Once again, the Church of the Nazarene in the Dominican Republic joined together to bless a community and plant a new church – this time in the city of Bonao, located in the Northeast District. This was the first Maximum Mission held in that district and they had the support of 3 other districts who worked a total of 4 days.
The community of “Los Arroces” in Bonao was impacted September 21-24 through the work of compassion, service, evangelism, discipleship and communion. Around 40 youth from the Dominican Republic and Haiti contributed their gifts and talents in service to the community.
The group formed basketball teams and preached the message of salvation to the young people in the community. Eight of them made a decision to follow Christ. There were also activities for children and teens, a conversation with women about their value and God-given beauty, a dominoes tournament, and a great closing worship service on Sunday night with dance presentations and plays. Three people came to know the Lord during the service.
The project finished on the last day with the celebration of the baptisms of 12 teens from the Church of the Nazarene in Bonao.
Dynamic fellowship and a great desire to serve united the team in this missionary work. During every activity, participants could see how God was working through them in the life of the community.
The name of the event was “FOCUS: Deny yourself, Surrender, and Follow me.” The hope was for every young person to focus on the calling of the Great Commission by going and making disciples.
“I’m 16, and I felt great while participating in this big event. I was in a play, and a man approached me and told me: ‘Don’t be nervous. If you’re shaking it’s because God’s presence is near and you’re feeling it in this moment.’ That was encouraging and filled me with joy; the strategies that I was able to use to evangelize in the houses and streets of that community made me feel that God was with us and was talking to other people through me.” —Angel Manuel Duson
Written by Elba Duson, East District Global Mission coordinator, DR.