Many times, when we discuss our mission, we focus on the physical needs of the Dominican people. We work hard to feed them, teach them a life skill, and help them discover a way out of poverty and exploitation. However, we can't forget the most important aspect of our mission. It's the very reason Mike Williams founded this mission: to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Events like what happened recently in Alto de la Jagua reminds us of the true meaning of what we do daily.
Alto de la Jagua is the name of the new village we are serving on the top of a mountain. It is located about an hour and a half from our other villages near Zion. A 3-mile hike on foot used to be the only way to reach this village. There was no road, and no vehicles could travel up the large mountain, so the villagers used donkeys to transport materials up the long trail. Crossover Cups Mission came alongside this village and built a road so that these villagers could have easier access to food, medical supplies, and, in turn, the Gospel. Jose Luis and Dani, a CUPS missionary couple, trained with Daniel for several months to learn the ropes and become the new missionaries in Alto de la Jagua.
In December, seven (SEVEN!) residents of Alto de la Jagua accepted Jesus as the Lord of their life and committed to sharing the Gospel with their community. Daniel and Jose Luis shared with this family about the love of Jesus Christ and how God works and does great things through the Holy Spirit. According to Daniel, you could feel the atmosphere of repentance in the air. These people repented of their sins that day:
Pedro (he said, "I don't want to walk in darkness anymore")
Oscar (he said, "I don't want to have to say that I am a Christian. I want other people to say that I am a Christian")
The following week, Daniel and Jose Luis talked with them about remaining in the love of Christ for the rest of their life. This is the result of planting the seed of Jesus Christ as a foundation in homes and staying consistent in sharing the love of Christ. Soon, a community center and basketball court will be built on the mountain to facilitate this discipleship. Lord willing, in the future, there will be a sewing center and bakery. These actions, in just a few short months, are already bearing fruit.
Please consider partnering with us in prayer for these new souls who have come to life, and that they remain in the Word and living in faith! You can also partner with us financially. Your gifts make stories like this possible. Your gifts fund the missionaries sharing the Gospel, your gifts provide educational resources to share the Gospel, and your gifts provide vocational resources to provide for these people who so desperately want to make a difference in their communities. Prayerfully consider a one-time gift or a monthly gift. Click on the link below to make your contribution. Thank you for playing a role in changing lives and bringing souls to life!