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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Inside the Box Goes International

     Our mission team begins their first full day in the Dominican Republic.  After some delays yesterday due to the storms in the Midwest and East coast  11 members* landed safely in the Dominican around 5:00 p.m.   Our Inside the Box team includes 5 pastors, 3 Midwestern Baptist college students and 3 lay people.*   They begin the outreach today.

     The team will be traveling from Santo Domingo, to San Cristobal and surrounding countryside.  There are several local churches and pastors who are hosting Inside the Box.  Also a special Youth meeting is planned for this evening.  In the days to come our mission team will be training local pastors how to use Inside the Box to lead people to Christ.

       Apx. $1500 was needed to finance each person making the trip.  Many fundraisers helped to meet the expenses for the ministry team. Congregations helped to make this possible through their prayers and donations.  One pastor even ran his first 5k race with pledges of nearly $400 made toward the trip.

The Boxes
    As our ministry has grown over 6000 souls in four states have accepted Jesus in their hearts. Now God has provided the means to go international. Last year the groundwork was laid in the Dominican Republic by Rev. Bob Hollis and Baptist Evangelistic Mission Association (BEMA) to meet with local pastors and establish connections to prepare for this trip. 

     "and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8

     Please pray for our ministry team (and their families), for the local host pastors, those who will be in training and for hearts to be open to receive the Good News.  Pray also that any language barrier will be bridged through the use of the translators and the Holy Spirit.

*For safety reasons we will not disclose individual names while the members are away.