Today was an incredible day in Samana. If all continues to go well, this will have to turn into an annual event. The opportunity for the Gospel is unbelievable! And the falls at El Limon (Americans, say: lee-mon with emphasis on second syllable!) added surprise and emphasis to our day. More about that shortly.
This morning we met with some of the participants in the Pastor Training School we started this past June. Our previous meetings were class sessions. Our time this week is like a lab class. You remember labs, they were that required class time where you actually did what you studied and/or what your professor lectured about.
Our applied activity this week is evangelism. Our strategy session today centered on creative methods to share the Gospel with the tourists who come here during whale watching season. We have materials in:
Better yet, we have a group of believers who are eager to apply what they have learned and they are glad to have some help seizing the opportunity that is theirs. That this is their opportunity was a major point of discussion this morning. I can help, ROW can help, and other churches can help. But all the help in the world won’t do much good if the people who live here in Samana don’t redeem the opportunity God has placed in their care. That could also be said of many mission opportunities around the corner from your church!
El Limon – Just ONE Surprise
After class dismissed, we noticed a great deal of activity on the streets. The President was scheduled to
be in Samana for the afternoon. And that was surprise #1. The crowds were larger than normal; just another reminder of opportunities for the Gospel. We rode with Pastor Jerlin to take a couple of folks back to their churches outside Samana. On the way out we noticed bicycle riders – lots of them. There was a cycling race in Samana today. Apparently, it was a pretty big event. That was surprise #2.
Dan and I weren’t quite sure when or where the idea came for our hosts to take us to El Limon. It was quite a surprise and it was #3. As you may can tell from the pictures, it’s a remote place. Details are best shared in person. For this space, I’ll just say the trip was worth it. El Limon is a stunning reminder of the beauty of God’s creation.
Surprise #4 was when we came back to Samana. The cyclists were ahead of us with patrol cars. We followed them back into town! Do you how fast they can (can’t!) pedal uphill? Any idea how many hills there are around Samana? 🙂 Well, guess where the finish line was? You got it! Right in front of the Presidential podium. We had quite a day.
I should also add that it has been apparent all day that folks at home are praying. Please, keep it up. We will be preparing evangelism tools tomorrow. Then on Thursday we are going to take it all to the streets, or boats, or whatever else we find in front of us.