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“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matt. 25:35

Saturday, February 15

Dominican Republic

While reserving a classroom at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, I ran into Socorro, an economics professor, who appeared glad to see me. Smiling, she told me that God had put me in her path. She grabbed me by the hand and took me to the second floor, where a group of about 90 students had gathered. She told me that God wanted me to talk to them.

I explained that this wasn’t on the schedule and that, besides, I’d left my Bible in the office. “God wants you to talk to them. Some of them are grad students,” she added. I looked back at the group again; so many people in a small space.

We would never have imagined how the students would respond that evening as I talked about the love of God (1 John 4:8), being transformed in the image of God through the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18), how faith in God gives us hope for the future, and how God helps us to reach our goals by removing obstacles from our path, just as he did with Israel. While I was talking, the professor whispered to me, “Look!” Several students were crying, including young men. The Holy Spirit was even then healing wounds and restoring lives.

Later, the professor called to tell me that several students had thanked her for what they had received that night, including students who had failed the class.

—Odalis M. Rosario R., campus minister, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Dominican Evangelical Church: Jenny Bent, community health program consultant


Dominican Evangelical Church: Rev. Juan de Dios Caraballo, president, Rev. Miguel Angel Cancu Drullard, executive secretary and coordinator, volunteers in mission

Presbytery Partnership

Presbytery of Shenango, with the Dominican Evangelical Church

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Toni Carver-Smith, PMA
Suzanne Case, PMA
Debbie Cassady, PILP
Rev. Molly Casteel, OGA

Let us pray

Loving God, help us to always be willing to talk about your Word and to understand that every believer must respond to the Great Commission and be ready to preach at any time. We thank you for preparing hearts to hear. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 104; 149
First Reading Genesis 29:1-20
Second Reading Romans 14:1-23
Gospel Reading John 8:47-59
Evening Psalms 138; 98

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