Trust in the Lord – Dominican Republic
By Mirqueya Guzman – Dominican Republic
MBC has been sending short-term mission trips and supporting Emanuel House in the Dominican Republic for many years. Some of you may have participated on one such trip! It is a blessing to hear more about how the Lord is using Mirqueya and her staff to share the gospel in both word and deed with the children who come to Emanuel House and their families.
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
At the age of 17 Jesus came into my life, he gave me a reason to live and completely changed my life. When I was 19 I was diagnosed with a terrible blood disease much like leukemia, the doctors said that it was incurable but Christ healed me for the glory of His name.
The Lord spoke into my life in many ways, always pushing me to give more time to his work. Thirteen years ago, as a high school teacher, the Lord called me to help the poorest people in my city. The Lord used my parents’ passing to heaven to speak more closely to my heart and to dedicate myself completely to his marvelous work.
I have been through many difficult stages in my life as a missionary, but every day God has come through and glorified himself, by assisting through my family, my co-workers, touching the hearts of committed people to help us, and performing miracles daily. Surrendering completely to the Lord and His work was a difficult process for me because I loved my work but the Lord used many things including sickness to lead me towards his plan for my life.
It has been almost three years that I have been able to work full time serving the Lord at Emanuel House, to God’s glory this has been the most marvelous, happy, and intense time of my entire life because God has blessed my life and the ministry in extraordinary ways! Having started with only 20 children we now work with 149 boys and girls and their families at Emanuel House. All of these children live in extreme poverty and every day we see the Holy Spirit transforming the hearts of the children and their parents through his word, education and the love of god through our staff.
My prayer request for our ministry is the prayer request I challenge you to pray today. Pray that God would strengthen you and fill you anew each day with his grace, that he would allow us to continue to grow and face the challenges ahead of us with his strength.