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When Life’s hardships strikes
God shows up in a big way
Have you ever known someone who just couldn’t seem to catch a break?
You know, it seems every time they turn a corner another tragedy hits. Life’s hardships strike their health, family and circumstances until they begin to feel hopeless. It’s the type of story that often ends in desperation and bad choices but it’s also the type of story that God CAN redirect. It’s the type of story where God shows up in a BIG way and leaves you speechless with awe. An outcast teenager named Jose Rafael (JR) from the rural region of Bani, Dominican Republic (DR) knows,
because that’s his story. JR is from the streets of Pueblo Nuevo, in Bani. Separated from his parents as a young baby, he was bounced around through several homes until his adolescence when he decided to take refuge in an abandoned building. It was there he stepped fully into a life of crime. In a short time, not only was he addicted to drugs but he ended up with his own store and began selling drugs. JR’s store generated a lot of violence in the neighborhood and he became feared by the neighbors and despised by his family. His business grew and so did the money, but it wasn’t enough. The rejection he had received from his parents and grandparents was a heavy burden for him. Soon, he fell into excessive consumption of all kinds of substances. Violence also became part of his life – JR wasn’t afraid to raise his gun to resolve any dispute.
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In the world of drugs it’s said that being a consumer and a dealer doesn’t mix. The truth of that statement led to JR finding himself bankrupt and forced to work for other drug traffickers. Penniless and despised, JR lost all desire to live. He was unaware that he was drowning in a sin-filled life that would lead to eternal suffering. But members of Iglesia La Senda knew it!
Through the training Pastor Amado received from LoveServes, he equipped his members at Iglesia La Senda (Eph. 4:12) to see JR through God’s eyes – not as a despised outcast, but as a lost, broken man in need of a relationship with Jesus. The members understand they are part of the great commission (Matthew 28:19). God invited them to experience Him by reaching out to JR with mercy and love (Matthew 9:13). As the members began to minister to JR, he began seeking to understand the source of this type of love. And God moved! Transformation happened!
Today JR is married, has a beautiful daughter
and is stable in a good job. His reputation has changed so much that some people have obtained employment because of his recommendation. JR is now a member of Iglesia La Senda. Recently three street youth, including one who had run away from home at the age of seven, were reached for Christ by the youth ministry of Iglesia La Senda. JR is actively involved in this work and is an important part of the mentoring that these young people receive.
From LoveServes to Pastor Amado, from Pastor Amado to his church members, from the members to JR, and from JR to other young people, the torch continues to pass and illuminates the streets of Pueblo Nuevo in a story that will continue to show the glory of God and the joy of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.
As we yearn to experience God, it makes sense to look for where God is already at work. When we join Him there, we have an opportunity to experience Him AND have kingdom-sized impact. JR and members of Iglesia La Senda are building a legacy of kingdom impact.
God is working through LoveServes to develop healthy churches that love God and love people (Luke 10:27), God is already using this model to transform communities from the inside-out! He invites us – you and me – to be part of it!
WE NEED YOU! ‣
We need you and other like-minded believers who want to experience what God is doing in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, the United States and beyond. Our vision for the ministry of LoveServes is His Vision….we are taking His message to all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). Come along! Join us and be part of something larger than life!
To walk alongside Pastors mentoring and coaching them, to develop a healthy Church that equips its members to love God and love their neighbor. Equipping God’s people for works of service for the building up of the kingdom of Christ. Ephesians 4:12