This past weekend, some 40,000 Christians across the Dominican Republic shared their faith during the largest evangelistic outreach in the Caribbean nation’s history. Each night from March 18-20, these Christians took part in My Hope, a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).
“Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is always important, but religious leaders in the Dominican Republic believe now is a particularly opportune time for churches there to reach out beyond their walls,” said Bill Conard, vice president of international ministries at BGEA. “These Christians are taking a bold stand for Jesus Christ, and we know God will honor their efforts.”
Those involved in the outreach hosted neighbors, relatives and friends to watch three compelling nationwide TV programs, which featured testimonies from two of the most famous Dominicans: St. Louis Cardinals star first baseman Albert Pujols and musician Juan Luis Guerra. The programs also featured sermons from Billy and Franklin Graham, dubbed into Spanish.
After watching the program, the hosts shared their own stories of coming to faith and invited those present to make a commitment to Jesus Christ. Follow-up efforts are now being made to help these new believers become involved in a local church body, in order to learn and grow in their faith.
“We have seen tremendous responses with this style of evangelism – we like to call the home meetings ‘mini Crusades’ – and we’re excited to see what God will do through these efforts in the months and years to come,” said Conard. “There is enormous prayer support all across the country.”
Though the main thrust of the project happened this weekend, preparations began last spring as leaders raised funds, shared their vision, invited churches to participate and trained Christians on how to share their faith with others. Christian leaders in the Dominican Republic had seen other My Hope projects successfully implemented in South America, and desired the same for their country.
Since the ministry began in 2002, My Hope has been implemented in 48 countries and has witnessed astounding responses for the Gospel. Upcoming projects will take place in Puerto Rico (April), as well as Malawi and three sensitive countries in Asia later this year.