Today was a day of further exploration of the Jenkins’ ministry here in the Dominican Republic. I began the day by visiting the sites where the water was brought to the village and the village where the homes for the Haitian refugees were built. It was great to be able to see the smiles on the faces of the people in these villages!
The missions’ strategy of the Jenkins in the Dominican Republic is community development and restoration. This strategy is employed by helping people and their communities not by merely giving handouts but through empowering them to grow through partnership in projects. The communities, in which they minister, are those communities who are willing to invest in what has been given to them. The goal is that the people would take an active interest in their own community through the projects that are being done.
This afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit one of the rougher areas of town. This is called “Aguas Negras,” which means black water. This is an area of town right on the shore of the ocean where drugs and prostitution are common. The name comes from the fact that the water running into the ocean is black due to sewage. This was an area where the Jenkins worked earlier in their ministry. This was a place where there was obvious love from the people who were living in a place that no one would desire to live.
The longer that I am in the Dominican Republic, the more God is teaching me that joy is found not in money, fame, possessions, and popularity, but it is found in Him alone. God moves through broken people in broken places to put them back together to display His glory! I am blessed and encouraged today that God would choose to work through a broken person like me.