Nearly 60 YoungLife leaders from the Dominican Republic crammed into a standing room only classroom over three days to learn more about the person and work of the Holy Spirit from PRMI’s Dunamis team.

The ministry of YoungLife is launching their plan to reach over 540 young people for Christ in the next three years and PRMI’s teaching is helping them fulfill their evangelistic calling in the Dominican Republic.  

This was their annual training camp for leadership development.

Where were we?

We were at Vida Joven’s Pico Escondido camp in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.

Pico Escondido Entrance Sign jarabacoa Dominican Republic

The camp is tucked away up a rutted dirt road on a green mountainside, about 1 hour south of the city of Santiago. Cool refreshing breezes were on order each camp day through it rained occasionally during the camp.

Jarabacoa is a small destination town (pictured on the plain below from the camp). People from the city come out to this valley for their summer vacation homes.

The Valley where Pico Escondido is situated in the Dominican Republic

Year round residents have motorcycles to get around.

Dodging motorcycles and mopeds while navigating narrow windy streets is an art form, as they seemed more numerous than ants in a colony.

We want to learn more!

We were one class in a larger conference that had over 200 participants at the annual training camp for YoungLife leaders.

Some were in our class last year and remember the visit with Sam Hale.

The Dunamis team in 2012 at Pico Escondido, Dominican Republic

The level of interest in our topic is much greater than the year before. You can see eagerness to learn more and feel the excitement and expectation in the air.

In our short time together, we gave a snack-sized version of PRMI’s Ignite 2 material on the Spiritual gifts, specifically focused on

  • How we cooperate with the Holy Spirit in kairos moments.
  • How we experience guidance of the Holy Spirit
  • How manifestational gifts of 1 Corinthians 12 work in ministry moments.

Of course, there is too much material in a short little space.

Part of PRMI’s ethos is practical lab-time as well, where we break into little groups of 3 or 4 and pray one for another and see if we might experience one of these gifts.

It was this experiential element that went much further than a lecture ever could.

Here are some of the comments received

  • “This class opened my eyes to something I didn’t know much about – spiritual gifts.  I want to know more . . . . “
  • “You gotta come learn how the Holy Spirit works with us!”
  • “This class helped me overcome my fear of the spiritual gifts.  You presented them as if they were normal. . . “
  • “You helped me see a better way to use the spiritual gifts.”
  • “I want more classes like this.”
  • “This gave me a chance to discover my spiritual gifts.”
  • “I’m not afraid anymore.”

During one class, team member Susan taught on how we receive guidance from the Lord, dwelling on various ways we experience that guidance.

We had a lab time of personal prayer ministry during class that allowed students to practice receiving guidance from the Lord.

As we debriefed with the class, there were stories of God speaking guidance and some experienced a few of the spiritual gifts.  They got to experience what was being taught.

“I really liked the prayer times in groups of 3. I got to experience a gift.”

Prayer Clinic

One growing feature of our visits with Vida Joven is a prayer clinic.  People seek out the Dunamis team for personal prayer over very deep issues.   We hear stories of trauma, hurt, abuse, brokenness, but also hope and optimism as people seek God’s guidance for their future.

It is also a chance to bring in others who want to learn prayer ministry.  Some of the Vida Joven staff joined us in this.

While I cannot reveal personal issues, the prayer clinic was a powerful healing time for many of the people who came.  We saw some healing, prophesy, inner healing of deeply traumatic wounds, and even a deliverance.

Staff members helping us with translation got to participate in these sessions and learn some of the practical elements of the PRMI ministry style.

The Outpouring:

Young Life Dominican Republic leader casting vision for Double Double and calling into prayer
Young Life Dominican Republic leader casting vision for Double Double and calling into prayer

We believe Sunday was a significant turning point for Vida Joven. At a general assembly of their entire leadership, Rafa, their national director,  shared the vision of reaching 540 kids for Christ in the next 3 years.

Realizing they can’t do alone nor in their own strength, all 200+ leaders spent an extended time in prayer.

It started as a small group time of personal repentance.

Praying for an Outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Vida Joven Dominican Republic

It moved deeply into a spirit filled moment of intercession for souls, crying out for the young people in this nation, and then a shift to a clamor for an outpouring and infilling of the Holy Spirit.

A description is beyond words for the sense of expectation that moved over that group.

You changed my ministry

One student in particular told us her story of how her ministry has changed in the past year.

She has experienced a deeper relationship with Jesus, a stronger sense of empowerment in ministry, and we bear witness to that.

She lead worship during the prayer time and it’s clear that she’s received an empowerment to do that.

She’s gained a greater confidence in particular because of some personal prayer ministry she received the prior year from our visit.

This year’s team was

  • Nancy Henkes
  • Chris Walker
  • Susan Finck

From the event organizer

A student said to me,

I really enjoy the Dunamis classes.

I ask why?

Because the Spirit of God was always there.

How to Contribute

If you want to help us with financial gifts for this mission to any of PRMI Latin American Mission work, designate your gift to Mission Support for Latin America.

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