Glendie C. traveled with us to the Dominican Republic in January. Here, she shares the beauty she witnessed when her team followed God’s lead.
I went to the Dominican Republic at the beginning of January with a group of college students. I had gone on a similar trip the year before where we put on a sports camp for the children in six different communities. This year’s trip had a similar structure, but we were trying something brand new. We found games to play with the kids that also had a gospel message that could be applied to them. We had a list of the games and a spiritual application for each one. We had everything planned out, but God wanted to teach us something about His planning versus ours.
About halfway through the week, we talked about the verses in Matthew 10:19-29:
“But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
Although we had planned spiritual applications, some were difficult, so we decided to let God take the lead. I had worked at a summer camp this past summer, and after each game we would ask the campers questions and use those questions to lead to the gospel. So I told my team, instead of looking at the planned spiritual applications, try asking questions and see where God will lead the conversation.
The next day, we went to a neighborhood park and played a game with all the kids there. Afterward, we sat all the children down and I asked if anyone on my team would be willing to lead the spiritual application. One girl stepped forward and said she would give it a try. I could tell that she was unsure when she started out, but after a couple of questions there was a change in her. I could tell the Lord had given her something to say. The game she was giving the spiritual application for is called “Biggest Fan.” Everyone starts out with a partner and plays rock, paper, scissors. The winner goes and finds a new partner, while the loser becomes the winner’s biggest fan and cheers them on. This girl took that game and was able to share the whole gospel. She told about the life and death and resurrection of Christ and how he saved us all with that one simple game. I have no idea how she did it, but I would say it was most definitely a God thing.
Before that moment, I was worried we were not doing enough in trying to share the gospel with those children; however, God opened my eyes to see that he was there leading us. Through every game and every interaction with the kids, he was there pointing it all back to him. It was absolutely beautiful.