THIS POST IS WRITTEN BY SUSY NEWMAN
At our leadership retreat back in January we took time to pray and to ponder what steps God might be calling Project I See You to take in the future. Up until now our focus has been to invest in relationship with the women from a community outside of La Victoria in the Dominican Republic. Our motivation for this comes out of a sense of gratitude for what God has done in our lives and a desire to share that with others. We have recently sensed God leading us to begin working with the women in the D.R. to instill in them a sense of mission and outreach to their neighboring communities and beyond.
As we were discussing this, what came to mind is an image from the geography of the land of Israel. It has to do with the contrast of the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is a body of water that has an inlet via the Jordan River, but no outflow. It's a unique body of water because it's so full of salt and other minerals that there are no fish or other living organisms in it… thus the name the "Dead" Sea.
The Sea of Galilee on the other hand has the Jordan River flowing into it as well as flowing out of it. This causes the water supply in the sea to be constantly replenished. That constant flow means that the Sea of Galilee is a source of "living water." It is not stagnant. It can sustain life and cause it to flourish.
This image helps us to consider in our own lives whether the living water of God's Spirit is not only flowing into us but also pouring out and impacting lives around us for the Kingdom of God. As we build relationship with the people in the Dominican Republic, we want them to understand that this pouring into them is not to be a stagnant process for them, but that as they receive they can pass on to others what they have received.
Plans are being made for our next trip to take some of the women of La Canita to the neighboring communities to reach out to other women in similar ways to what we have done with them. We are excited to report as well that a team that just returned from the D.R. made a short trip to Haiti to begin exploring possibilities there!
As the local part of the vision for outreach is already beginning to be realized, we have also been reminded of a sense of being called to reach out to women "behind the veil." There are a couple of connections in our network where people are already reaching out to women behind the veil. We have begun to dialogue with these people and are continuing to prayerfully consider what that might mean for Project I See You to partner with them in the future!
John 4:13 "Jesus answered, 'Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."