By Pat Creed
June and I were privileged to assist a group from Faith Baptist Church,
located north of Philadelphia, on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic.
There were sixteen people in our group. The first night we were able to attend
New Life Baptist Church with Brother Jonathan Autrey who is taking care
of the ministry for his father, Ronnie Autrey, while he is in the States on
furlough. The next day we traveled to the town of La Vega which is about
an hour and a half north of the capital to be with Steve and Julia Brockell.
We spent time passing out literature for their Anniversary Service and then
attended the evening service.
For the next few days we were able to spend some time with three
national pastors: Pastor Alexis Remigio, Mount Calvary Baptist Church of
Vietnam, Santo Domingo; Pastor José Manuel Martinez, Mount Calvary
Baptist Church of Los Frailes, Santo Domingo; and Pastor Wellington
Castillo, Resurrection Baptist Church of KM 8, Santo Domingo. This was a
tremendous blessing as we were able to hear these men give their personal
testimonies and share how God called them into the ministry where they are
On Sunday the group attended church with missionaries Josh and Joy
Wesson at Lighthouse Baptist Church of Villa Mella, Santo Domingo,
while June and I traveled back to La Vega to be with the Brockells for their
Anniversary Service. In spite of a rainstorm, God gave us a wonderful crowd
and many personal decisions were made. We then traveled back to the capital
with the group and attended services with missionaries Steve and Nohemy
Sidler in Quita Sueño on Sunday evening. God blessed in a tremendous way
and gave us a wonderful trip.
About two to three times a year I am taking pastors to the Dominican
Republic for the purpose of teaching modular classes in the institutes that
missionaries have started to train men who have been called to preach and
are planning to start churches in the country. This year there will be trips
in March and May with pastors teaching much needed subjects that will be
a help to these national men. There is a great need for materials that can be
used in these teaching sessions and also materials that we can take for these
men to use in their personal study and ministry. If you would be interested
in making a contribution toward the purchase of these materials, please send
your gift to BIMI Account # 873.
Islander – No 1, 2013