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Mitch and Debbie Martinez

Matthew 10:5-15 5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. 11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 12 And when ye come into an house, salute it. 13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Ok I may be stretching it a bit, of course I am not one of the twelve, for sure not an apostle but what happens when a few ordinaries fly into a country with absolutely no contacts and no hotel reservations. I had the privilege to go on a prayer journey with a large team led by Regina Shank a few years ago. We started in Israel then flying into Ethiopia then back to Israel then driving through the Sinai to Kiro Egypt taking a sleeper train up to Luxor. We had many Arabic Bibles to give away but no contacts. What would we do? Stepped off the train into chaos, found a young man that looked honest and asked Him to take us to a Born-again church. He did and to our amazement we found out that their youth group the night before had asked the question does Matt 10 still apply today? Are there still people who will just enter a city and see what God will do. They had stayed and prayed until 3am and their Youth leader said let us see maybe the Lord will bring us such a person and at 7 am there we were. We were amazed by the way the Lord led. We ministered with the youth as they were doing Bible school for the younger kids. We worshiped and prayed with them then that night off on the sleeper train. I failed to mention that while in the Sinai we had military escort due to terrorist attaches in the area. WOW how I was personally stretched.

In 1990 the Lord had put the Dominican Republic on my heart with a specific message to preach. I had waited 17 years to go, funny how I have been all around the world but no doors opened for the D.R. This spring 2007 I knew it was time, and myself and friend Ronnie Machado went in doing Bible Distribution with no contacts. I really believed the Lord Jesus was going to open doors like He did in Bible times and like we saw in Egypt. He did the most radical things in front of us, I hope to blog about it later. But for now I want to stir up faith that we are still in Bible times the book of Acts has no formal ending so it’s still happening. Most of all Jesus is still the same yesterday, today and forever period. I am such a simple guy, I have no college degree I work 40 hours a week use my vacation for mission trips. Don’t limit what God can do through normal every day Christians, Jesus is still building His Church and the gates of hell will NOT prevail.

By divine appointment we met Mitch and Debbie Martinez and son Joshua missionaries to the Dominican Republic. They received us and opened their Home and Joshua traveled with us as the Lord did great things. Here is their web site http://www.dominicanmissions.com/ they are doing a great work for the Lord

http://www.dominicanmissions.com Mitch and Debbie Martinez

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