One of the highlights of the entire week was this moment above- foot washing for around 70 kids and providing them with new shoes. It completely reminded me of Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…” which was the whole purpose of our trip; we were there to serve them. To encourage them. To love them. And to share the greatest Person that ever lived on earth with them. Here was another site we visited who waited two hours for us and because of the scorching sun, people were jam packed under this pavilion as well as in the surrounding trees. Our team tried to perform in the center of the circle which was so hectically fun as children were crawling on the floor or sitting on an adult’s shoulders just to get a better view. So precious!
Free day!!! After touring Café Santo Domingo’s coffee factory, we headed to the beach where we all basically baked and burned; so worth it. Some people from Team Bani were also water baptized in the blue Dominican water which was such an amazing sight. There’s nothing like praising and worshiping God for all He has done in the week so far by being surrounded by nature; the sound of crashing waves while laying on the sand under a palm tree and witnessing baptisms. To God be all the glory.
This shot was taken during our second to last site on Friday. Because the church was a sauna and extremely hot to do anything, we decided to take it outside. Just a few minutes later, there was a group down the street walking in our direction who happened to be satanists. We immediately stopped our skits and started praying that God would change their direction. They turned on the intersection right before our road. Hallelujah.
Saturday night’s Bani crusade. Goodness gracious, the minute I stepped off the bus at the venue I was already dancing and praising God: Sovereign King, Redeemer of Bani, Healer of all brokenness. We were dancing from beginning to end; I couldn’t sit down once. After Team Extreme used their biceps one last time Pastor Kevin Stark, the stadium speaker, gave the salvation prayer where hundreds of people lifted their hands to ask Jesus to come into their lives as well as prayer for healing. So powerful. I was awestruck. How do you not get goosebumps from the sight of 5,000 people hearing the Gospel? And to think that was only one of the 20 states in the Dominican Republic that was holding this event!
The morning after at our gate in the airport. Remember my last post where I mentioned Bani had been in a drought for three years? Just driving to and from our sites was a blur of dry beige scenery. For the entire week, Team Bani was praying for rain and because God is amazing and never fails, it started raining on our way to the airport and ever since we’ve left it has rained four times. What a mighty God we serve indeed.
I remember being at The Gathering and watching promotional videos for 1 Nation 1 Day thinking, “Ohhh, that’s nice,” not even contemplating on going, but I am so grateful God made a way. I’ve encountered Christ in a different and fresh way and spending the week with world changers who are so radical and on fire for Him made it that much better. So blessed. So joyful. Thank You, Jesus.
Last stop of #JirehForFour: L.A.!