Two teen mothers gave their hearts to Christ after reading with us Ephesians 5. That's right, Ephesians 5. When has that happened in this history of the world? It was so powerful. I don't remember a time being part of an evangelism outreach where the Holy Spirit was so evident. Wow! It was such a great day.
Nursing homes in the Dominican are quite somber. In some ways, these are the forgotten people of society. Our students sat down to sing and spent a great deal of time with a simple ministry of presence. It was a glimpse of living in the light of Easter, where God comes again, visits followers to eat and encourage them. It was beautiful.
After visiting the nursing home, we returned to the mission house to minister in the neighborhood. God gave our students all a boldness to share. God was speaking; even though one of the girls in the park was initially resistant, God wouldn't let us leave her until she accepted Christ. There is a song the students sing in chapel sometimes that talks about God's relentless love. It's like we saw the lyrics lived out right in front of us. God was revealing his passion for these people to know Him, the same way he went into the room with the disciples in Luke and revealed his wounds while eating fish. He wouldn't let the disciples not see His resurrected body.
A short time afterward in the same park, I watched two groups of our Hillcrest girls, one surrounded by about ten boys, listening as the girls read the Gospel in Spanish. Others were calling even more in the park to come and listen. While that was going on, about six young girls came running by me. They were holding the New Testaments they had been given by another group of Hillcrest girls, smiling and waving at me as they went by. So powerful. Mr. Preston has been to the Dominican Republic at least ten time. He said he hadn't seen such receptivity during his time here.
After being out on the streets, we invited people to the basketball court nearby. There, we played basketball, sang songs, and gave testimony of Jesus. Again, so many kids, nearly all with receptive hearts. We gave out all our Bibles. Another chaperone who has been with us nearly every year we've gone to the Dominican Republic, Carol Aase, said that she saw a boy who was about twelve years old walking down the street with one of the Bibles we gave out in the park, reading it as he walked. It was that kind of day. We left the court with our hearts full and rejoicing in what we had just witnessed. It was like we were living in those first days after Easter. He is Risen. He is Risen indeed, Hallelujah!