A Time to Celebrate Love

By Zac and Julie Stutler, serving in the Dominican Republic

Happy belated Valentine’s Day! This is a fun time to celebrate love and friendship. How wonderful it is to remember that the greatest expression of love of all time wasn’t on Valentine’s Day but on Calvary when God showed His great love for the world in giving Jesus to pay the price for our sins. 

It is that amazing message that we want to share with those around us here in the Dominican Republic (DR). February is a great time to do so, since in the DR it is considered the month of love and friendship.  

Following are a few special activities that we have been organizing in February to share the love of Jesus here in Punta Cana. Will you please join us in prayer?

Chocolate Lover’s Class

We started the month of February with a special baking class in our home. Eight women attended and enjoyed making and eating brownies and chocolate chip cookies. In addition to her recipes, Julie shared a mediation on how a relationship with Jesus is even better than chocolate—and of course isn’t fattening! The women expressed interest in the weekly Bible study that we have in our home. Please pray that God will use the devotional in the lives of these ladies. Also, pray that they and their husbands will attend the special activities we have planned for couples this month.

Night of Love & Friendship

February 18 we held a get-together in our home for couples to celebrate the month of love and friendship. We are excited about this special activity, which included a special talk titled “How to Speak the Language of Love.” 

Couples’ Movie Night

On February 22, we are going to make lots of popcorn and put out the chairs and video projector for a special movie night, inviting our friends to our home to see the powerful Christian film Fireproof. We used this movie various times in Santo Domingo last year, and it was a great blessing to the couples who saw it. Most of our friends here in Punta Cana have yet to see it. We are excited to see how God is going to use this movie in the lives of couples here. 

In addition, we also are thinking of offering a six-week class on marriage as a follow-up to the movie. Pray that various couples will attend and that God will use it in a special way to strengthen their marriages and to bring them closer to Jesus. Also, pray for God’s specific leading for the follow-up class.

A Special Thank-You

As we celebrate this month of love and friendship, we also remember you all. Your love and friendship are truly gifts from God. We thank the Lord for you and how you express your love for Jesus, for us, and for the Dominican people in such practical ways through your partnership in ministry with us. Thank you for expressing your love through your faithful prayers, encouragement, and your sacrificial giving to the Great Commission Fund or our Work Special/Outfit Funds. 

Your partnership makes it possible for us to share the love of Christ with the people of the Dominican Republic and help them enter into an eternal friendship with Jesus.

May you be blessed in wonderful ways today and always, and may your lives always be filled with the love of Jesus!

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