By: Mitzi Villegas Carmona
Every participant in a missions trip has a story to tell. Many times, we do not hear of the impact of a missions opportunity on those who have been involved. Today we close our time of sharing testimonies from Mission Without Limits https://transformtheglobe.com/2021/04/09/stage-three-of-mission-without-limits-takes-place-in-mesoamerica/ by briefly hearing two more stories of God’s moving in different places and different lives.
“There are things that we should observed carefully and keep ingrained in our minds,” Yefry Domínguez shares. He was one of the participants of Mission Without Limits the first week of April, and he was also one of the servant-leaders in the community of Villa Vásquez, Dominican Republic.
Yefry lost his mother a week before Mission Without Limits was carried out. Many of his friends texted him words of encouragement and advised him not to follow-through with the trip due to his low spirits. He simply said, “Don’t worry. There is no going back; the best is ahead.” Yefry was sure that Jesus’ promise in Matthew 19:29 was true: “And whoever has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name, will receive a hundred times more, and also inherit eternal life.”
In Villa Vásquez, God used him, together with his team, to do great things. Many came to know the Lord and Villa Vásquez was changed. At the same time, perhaps the biggest impact was Yefry’s own testimony in action. His passion to serve in the midst of pain and mourning showed every Mission Without Limits participant and every member of the community the true power of God.
Four hours to the south, Pastors Joan and Alexandra Paulino of the “Christ the Rock” Church of the Nazarene in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, shared that they had been greatly blessed by the support for their local church. They were moved by how the Lord drew people from the neighborhood into a serving together with the missionary team in each scheduled activity.
“We truly saw no limitations. Children, youth and adults – even the elderly – were impacted by the revival there. Many testified that they were filled with strength and joy in their hearts. It was a week of hard work, but also of renewal and a confirmation of the call for many. We give glory to Jesus for everything!” they said.
What is the common denominator in these two stories? God is always moving, and he calls for a total commitment and surrender. It is faith that allows us to move forward. We see the great works of God in the lives of each person who faithfully commits himself to him. Glory to God for showering His blessings on us despite all circumstances! Glory to God for the reward He gives us if we wait on Him! Glory to Him for transforming willing hearts into glorious testimonies of His grace!