The name of our website is the overall “vision” we have – “To See the Glory” of God! How are we going to see His glory? We can set our hearts and minds on Him and do everything we do “to see the glory.” John 11:40 – Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
God is asking us to obey His word. Not be just hearers but doers of the Word (James 1:22) We will obey God and all He asks us to do. This can be a scary commitment but anything less seems ridiculous. If we believe in Jesus and what God says how can we do anything less?
The last year has forced us to really look at our vision and the calling on our lives. Jesus has led me to really think about His command in Matthew 28 and to go back to the roots of His calling for all Christians. So what does Jesus command us to do? He says to “make disciples” (Matt 28:19) which is a very direct passage and when you look at what Jesus did, how he made disciples, we can see the best example to follow.
Our first priority is the “disciples” we have in our care and for us that is our children. Jeremy, our oldest, who went through some very tough struggles in the world is now serving the Lord with the gift of music. He is currently at Applegate Christian Fellowship where he is being trained up by some of the leadership there to be better prepared for the work the Lord is taking him into.
Joshua, our second oldest, is in Mexico at Carmen Serdan. He is working at an orphanage of handicapped children. We don’t have a lot of contact with him since it is only through mail that we can communicate. From what we see through his letters is growth in the Lord and maturity in him. He is a cook, which is something he has always wanted to do and he works with the children there, which he has always been great with.
Heather, Samuel, and Josiah are involved in King’s Kids which is put on by YWAM in Santo Domingo. The first time was a two week program. They came back changed and Jessica and I were blessed by the changes we saw. Now they go one weekend a month. We are excited about what God is doing in their lives.
I guess that leaves me with Silas. Our most unique child as some of you know. He is only seven, but he loves his new children’s Bible. He follows the descriptive study guides and explains to us what they say.
The other area of discipling is those who the Lord puts in our path. I believe I need to be looking for those He wants me to disciple. He has put on my heart the young men who desire to know God and truly search the scriptures for His truth without man’s religious twist. Those who are pure and undefiled in their desire to know their savior. (I see these young men having a fire like Martin Luther who stood up against ignorance and the evil perpetuated by men.) We see that discipling needs to result in more disciplers, those who will also do the same, multiplying the efforts and continuing the work of Christ.
Our desire is to have a room available for discipling over a period of 6 weeks or more when the opportunity arises. Also this room would be available for missionaries on the island needing a rest or those who have to come through the capital and require a place to stay for a night or 2. We see the necessity for many missionaries in the Dominican Republic to take a break. So many of them do so much that it is by God’s grace alone they don’t burn out. Keep these missionaries in your prayers, that they would get rest when needed, that they would be refreshed and that support (not just financially) will be abundant. They need encouragement and your prayers.
We also desire to continue helping other missionaries and missionary groups in practical ways. From helping with construction to computer and website help or whatever God instructs us to do.