When Steve and Toby Hopper (GTN colleagues) asked Abby and me to consider joining them in the Dominican Republic as part of a training team, we were excited to say, "Yes!" The truth is, we'd been praying about this for a year, ever since they'd mentioned their work in the DR at our GTN annual training event in February of 2016.
Most people think of resort vacations when they think of the DR. We certainly did and it's a great place to vacation, for sure. Apparently the golf resorts are amazing, not to mention the fishing, diving, beaches and whale watching!
But the DR, according to steve and Toby, is also a place where pastors and leaders are hungry for sound biblical training. We've talked with a couple of other people this week who've been to the DR on mission trips and they've confirmed the hunger and need for training like ours.
While I'm sure we'll enjoy the beautiful surroundings, we're looking forward most to meeting and training about 200 key leaders in four locations over our two week trip. We'll be training in Rio San Juan (10/23-25), Cabrera (10/26-27), Barahona (10/30-11/1), and Azua (11/2-4).
Abby will be teaching the women Family Systems and I'll be teaching the men the Old Testament and Discipleship. We typically teach men and women together in Africa, so this will be a new experience for us. We're excited to have this opportunity!
Would you please pray for us, our team members Steve, Michael, Ann and Sandy, as well as our hosts, Mesa & Mary. Pray that the Holy Spirit will unite us as a team and empower us to teach the Word in a life-changing way! Thanks!