Wow, trying to learn some Spanish on top of Creole is interesting. I am surprised at how much I understand and remember from that one semester (or so) I had a Spanish class in like middle school (didn’t care to learn it at the time).
We are here at YWAM Santo Domingo working with Aracelys and a skeleton crew. Many staff/volunteers are gone to raise money to save the base and off to DTSs in Chile and Costa Rica. Last week, we helped out around the base, did a program at an orphanage, prayed for the departing DTS students, prayed for Omy and team for favor as they left for the States for 2 months to try to raise $356,000 (Canadian).
On Friday, we left for Santiago, where Aracelys is from. We arrived at a high school and did a program that went like this: Introduction, worship, Water of Life drama, Johny’s testimony, Testimony drama, Joane’s testimony, close. It was during a 20 minute break, so a lot of people heard it, and maybe about 100 watched it. We met Milta, (who I believe used to go to that high school) and Olga (who has worked at Mision Rescate in Haiti). Later on, In the evening, we met up with Olga and went to a neighborhood to do our program again. Some of our team went around with Ara and invited people, but almost no one came. We felt like we were just supposed to give testimonies in the microphone for people to hear in their houses. Me, Genese, Joane and Robert shared our testimonies. After that we went to Aracelys’ church to meet some of the youth group there, then went and ate. The plan was for the girls to stay at Aracelys’ house and the guys to stay somewhere else. Olga directed us to a church, which turned out to be Milta’s church. After a few minutes of waiting in the van, Ara came back and said they had set everything up to receive our whole team. It was such a blessing! There was 4 rooms, 2 for the guys, 1 for Robert and Genese and 1 for us girls. Each room had it’s own bathroom as well! This was such a blessing for us!!!
Saturday, we went to a university and did basically the same program in a common area. A lot of people walked through, some stopped for a little while, and maybe like 30 stayed around for the whole thing. Afterwards, we were giving some of the contacts from there a ride. One of them, John, suddenly got really sick. We prayed for him, then took him to the hospital. Robert and I went in with him and Aracelys. While we were waiting, Robert talked to some Haitian nurses that work there. They said they want to go back to Haiti, but there’s not much of a chance for work there. Please pray for them to find work in Haiti. We picked up Pablo, a YWAM SD staff that came to join us, then went to Ara’s church to join with the youth group for ministry in a neighborhood close by. We went and ate empanadas (patey, fried dough with chicken/pizza/whatever filling) with them. It was fun trying to speak broken Spanish with their broken English, our Haitian student’s broken English and teaching them broken Creole. But there was definitely a bond formed.
Sunday morning, we went to church at Ara’s church. Robert shared his testimony there about being quick to obey God. Olga welcomed us into her house for a lunch of spaghetti and bread. Once again we met up with the youth group to do ministry in a neighborhood. More people came and watched this one and there were several Haitians there as well. Later, we went to a Haitian church to do our program there. It felt like home, singing Creole songs and hearing Creole being spoken. Our Water of Life drama really impacted one guy that Robert talked to and led to Christ. Joane and Desure’s testimonies were really powerful as well! When Ara went to drop of her youth group kids, she got in a little accident, with almost no damage, but the lady freaked out and she had to go take care of that. Ara had to go at 8 in the morning to finish taking care of things there, so that pushed back our “early” departure time to about 11:30. Since Mondays are our day off, we rested the rest of the day, then had a team meeting in the evening.
Today we helped out cleaning around the base. This afternoon we’re going to do our program at a leper colony. We’re praying and believing for God to show up in an awesome way in the way of miraculous healings! In my DTS, I had a picture of me praying for a leper and them being healed. I thought it was going to happen in India on my outreach, but maybe it’s for here and now!
To God be the Glory!!!