By Bill Otten
In 1989, I began partnering with WIM Missionaries Jerry and Miok Morris in the Dominican Republic. They were church planters there for eight years. To assist in their work, they led teams of youth and adults on short-term mission trips to do street campaigns complete with music, dramas, puppets and preaching.
Over the course of 26 years, Jerry and I have teamed up to conduct training seminars and leadership conferences in Mexico, Venezuela, and most recently, the house church networks of China. Our relationship has been a long and fruitful partnership of an evangelist and an apostle.
When I organized a return trip to the Dominican Republic recently, Jerry was thrilled at the prospect of returning to the field of his labors. Twenty years had passed since we last worked together there.
During the trip, Jerry was greatly honored by gifts and awards of appreciation from the churches as a “father in the faith” for all his church planting and discipleship work. Some of his disciples are now pastoring large churches or prospering in business. One of the young people from Jerry’s youth ministry is now pastoring a church of 2,500 with several more churches planted. The believers poured out their gratitude for the work that was accomplished so many years ago. Many testified to us how their lives were changed in those days. During the trip, perhaps as many as 75 prayed to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit.
Today, the small towns are now large cities, the dirt roads where outdoor campaigns were conducted are now paved and the small works are now churches of thousands! The gospel seed has done its work; to God be the glory!
Bill Otten is the founder of Lifeline International, a ministry that has touched over 50 nations providing ministry, equipment, literature, finances and other forms of practical help to churches and ministries around the world.