We continued marching forward during the month of February. There were a few great highlights for the church family. On Friday, February 3, we held the commencement ceremony for the Resurrection Baptist Seminary. Sixteen men and one woman finished their studies at the seminary and received their degrees, and they were challenged with a great message from Dr. Rusty Smith. Please pray for these new graduates as they begin this next step or continue in their service for the Lord. The following Sunday, we celebrated the 16th Anniversary of New Life Baptist Church. We passed out hundreds of flyers and invitations around the community, and we were honored to have a packed house with many first time visitors. Dr. Smith preached another powerful message, and during the invitation, two visiting ladies came forward and accepted Christ as their Savior. One of these ladies was a mother who was visiting to see her son baptized that morning. After the service, we held our first baptismal service at the new property. Five precious souls followed the Lord in this important step of obedience!
Also during this month, Tim was able to start a young adult Sunday School class in Spanish. This year, we are making an extra concentrated effort in two of the vital ministries of the church: Bible-teaching and evangelism. We are strongly encouraging the members of the church to come out before the main service to participate in this time of Bible training. We are also seeking to bring them along and include them in our time of weekly soul-winning. We are seeking to systematically reach our sector of Santo Domingo with the gospel. It has been exciting to see some of the fruit already of God’s Word being published to the Dominican people!
We received word from our families that Stephanie’s last item of paperwork arrived at their house. We are waiting for it to receive an apostille from the capitol, and then we can have it translated and begin the visa process for Stephanie. Please pray that it is a successful and smooth process as these applications can be drawn out. Also, continue to pray for the work in the New Life Christian Academy. We have three months left of school, and we are already making preliminary preparations for the coming school year. Thank you again for your prayers for the Lord’s work here in the Dominican Republic. We cannot do the work apart from God and the working of His Spirit!