Today was another good day in the Domincan Republic. The entire day revolved around Bible study. We spent the morning revisiting the friends that we have made in Santa Rosa and inviting them to join us for Bible studies in the afternoon. I had the pleasure of leading the men’s Bible study. We discussed Psalm 1 and Luke 6. There were about 20 men who showed up for the study and they were very involved in our discussion. They particularly enjoyed the illustrations from these text. Psalm 1 tells about the man who is “like a tree planted by streams of water” and in Luke 6 Jesus describes the man who hears and does His words as the man who builds his house on a solid foundation. We also had some good conversation afterwards. One man stood up and confessed that he was struggling with unforgiveness. It was obvious that he had been through a lot, and we urged him to give his heart to the Lord and repent.
The Bible study went very well and the response was wonderful. You could see that the Holy Spirit was working in the hearts of these men. The thing that I want to talk about in this post, however, is the children. Today, I got a glimpse of what Jesus and His disciples felt like to be followed by a crowd of children. We were accompanied through the streets of Santa Rosa by about 15 boys and girls. These kids were joyful and glad to fully participate in our door-to-door outreach. In one instance, we met with a young mother and her 4 children and her sister in her very small scrap metal home. Somehow the three missionaries, our translator, and 15 children crammed into this small house with the mother and her children. It hit me as Emily was sharing her testimony that we not only had an audience with the family in this home, but also with the 15 children that had come with us. These children represented a large portion of the families in Santa Rosa. I can only hope that as they listened intently that the truth of God’s Word was taking up residence in their minds and hearts. I also thought about how we Americans fail to include our children in all the purposes of the church. How often do we take our children to witness with friends and family? Do we include our children in praying with others? Should we be more intentional in showing our children how to care for others? If our kids don’t see us participating in the fullness of ministry, will they be less inclined to take up their cross and follow Jesus? That is why I am convinced that my children should participate in short term mission trips, ministry visits, and other external ministry. I pray that you and I will be faithful to “Train up [our children] in the way [they] should go; even when [they are] old [they] will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6