Finding Our Place

Our first month back in the Dominican Republic has almost gone by and we are starting to better get into the swing of things. I think we both thought that we would hit the ground and just pick up where we left off, but it hasn’t happened that way. It has taken some time to get settled and find our place here in the ministry. A smart person told me one time, “If you are having a difficult time finding where God wants you to serve, just start serving and God will take you where he wants you”. So many times I hear people say that they are waiting for God to reveal to them what he wants them to do but I am not sure that is how it works. I believe God wants us to take that first step in serving so that is what we are doing. It reminds me of when my Dad would drive up on a job site to find a guy not working and they would tell him it was because they didn’t know what to do. I remember him telling them, “If you don’t know what to do just do something. If it is wrong I will just have you redo it. I would rather that then have you standing around doing nothing.”

I think God would rather have us serving in an area that doesn’t fit us perfectly than not serving at all. So, we have jumped in serving as things have come up. We helped lead a team of pastors that came to visit for a week. The missionaries were so encouraged by this group of pastors. They had such wonderful hearts and most all of them have served in ministry for a number of years. It is great to learn from people with such wisdom. Many of them were broken hearted over the poverty here in the Dominican Republic. In this area I felt the missionaries were able to care for them and give them some encouragement. Many of the people that are faithful members of our church have very little but are content in their circumstances. They know that this world is temporary and that their reward is in heaven with Christ Jesus.

This past week I was asked to substitute teach at Colegio Nueva Vida and believe me that is outside of any gifting I might possess. I did enjoy it though and just had a blast with the kids. I taught 3 English classes and one French class if you can believe that. Luckily the kids have it down and I pretty much just sat there while they worked though their workbooks. I was really pretty much just a distraction as I acted goofy to try and get a laugh. The best part was getting to spend time with the kids to get to know them better. Because of this time, when I stopped by before school yesterday, many of the kids came up to talk to me which was a great feeling. Building these relationships with the kids will allow me the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them. Again, it is the little things that God can use to share his love with others. Something as small as teaching a class can open up lines of communication and the hearts of the kids.

Renee is serving as the organizer for our fellowship ministry. After church on Sunday morning we have a time of fellowship with food and coffee. This is a really important ministry because it gives us an opportunity to build relationships. Also, when we have any type of special outreach ministry events she plans for the food and drinks for those. Again, this is really important because it gives us a great opportunity to spend 1-on-1 time with individuals. The big events are great and they are important but I am convinced that it is through the building of individual relationships where we can make the largest impact.

One Sunday morning I had the opportunity to preach as well as lead a chapel service for the high school age kids at Nueva Vida. For both services I wanted to remind people of how huge our God is. He is a star breathing God! But I also wanted to let them know that this huge star breathing God calls them His masterpiece. That while he breathes out stars with no effort he took time to mold us and make us. This is important for people to understand because so often the world tells us that we aren’t good enough, smart enough, talented enough or that we will never amount to anything. But there is a huge, powerful, star breathing God of the universe that says YOU are His masterpiece.
I am excited about our family getting involved with a new work. We have begun scouting out an area for a new school and church. This is exciting because it is close to where we live and we can be involved from the very beginning of working in a new area. The village is a primarily Dominican area but also had a Hatian village close by. This would be a wonderful opportunity for us to minister to both communities. The need is very great here for the Gospel of Jesus to be spread. Pray that God will give us the ability to reach this area and that the door will remain open to the hearts of the people here in the Sosua area.

In Christ,
Chantz

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