Island is a young mother who lives with her family in Congrejo, Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. She had recently moved to Congrejo a couple of months ago and still felt alone in her new home. One of Mission of Hope’s translators, Enoch, brings teams to visit Island frequently. On the first visit, a group of interns visited with her and she shared how she lacks community, has no friends, and doesn’t fully feel comfortable to go to her local church.
Island shared that she had a turbulent relationship with her mother because of her mother’s involvement in witchcraft and voodoo. She expressed that her mother had abandoned her because she refused to participate in witchcraft. She was sad that her mother didn’t want to be involved in her life or the lives of her children. Our team prayed over her, spoke truth into her life, and encouraged her to pursue Jesus.
When asked if she had decided to surrender her life to Jesus Island said, “I know who Jesus is, but because of my past and other factors in my life, I don’t call myself a Christian.”
We talked with her about the free gift of salvation, that Jesus offered up His perfect life so that our sins may be paid, so that we can walk in the freedom of God’s grace. We described the gospel in full and asked her if this was something she wanted to accept.
She decided that day to surrender her life to Christ.
We celebrated her decision to follow Jesus with her and prayed over her future walk with Christ.
We left that day rejoicing in God’s pursuit of Island and His great love for her.
A few days later, Enoch brought a new team to Island’s house to encourage her as she is beginning her walk with Christ. Island seemed stressed and discouraged when the team got to her home. They asked her how she has been since she accepted Christ and she shared that she had a horrible dream the night she gave her life to Christ.
Island woke up in great fear and immediately felt led by God to open her Bible to Psalm 91:1-7
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the almighty.
I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.”
Island felt the presence of God in a completely new way, and she felt protected and strong in her Savior. She was confident that the King of kings has her in the palm of His hand and is stronger than anything in this world. Island is seeing the movement of God in her life and is experiencing the life transformation of the gospel.