Scott Michel of Grace Church in Erie, Pennsylvania didn’t realize how leading a team to the Dominican Republic would impact him. His purpose and passion grew more than he knew possible. Enjoy Scott’s words below and let God plant His passion in you.
We spent four hours in the house of the LORD between the two services and I am lost for words at what that experience was like. To watch a people so bold in their worship and the unrestrained joy and exuberance with which they dance, sing, and praise God was powerful. It was infectious and our spirits leapt.
Words to describe Sunday worship: Electric, exalting, Flame of the Spirit, jubilee, adoration, Gloria Dios! Santo, Santo, Santo.
Pastor Derek gave two powerful messages, the second one talking about the need for all Christians to unite and embrace the bold prayer Christ prayed for us in John 17. It spoke to the heart of the pastor here and provided him with a view into the heart of Pastor Derek and the members of Grace church for the people here in the DR and the mission to advance the kingdom of God.
Today was our first day with Perla (the school teacher) and her kids and the VBS program that our team had developed. To watch the sheer joy she had on her face when we arrived affirmed why so many felt called to come on this trip. Pastor Derek, myself, and Pastor Malcolm had a chance to meet with Pastor Silverio for two hours this morning to begin building the relationship for our church partnership and we were blown away by his heart for the LORD, his journey and personal testimony of how his role as a pastor came to be, and the great lengths this man of God has gone to fulfill this calling to ministry. We left humbled, rocked to the core of our beings, and craving more time to get to know this amazing man of God.
We returned to the mission house after getting an opportunity to walk among the community and visit some of the homes of the children that attend Perla’s school. It was awesome to see some of our team get to meet their sponsored child and their families, take some pictures, and also pray for them and the requests they had made.
The evening brought with it our first night as a team to share thoughts and emotions of the trip thus far. To say it was anything less than powerful and emotional would be an understatement. Each of us are experiencing what it feels like to truly walk step by step with God and have our eyes opened to see what He sees, to feel what He feels, and to be His hands and feet.
Leading this team has been an incredibly humbling experience. I truly am unworthy to be in this position, but it becomes more clear that this is something that God has called me to do. It is a story that has been five years in the making, and it is my hope that you get to hear it someday and the passion He is planting in my heart for the people in the DR.