Do you know what the plan is? We have travel plans. Plans to visit the Haitian church, Pontezuela, the mountain camp, Puerto Plata. We are planning lessons and meals. Why do we make these plans? As we have noted, our diverse group carries with it a diversity of gifts and talents, driven by a common desire to serve the missionaries and the people in the Dominican Republic. Our plans are made in order that we be available – available to exercise these in our chosen ministry.
But our plans are only a part of God’s master plan, our role being defined when Jesus said "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;” (Matthew 28:19-20). Do we understand God’s plan? How our plans mesh with his? His plan isn’t always understood, you know. Look at Acts 1:6. Jesus came to be the path to salvation for all mankind, but the question here is about his plan for restoring Israel’s earthly kingdom. Saul was one who did not understand Jesus and how he was the fulfillment of God’s master plan. He set out on a journey according to his own plan. But along the way, he learned about God’s. And what a difference that made in the outcome!
Think about the commission we have, the charge to go, make disciples, baptize, and teach. Understand that plan and strive to make everything you do in preparation and during the trip conform.
Thank God for his plan of salvation; tell him what that means to you. Ask him to help keep your focus on the master plan in whatever it is we choose or are called unexpectedly to do. And pray this week for the pastors and congregations of the new churches in the Puerto Plata area and for William as he continues his ministry of church building in that part of the Dominican Republic.
Welcome to the 2011 Onalaska Church of Christ Dominican Republic Missions Ministry web log. This site is to keep you informed about our mission, preparations for our trips and communications with the missionaries in the Dominican Republic.
viajar - Servir - madurar
to go - To Serve - to grow
Levante las Velas y Adelante al Horizonte (LLV y AAH)
Hoist the Sails and Onward to the Horizon
Blog updated March 5, 2011
The OCC - DR blog is being updated to provide information about the 2011 trip and the planned visit to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2012
Accounts from our activities on Thursday, February 17 are now posted.
This Welcome section and the Current News section that follow have their permanent homes here at the top of the blog. Starting with this update, posts will follow in order written immediately below the Current News. This means that all posts will be available in this window or through the archive list that can be accessed in the Blog Archive menu at the bottom of the right hand side bar.
What time is it in the DR?
The team for the 2011 visit occurred between February 16 and February 22. Reports are being provided in new posts, one post for each day of the trip. We will soon be making plans for our next visit to the Dominican Republic, tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2012.