Zac and Julie Stutler

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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How did you spend your spring break? Many go to the beach to escape the cold and snow (most of you in the US have had a lot of that this year.) Even if a person doesn’t go to the beach, spring break is generally known for a time of rest, relaxation and fun. Here in the Dominican Republic, Holy Week (the week before Easter) is a nationwide Spring Break. All schools are off for the whole week. In addition to the students, many adults have the week off. Almost all business and companies take off from at least Thursday to Sunday. Many people go to the beach. Others go to the mountains or even travel outside the country. But wherever they go, it is known as a time for rest, relaxation and fun.

This year 42 teens and adults in Punta Cana decided to spend most of their Spring Break in a different way. Instead of spending the week in rest and relaxation, they very enthusiastically dedicated a large portion of their week to be “Tios” in Alianza’s annual Holy Week Children’s Bible Adventure Camp outreach. “Tios” literally means Aunts and Uncles. This is the affectionate and respectful term we use for our children’s ministry volunteers. Some of the adults took time off from work and others rearranged complicated schedules to be a part of the camp. The teens, who were off from school that week, could have easily spent their days sleeping in late and going to the nearby beaches but instead choose to come to Alianza each day to help tell children about the love of Jesus.

Even before the start of this outreach, these volunteers were hard at work preparing for the Bible Adventure Camp. The theme was “Rescued by Jesus.” Through the hard work of many very creative people, Alianza’s ministry center was turned into a “deserted tropical island,” where for three activity filled afternoons, seventy-two children, many of whom are unchurched, learned about Jesus and His great love that rescues them. Each day the children enjoyed very creative interactive Bible stories, puppets, science experiments, crafts, music, games and snacks.

The volunteers worked very hard and with such great enthusiasm and creativity. Many sacrificed to be there. Working with seventy-two very active children ranging in age from 3 to 12, had its challenges at times, but they all did it with such joy and love. There was a great spirit of unity among the volunteers. Some of the teens commented after the camp was over, that they didn’t want it to end. One of the adult leaders who is a new believer told his wife that it was a life changing experience for him to be able to help teach these children about his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This was just one of many enthusiastic volunteers.

As leaders in the Bible Camp ministry, we were blessed to see how God worked. The Holy Week Bible Adventure Camp was started in our first year of the church to reach children and their families with the love of Christ. We thank God for how He is working in the lives of the children who attended. But God also used it in amazing ways in the lives of the teens and adults that served as volunteers. They volunteered with the idea of ministering to the children and they did that in wonderful ways, but their lives have also been impacted and will never be the same. Various volunteers said that they received much more than they gave. (In our opinion, they gave a lot!) They may not have spent the week relaxing but they did have lots of fun and more importantly their lives and the lives of children were impacted for eternity. It was a Spring Break very well invested.

Thank you for investing in the ministry in Punta Cana through your prayers and giving. God is at work in so many ways here and you are very much a part of the ministry here. You spend your Spring Break with us through your faithful prayers and sacrificial giving to the Great Commission Fund and our Work Special.. We really thank God for you.

check out our website to see a video made by one of the teen volunteers and you will get a feel for the joy at the camp.

www.zacandjuliestutler.wordpress.com

God bless you!

Joyfully Living the call together
Zac and Julie Stutler

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Prayer Requests

Prayer Request for Zac and Julie Stutler
Ministry
• Pray that we would always walk closely with Jesus and that God would make our agenda each moment. Pray that God would be glorified in our lives and shine through us every day.
• Pray for AMA - Alianza Matrimonios Asombrosos (Alliance Awesome Marriages) - our new couples ministry. Pray that God would lead and direct in this important ministry and that families would be impacted for Christ.
• Pray for the different counseling opportunities that the Lord is giving us lately. Pray that the Lord would give us wisdom and use us in the lives of the people involved.
• Pray for our ministry of Marriage Coaching using Prepare and Enrich. Pray that God would use this ministry to help many couples have stronger marriages. Pray also that we would be able to expand this ministry to couples outside the church also.
• Pray for the AliTeens leaders that God would continue to lead and direct them and that many teens would come to know and follow Jesus. Julie is in a role as mentor to the two youth leaders. Pray that God would use her to train these two very talented young adults and help them to make disciples of the teens in Punta Cana.
• Pray for the Alianza Kids ministry that God would continue to use this ministry to reach many children and impact their families
• Pray for the need for more space for Sunday morning services.
o Pray that God will give wisdom to the committee that will be investigating possibilities for expansion and the church´s own building. Pray for Zac as he leads this committee.
o Pray for God’s financial provision for expansion of our church facilities.
o Pray for creative ideas of how to solve the space problem that we presently have since any construction will take time.
• Pray for the Theological Education by Extension program. Pray that God would continue to work in great ways through those leading the classes and those studying in TEE. Pray that God would use this program to develop leaders in Alianza.
• Pray for the small groups.
o That these would be outreaches into their communities.
o That God would raise up local leaders for these groups.
o That these groups would multiply and that there would be many new groups in the future.

• Pray that we can continue to reach out to our friends and neighbors.
• Pray for various members of Alianza who are having serious health issues. Pray for God’s healing touch.
Family
• Pray that God would bless and care for our children and grandchildren in the US. Pray also that we would be able to continue developing strong relationships with the grandkids (Lincoln and Reagan) via Skype.

Dominican Republic

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Updated: April 26, 2018

Children's Names
Luke
Ana
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Dominican Republic
Address
Apartado 2683
Santo Domingo,
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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