WRD’s Kailah to Speak in the Dominican Republic Next Week!
Sooo… In less than one week, we’re scheduled to perform and share the love of Jesus in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – we’ve been praying and preparing for this festival for months, and can’t wait to watch God move powerfully in this small island nation.
Sent by On The Go Ministries, we’ll be partnering with the Reid Saunders Evangelistic Organization to participate in several large city-wide festivals in Santiago, and we’re excited to announce that our very own KAILAH BLICKENS will be the primary speaker for our festival in the city of LA VEGA.
Kailah has been training and working hard for nearly two years as a communicator – she’s shared in front of thousands on several continents already, but this is a huge opportunity for Kailah and WRD. Please consider praying that God would use Kailah in amazing ways next week, and please CLICK HERE if you’d like to help us reach the Dominican Republic and beyond. Thank you so much and God bless you, friends!
And now, here’s a quick recap from one of our previous adventures in the southern climes:
“Zach! You’re supposed to be out there right now!”
I jerked my head up violently from the chipped concrete floor and got a face-full of hot, damp air from a nearby oscillating fan.
“Shoot,” I shook my head again to clear it as I dragged myself to a standing position. The temperature in Chicago when I had left a few days ago had been well below freezing, but here in Puntarenas, Costa Rica it was nearly one hundred degrees hotter and monstrously humid.
I like to think of myself as a pretty strong guy, but the climate-shock during the first day of our open-air festival had sapped nearly all of my strength, and I had retreated to a nearby church in between speaking sessions and laid down on the rough floor in order to try to recover.
It hadn’t really worked, and now I was late to speak.
“C’mon!” the messenger turned towards the door and waved at me to follow. I staggered and followed, wiping at my clothes with both hands in a vain attempt to un-rumple them.
We swung open the barred door of the church and stepped into the blast-furnace heat of the day, jog-walking over a few hundred grassy yards of festival ground and under a small line of trees before emerging onto the scarred concrete surface of the neighborhood skate park.
A few dozen local young people with beat-up skateboards and rusted BMX bikes were gathered in a lopsided semi-circle around one of the wooden skate-ramps that our team had set up earlier in the day.
“There he is! Where have you been, man?!?”
The group turned to look at me – the leaders with expectancy and the teenage skaters with a kind of semi-bored apprehension. It was time to go to work.
Ninety seconds ago I had been lying down in the dampness of my own sweat, struggling for breath, exhausted.
And now I was going to have to fight for the attention of a group of young people in this sweltering graffiti-covered skate-park.
I took a deep breath – if I was going to do this, I was going to give it everything I had.
And suddenly, in an instant, I felt strong again.
It was almost as if I could feel God’s strength fill me.
And that was good, because I needed it.
“Hey everyone! Thank you guys so much for waiting – I’m so pumped to be here in Costa Rica today!”
As the translator repeated my words in Spanish, I walked quickly to the skate ramp, vaulted up, and perched on the top.
“I want to tell you guys about something crazy that happened to me…”
And I proceeded to share the story of how Jesus had rescued me when I needed it most – how God loves us desperately, how Jesus gave His life to pay the price for our sin, and how we can experience freedom and re-connection to God by receiving the gift of His son Jesus.
And there, in the blazing noonday sun, I invited the crowd to respond.CLICK TO PARTNER WITH US IN OUR MISSION TO SHARE THE LOVE OF JESUS WORLDWIDE
And they did – dozens of young Costa Rican teenagers said “Yes” to Jesus and began the journey of a lifetime.
And this is why we do what we do.
I shook my head as our team members gathered around to pray for the young people who had responded – the drained, nauseous, close-to-heat-stroke weariness that I had been fighting just minutes ago was completely gone.
Once again – subtly, miraculously – God had given me what I needed to finish the job.
Our vision is to reach as many people as possible all over the world with the incredible message of freedom in Jesus, and we have been consistently amazed by God’s provision and grace to accomplish this when we have needed it the most.
Since 2012, by the grace of God, we’ve shared the love of Jesus in 28 nations and have seen tens of thousands of people respond. Since April of 2017, we’ve had the privilege of watching thousands respond to Jesus in twelve nations and territories on five continents – we’ve just finished up a packed few months of events in Israel, the West Bank, France, Belize, Mexico and across the American South and Midwest. We’re scheduled to leave for the Dominican Republic next week, followed by Kenya, Brunei, the Philippines, and Thailand.
THANK YOU for being part of the team – for helping us share the love of Jesus worldwide. Our vision is to follow God’s leading and help reach as many nations and people as we can with the message of Jesus, and your partnership helps us reach the world together. If you’d like to help, click HERE to partner financially and follow us on FACEBOOK for daily prayer updates from the field.
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