Christians in the Dominican Republic Prepared for ‘My Hope’ Billy Graham TV Evangelism Project
Outreach March 18-20 is Country’s Largest Ever Evangelism Effort
Some 40,000 Christians across the Dominican Republic are trained and ready this week to share their faith as part of the largest evangelistic outreach in the Caribbean nation’s history.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 18-20, these Christians will implement the latest project of My Hope, carried out in partnership with the Charlotte, N.C.-based 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 will host neighbors, relatives and friends to watch three compelling nationwide TV programs, which feature testimonies from two of the most famous Dominicans: St. Louis Cardinals star first baseman Albert Pujols and musician Juan Luis Guerra. The programs also feature sermons from Billy and Franklin Graham, dubbed into Spanish.
After watching the program, the hosts will share their own story of coming to faith and invite those present to make a commitment to Jesus Christ. Follow-up efforts are made afterward 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 will happen 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 two sensitive countries in Asia later this year.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) proclaims the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world by every effective means available. From its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., BGEA directs a wide range of domestic and international ministries, including: large-scale festivals led by evangelists Franklin Graham and Will Graham; Dare to Be a Daniel, a youth evangelism training project; My Hope World Evangelism Through Television; the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team of crisis-trained chaplains; and many others through print, television, telephone, radio and the Internet.
For more information, please visit www.billygraham.org. Get BGEA news updates on Twitter @ www.Twitter.com/BGEAMediaPR.
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For photos of the Dominican Republic, please e-mail Graham Clark at email@example.com.
-- Bill Conard, Vice President, International Ministries, BGEA
-- Hans Mannegren, Director, My Hope
BGEA has a video team on the ground in the Dominican Republic, and will be capturing footage during the outreach period, March 18-20. Please e-mail Graham Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain b-roll.
To read an advance account from the Dominican Republic at BillyGraham.org, visit http://bit.ly/azaaK1. According to one local pastor, “The My Hope project has arrived at just the right time for us.”