This past month each of our discipleship school students stepped out of fear and into taking risks with and for the Lord to love others.
There was so much that our Lord showed us on our week long mission trip last week but, for me, there is one lesson that sticks out: EVERY person in Jesus has something to contribute in reaching out to others.
Our first outreach in Santiago, Dominican Republic was at Leon Jimenez Park. The outreach small group that I was made in was made up of me, Obadiah* (son of the lead pastor at New Life Church in Lincoln Heights), Anita* from Hope Church (in East LA), Enrique’s (son of the lead pastor at Hope Church) 6 year old son Isais*, and Jonas* a Haitian brother in the Lord from Iglesia Comunidad Multicultural (the host church that led us during our week stay in the DR).
At the park, we came across this young couple that seemed to be having a date. The woman was a Venezuelan and the man was Dominican and French. We asked about the young woman about the crisis happening in Venezuela and could tell she was sad with her family still there. Jonas preached and prayed for her to find the hope of God to be lifted up as well as to lift up her town and country. I got a sense from God for the man that God wanted to fill him up with God’s oil so his light would not go out. Up to this point the man didn’t really seem that interested but he perked up as Josiah translated some of the words of the image I got into Spanish and asked “How do I get this oil?” Anitia jumped in to share her story of how she learned that she needed her own personal relationship with Jesus instead of just going to church with her mom. Isais shared that in prayer he saw a tree made out of the number 3. The man shared that his favorite number was 3. This young couple was touched to know that God saw them and knew them.
But for this moment of the Kingdom of God to break through, it took everyone to contribute: a Japanese-American man, a half-Caucasian half-Chinese teenage boy, a Salvadorian woman, and a half-Caucasian half-Mexican 6-year-old, and a young Haitian man living in the DR to all work together in Jesus.
It was a beautiful glimpse of heaven, where every tongue and tribe will be lifting up Jesus together. So you see, EVERY person in Jesus has something to contribute.
*names changed for privacy
Our sister church that hosted us in the Dominican Republic is doing such amazing work in their community. One of which is their building of community center (we got to pray at the site of the foundation that is already being built) which will provide a place for a school for the many Haitian children who are not allowed in public schools in the DR! Please consider investing in the Kingdom of God in this way!
I pray that we all follow Jesus into putting ourselves out there this day with His love.