We apologize in the delay for March’s update. Things are going well here in the Dominican Republic. During the month of March, we enjoyed a visit from one of our family’s friends from Pennsylvania. It was an encouraging time for all of us, especially for Stephanie to have her friend here with us. We focused much prayer as a congregation on our property payment during the month, and we held a four-hour prayer vigil for the finances of the property on March 17. Praise the Lord for the money that was sacrificially given to this work. Please continue to pray for the financial needs of the ministry. Tim was able to preach in March a few times to the school students as well as a twice during the Thursday midweek service on the book of Hebrews.
One of the highlights from the month of April was our Easter services. Many people in the Dominican will leave the capitol city during this time off from work and school in order to visit friends and family around the country, but we were thankful for the group we did have of those that stayed behind. Pastor Jose Ramon preached the early service, followed by a time of breakfast and fellowship. Tim preached the second service, continuing his study on Isaiah 53 from the previous week. After the message, he performed his first baptismal service with one adult, one teenager, and one child being baptized. Afterwards, we entered the church again to partake of the Lord’s Supper. What a special day to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, to see the outward symbol of the inward change through baptism, and to remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for us through the Lord’s Supper!
We are continuing the work in our Sunday School classes. This provides a great opportunity to practice our Spanish every week. Tim teaches the young adult class while Stephanie helps in the primary age class. Landon and Elena, who are part of her class, sang and quoted Scripture during one of our services this week along with some of their classmates. We are excited to see them continuing to learn and understand in both English and Spanish.
Also, during this school semester, Tim has been preaching a series on “Choices” to the middle and high school students in the Academy. They have discussed Jonah, Jonathan, Joseph, and Ahab so far. On April 18, he preached about the “Eternal Choice” and our decision to accept or reject Christ as Savior. Praise the Lord as many accepted Christ as Savior following the chapel message! Please pray as we continue to seek to reach and minster to these children and youth. We have another month left with them until summer break, and we are actively trying to make the most of this time that God has given us to impact their lives.
Thank you for those of you who have faithfully prayed for our visas. Stephanie received everything with the notary and apostille from the States in March, and we had it translated and legalized here in the country. We submitted all of the necessary documents (Praise the Lord the office accepted it with just one trip…last time there were multiple trips and additions) and received the medical exam. Pray with us as the immigration office has 3 months to validate and process the application that there would be no problems and that Stephanie can receive her temporal residency soon.
We are looking forward to the various summer outreaches this year. Please pray for the different groups that are coming as well as our summer ministries. If you are interested in coming to see us in the coming year on a mission’s trip, please do not hesitate to contact us! Thank you for your faithful financial and prayer support for our family!