After a full morning of activities, Bible study, and a whole lot of dancing, we were ready to sit down for a good meal, and we were not disappointed. We were given not only full stomachs but entertainment as well! Today we had our first skit, and our staff, together with the Dominican staff, brought the story of a kidnapped princess to life. To say the kids were invested would be an understatement.
We followed our meal with a bit of free time! The river was a go-to destination as the campers got to swim and slide into the water. It’s a lot of fun getting to share these experiences with them!
After the sun set and we’d finished dinner, Pat “Michelangelo” Preston gave a message on Colossians 3:5-17. We followed it with a meaningful game in which campers were given 4 items labeled as medieval treasures and were given three different paths to walk. Depending on the path they chose, they encountered different obstacles and distractions to lead them off of the path. Their goal was to find the endpoint in the path which was a bonfire set up for worship and reflection over the message.
The hope of the game and message was that our campers would see the many things of the world that distract us in our walk with Christ and choose to turn away from those worldly desires and distractions.
By God’s grace, and from what the Dominican leaders told us, we believe around 20 campers gave their lives to Christ and accepted him as Lord and Savior. That’s nearly half of the campers that are here!
Stop for a moment, and let’s praise God for this outpouring of love on these campers. How amazing it is that our Father goes beyond nationalities and language barriers to unite brothers and sisters in Christ.
Thank you for continuing to pray for us. We seriously appreciate it. Tomorrow the campers leave after lunch, and the team will get some much needed rest before a full day of tourism. We’re thankful to see how the Lord has worked and are looking forward to finishing this session with excellence, by His grace and for His glory.
P.S. The Dominican Republic is beautiful and everyone is having a blast!