Blessings in Dominica
We'd like to share some testimonies from the International Missionary Operating Committee (IMOC) so that you know what God is doing and has done for the brothers and sisters around the world. Today's experiences are from the island nation of Dominica in the Caribbean.
In 2003, two men were introduced to the church in Dominica. Both of these men had suffered for much of their adult lives with alcoholism. One of the men had been a school teacher and lost his job due to the addiction. The other had operated a craft shop but lost it when he used all of the proceeds to purchase alcohol.
After being baptized in the church, their lives were changed completely. The craft shop owner went right to work the next day, making crafts and eventually reopened his craft shop. The other man went into construction and is now in demand as a worker on construction projects. A few years later, both men were ordained Teachers in the church.
A friend of the church told us that many people in the Carib Territory knew these men as drunks and seeing how their lives were changed was a marvelous testimony of the power of God in The Church of Jesus Christ.
In 2004, as we struggled to get the church started in Dominica, one obvious need we had was for a local minister. During one trip that year, two missionaries were visiting a craft shop attached to a conference center in the Carib Territory. As they were conversing about God's promises to Israel, a young man sitting in front of his house next to the conference center joined in with their conversation. He said he believed that the Carib people had a special purpose and could well be part of the House of Israel, which is our belief as well.
On the next trip, one of the Sunday meetings was held in the same conference center and the man (who was the assistant pastor of another church) attended our meeting. We conversed with him about the Book of Mormon and gave him one to read for himself. When we next saw him, he said that God had confirmed to him that the book was a true record. He said he held the book to his chest and said to the Lord, "I accept this book as the record of my people." Within the next year, he was baptized and ordained as an elder of The Church of Jesus Christ in Dominica. He continues to lead our congregation there to this day.
Pray for Dominica
The brothers and sisters in Dominica are currently constructing their very first church building. Please keep them in prayer through this endeavor. See pictures of their hard work below.