I want to thank you for praying for me while away on a preaching mission to the Dominican Republic! Your intercession was, no doubt, of great significance in making the trip a wonderfully fruitful time. I got home at 11:00 last night, safe and sound after dancing around area thunder storms in our Delta jet as we returned to Atlanta. Let me share a few trip highlights and lessons.
I arrived in Santo Domingo a week ago Monday afternoon and was picked up by my pastor friend Roberto Ozuna. We drove a half hour east to his town of San Pedro de Macoris and had dinner at his “casita” (small house) with his wife. I stayed at a small motel just down the street, which was very convenient. I preached Tuesday through Friday evenings then Sunday morning and evening at five Bible churches in the community. The pastors were very gracious to share their pulpits with me, and I was much encouraged by their godliness and loving congregations. I taught on themes of the Gospel, the Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation, the Deity of Christ, Christ as our Prophet/Priest/King, Justification, and Spiritual Growth. I shared a devotional on “fighting the good fight of faith” at a baseball clinic for all-star young men one morning. Some of the coaches there had been professional players in the U.S. in years past. In fact, the same city of San Pedro is home to Sammy Sosa, Robinson Cano, and other baseball greats. The latter’s picture was on the front of the Delta magazine on the plane, and in his article he said that everyone in his home town knows everything about baseball! I had to be humble after the Dominicans beat our U.S. team last week in the World Baseball Challenge. Saturday evening we enjoyed a musical drama of The Pilgrim’s Progress at the Central Bible Church. You can imagine I was interested in seeing that. I was able to share about our Lord Jesus and the Word of God with those I sat beside on the plane both down and back. Especially last evening the third-year law student had a keen interest in the Gospel and committed to reading the Bible!
Sincerely in our Christ Jesus our Savior, the Lord of the Nations,