall community work that Breath of Life International was doing, that several teachers wanted to become a permanent member of BOLI's work.
Fosforito (Luis Gilbert and the children team)spent time in the classroom with the students teaching them the love of God. Many of these students left with a great desire to know more..All of the above work culminated at an evangelistic event that took place Sunday night. See down below for the amazing way God impacted this community or click here.
Veterinarian Outreach in Las Caobas and Santiago Rodriguez
The veterinarian work was outstanding.
They saw around 27 farms. They provided animal health checks, bull surgeries, animal care seminars, medical products, and presented the gospel. More importantly, they built relationships with the cattle ranchers. The ranchers were so joyful for their service and words that they even had a pig roast to thank them.
The ranchers saw the love of Jesus in action as these veterinarian team cared for their cattle and shared the gospel with them (click here to read more about their work). God will use anything we have to show his love to others.
Soon after our return, one of the cattle ranchers reached out to us requesting Bible study because him and his colleagues want to learn about becoming followers of Jesus. We are now sending him daily short studies through "what's up." The BOLI students will be working with them to give them bible studies biweekly. Pray for the seed to grow and to bear much fruits.
Medical Outreach in Lajas and Sabana Larga
Lajas is a very small town between Dajabon & Santiago Rodriguez. This is Luis Nunez' s hometown, one of our student. In Lajas, the team did a medical clinic. Many people came to receive medical care, mostly Haitians. One of the most impacting event took place here. Before we started working in this towm, there were only a couple of Christians there and witchcraft was the main game in town. Last summer Luis' mother and sisters were deeply captivated by Jesus' love and message and became disciples. They began to teach their people whatever they have learned from us and several others became disciples of Jesus also. So, they asked us to go there and encouraged them during this trip. So, we went and did a medical clinic. We were shocked at what we found. The witch doctor was dead and his wife had moved out of town. One of the new Christians, Chicha, whom we went (supposedly) to encourage her, was preaching to us that Jesus wants to save the nations. Now, you need to know that this town is in the middle of nowhere. It is beyond the mountains through difficult roads. This one new Christian , who has not travelled more than 100 miles, was telling us that as she reads her Bible, Jesus is pressing on her that Jesus wants the nations. That Jesus is Lord of the Nations and that the church must go to the nations to preach the gospel to the unreached. She shared that in her very humble home, Jesus has given her the ministry to Chicha and Her Husband sharing her heart for the nations in Lajas pray for the salvation of the nations who never heard the gospel and for the church to wake up and go. I was speechless and extremely in awe of the majesty of our God who is raising people to pray in the middle of the nowhere to mobilize the church to go the nations. What an amazing God!
But there is more. As we left her house, we continued to invite people to the medical clinic, a man came to us and asked us to go and see a lady who was in bed sick since she was in no condition to walk to the medical clinic. When we got to the lady's home, she began to tell us that the night before she had a dream that a group of people were coming to her house to pray for her and heal her. When she described the people in her dream, it was exactly like our group. Just the team's presence along filled her with joy. She sat up in a chair where our team prayed for her, took care of her physical illness and preached the gospel to her whole family (Acts 10 all over). We were in awe! To think that God care so deeply care for this old lady (she was probably pushing her 80's) to mobilize us to go to her to share his love and gospel with her and her family, so that they might believe in Him. All that we could do is fall to our knees and worship our God. I am absolutely convinced that there is not one person on this earth that God has forgotten. We just need to go and show up for them to know.
Discipleship & Community Development in Monte Adentro, Santiago
Monte Adentro is another hard to reach neighborhood of Santiago. Our team worked with our local pastor Osvaldo Victoria and his team. We did a medical clinic, door to door visits, a children outreach and an outdoor evangelistic worship service (literally on the middle of the street). The medical Children team presenting a drama l ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of the people, most of them Haitians. As the team prayed for those who were being seem, we saw hard drug addicts turning to Jesus as their last resort. Luis Gilbert and his team had a captivating audience where children sang and played with you joy as they learned how much Jesus loves them. Many children prayed to receive Christ for the first time as they were invited to become Jesus's apprentices. The evangelistic event was explosive. Our students along with the local church put on a drama about Jesus freeing a teenager from drug, sex and alcohol. A crazy man came to the sta Middle - Osvaldo Victoria - Pastor in Monte Adentro ge as the drama was playing. He thought that the drama was real and began to terrorize the actors, screaming and making evil faces. The audience thought this was part of the play. The church began to pray. The pastor and a group of men had to jumped in to be removed the man from the stage. Two of us stayed praying with the man throughout the remaining of the service. By the time the preacher invited people to follow Jesus, Samuel (the crazy man), looked normal. At the same time, many of the local criminals and drug addicts decided to step forward to follow Jesus. The joy was unmeasureable. We all were jumping, singing and dancing of how God was saving people in this community. The local church double in size that night. We do not really know what happened to Samuel that night, but help us pray for his complete restoration.
Pastor Austin Gohn led the BOLI university students and team on a five lessons spiritual retreat on how to become more like Jesus. If you are going to be like Big Papi (Dominican baseball player with the Red Sox), you need to train like Big Papi. And if you are going to be like Jesus, you need to trained like Jesus in the spiritual disciples of solitude, silence, confession, bible studies, and praying without ceasing. Not only were the students impacted and challenged by becoming aware of their need to become more like Jesus, but the training came at the right time. These five lessons were powerful. If you would like a copy, please email me (clicking here) and I will send them to you.
Santiago without Noise Project is Up and Running Dr, Price, Henry Montero and myself followed up on the "Santiago without Noise" seminar that Dr. Price gave earlier in the year to the Santiago's government officials and businessmen. We found out that the program is up and running implementing the recommendations given by Dr. Price. The authorities began making the public aware of the danger of excessive noise through the public school system and giving local seminars. They had done a baseline noise study in different areas of the city and started implementing noise limitations at specifics hours of the day. This is a great success for BOLI as we continue to partner with the city to create a healthy environment for all people in this beautiful city of Santiago. We thank God for this progress.
Pray for the people in Los Pepines and the children outreach happening each Saturday. Pray for these new five disciples to have boldness as they reach out into their own community.
Pray for the people in Monte Adentro, especially for those who committeed to follow Jesus and are trying to leave behind a life of crime and drugs behind. Pray for Samuel for God to completely restored him into the life of the community.
Pray for Pastor Asvaldo Victoria as he disciples the new converts in Monte Adentro.
Pray for Carmen Iris and the rest of the BOLI students as they disciples the new converts in Las Caobas.
Pray for Chicha and the rest of the new Christians in Lajas as they continue to pray for the nation and serve their community.
Pray for the ranchers in La Caobas as they some of them want to follow Jesus and for an effective veterinarian ministry to develop in this area.
Pray for the BOLI mentors and students as they continue in their own leadership formation, ministry development and university studies.
Pray for the team who just returned for them to implement what they saw and learned in their local churches.
The Most Amazing Event of this Trip "Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord; for He is aroused from His holy habitation." Zechariah 2:13
God is on the move. There is no place or a person on this earth that God has forgotten. This is what God has shown me on this trip. We saw God's glory and mercy descend on people one after another. So, let me start with the following event:
Carmen Iris, one of our students, took us to her hometown called Las Caobas. In this town, we did a medical clinic, taught public school teachers, ministered to the ranchers and their cows through veterinarian care, ministered to the public school children and finished it with an outdoor evangelist event (praise, worship, drama and preaching). The people received us with much love. However, there was a baseball game going on all day. The mobile sound system was so loud that the ground was shaking. The people who were watching the game were drinking and partying all through the game. We could hear each play from the medical clinic area which was far from it. Our evangelistic event was going to take place in the park. However, when the baseball game was finished, the party moved to the park area. The Merengue and Reggaeton was so loud that there was no way we were going to hear one word we would say in our evangelistic service. We called it "A day to give Thanks to God." So, I asked the team to pray hard. The event was going to start a 7 pm. By 7pm, their party was in full swing and all that were showing up to our service were mainly children and grandmothers. We stepped up our prayers. We called upon God to show His Glory to this town. I asked for prayers since my brother and I decided to go the party organizers and ask them to turn the music off for 1 hour while we have our service. Of course, they said no, so I asked them to at least let me announce our worship service to the people and give them the opportunity to know what we were doing. The owner agreed. I fought my way through beers and alcohol bottles. I made the announcement that we were having a worship service in 10 minutes for the people of Las Caobas to give thanks to God for His goodness towards them. I repeated the announcement three times and left. I told our team to start in 10 minutes. As the worship service progressed, the people from the party began to drift over to our service with their beers in their hands. They watched intently as the drama played out. The listened carefully as one of our student preached about their need for Jesus. When we made the altar called and asked them to run to Jesus, only a few people stayed in their chairs. A great number of people came to the front, mostly young people, including whole families who accepted Jesus. We prayed for more than 10 minutes with a heart cry to God asking for salvation to come to the people. They reported receiving so much joy that we all began to dance and worship Jesus. We had a party! A new church was born. This was the beginning of the a Church in a town where there is no evangelical witness. It was a new day in the life of this town and these people. In a town where sex, alcohol and baseball were gods, Jesus and His Kingdom just broke through with power bringing His wonderful Light (John 12:46).
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