In the days leading up to my trip to the Dominican Republic, all I could think about was getting there and jumping into ministry.
I couldn't wait for God to use me and show me His heart for the people I would meet! But when I arrived in the Dominican Republic, all I could think about was going home, which I knew was an attack by Satan. I prayed against it because I knew I was there for a reason; somehow I knew my team would see people accept Jesus, and I didn't want to miss a single moment.
The next morning I was still a little unsure about being there, but my team prayed together and then we went out to do ministry and evangelism. It was a beautiful day - warm with a light breeze, and people were outside playing, doing laundry, and just hanging out.
As we were walking down the street, we were also asking God who we were supposed to talk to. There were people everywhere, and they were all so friendly and welcoming - we didn't know where to start! Then, God brought our attention to a man who was sitting quietly in front of his home. We slowly approached him, though we weren't sure what to say at first. Introducing ourselves and asking his name seemed like a good place to start, so that's what we did. He was kind and open, but I could tell he was a little confused about our presence there. The more we spoke, though, the more comfortable he became with us, and he slowly began to open up.
Eventually, our conversation turned to spiritual things and I knew God wanted to communicate to this man how deeply He loves him. I explained the simple Gospel to him while he listened, staying intently focused on what we were saying, despite all the noise and commotion going on around us. We asked him if he had accepted Christ into his heart, and when he said he hadn't, we asked him if he wanted to. He said, "Yes," and we led him through a simple prayer as he committed his life to Christ for the first time!
After we prayed, his countenance was different. Where there was once a hint of sadness, there was now a glimmer of hope. A blank stare was replaced with a light that now shines in his eyes.
Then I heard God say to me, "See? I will use anyone, if they will only obey me. I can change hearts, just obey me."
I'm so thankful God used me, even when I wasn't sure I waned to be there. He spoke, we obeyed, and now we have a new brother in Christ!
- Kadesh, age 12
Epic Quest MA Outreach to the Dominican Republic