This is the island of Hispaniola.
In 1492, Columbus landed here and named it La Isla Espinosa. The name was later Anglicized to Hispaniola. The island is made up of the French-speaking nation of Haiti and the Spanish-speaking nation of the Dominican Republic. For the last two weeks, God has opened the doors for the pastors of Celebration Church to make a huge difference across this entire island.
Early last week, Pastor Robert Storey and his wife Kathy spent several days in Haiti working with the Convoy of Hope Christian Relief Organization, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to the people of Port au Prince. Then, this past week, Pastor Dennis Watson, our lead pastor and Pastor Manley Miller, our Metairie Campus co-pastor, teamed up with the Storeys to train pastors and teach leaders all across the Dominican Republic. Over these past several days, God has not only used them to lead people to Jesus and minister to the hurting but also to train literally thousands of ministers across that island. Every time they teach or preach, they receive more invitations to teach and preach. It could be said that God is literally giving us the island of Hispaniola!
If you’re a part of Celebration, God is using you to reach Hispaniola? You may be thinking, “Me? What did I do? I’ve never even heard of the place.” It’s because of your faithful giving that our pastors can teach, preach, and minister on that island. So, next time you see something about the Dominican Republic or Haiti, you can tell everyone, “Hey! God is using me to make a difference on that island.”