What do God’s people do by themselves? In an abolute sense, nothing, because that’s what Jesus said we could do without Him. But think about it like this: Are great steps for the Kingdom usually accomplished by individuals or groups of believers working together?
Blessings For You – at Villa Progresso
It’s true, God works through individual people. But individuals often don’t know how God will bring His plan to reality. The individual is just doing his or her part. The whole remains unseen. That reality became clearly visible this week in Barahona. And that means it’s time to say another word of Thanks, or Gracias!
Some years ago, Pastor Pedro and the church in Barahona began a new outreach to a new community. Several teams have accompanied Pedro and his church members to Friday night services in the parking lot of the Villa Progress apartments. An outcome of that ministry was building a new church for that community.
As the church building progressed, the outreach continued. I have had more than one post about the work being done at Villa Progresso. I was blessed to be able to preach the first sermon in that facility. That was right after the floor was poured. And one of the mission volunteers wrote in the wet cement, Gracias Dios!
The building still isn’t finished, but a big step was taken yesterday. And that step pulls the curtain back on how our Father works for our good, even though we don’t always see His hand.
I got a call right after the first of this year. The gentleman calling was well-known to me. He and his wife are monthly supporters of this ministry. He has traveled with me as a mission volunteer. I have preached in the church they attend. He had called to tell me they wanted to give money to buy land adjacent to the Villa Progresso church.
I had no idea that was coming. When Pastor Pedro started this mission, he had no idea that one of the mission volunteers who worked on the church would be the person God used to give the church more land. But it all happened. And this week it was brought to a conclusion!
Monday morning, Pastor Pedro and I went to take care of the land purchase. Believe me, I got quite an education on real estate purchases in another country! For many reasons, all Dominican, it took the entire morning. But
with Pedro signing for the church and me paying all the appropriate people, we got it done. The church has doubled the size of its property with this purchase.
Please let me encourage you with this news. You probably don’t see all that is going on in your life or ministry. That has often been the case with me. And it can be frustrating, frightening, and the temptation is always there to just throw in the towel. That’s not an answer and we all know it.
Even though I don’t know your particulars, I do know God is always at work. And if we will just remain faithful, we will see what He is up to. And I have always found those moments to be amazing and humbling. I’m thankful for all the people who go, give, pray, and encourage. Together, we can do great things for the Kingdom!
Soli Deo Gloria!