Zac and Julie Stutler

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Many people travel over the holidays. Last week, over 300 people here in Punta Cana only had to travel as far as the community plaza to experience a special “Trip to Bethlehem.” On Saturday, December 8, as a special part of the annual PUNTACANA Village Christmas Bazar, a part of the plaza in Punta Cana was transformed into an amazing Biblical town of Bethlehem complete with Biblical characters like Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, the inn keeper and her daughter, a wise man and even a talking donkey and a talking camel (both played by teenage puppeteers).

For over three months an incredible group of volunteers from Alianza and people from the community, worked hard preparing for this event. It was an activity for the community by the community. By Saturday morning the “town of Bethlehem” was ready and it was amazing. We prepared, prayed and committed everything to the Lord not having any idea of how many people would come. You accompanied us in prayer, and God answered in amazing ways.

Even before it was scheduled to start, people coming to the Bazar began asking us about the “Trip to Bethlehem” and how they could be a part of it. It started with a parade through the plaza singing Christmas carols and inviting people to join us on our way to Bethlehem. The excitement and joy, as we walked through the plaza filled with people, was electric. People followed us and started lining up to enter the “Trip to Bethlehem.” After they checked in and received a “passport,” they began their journey. At each stop along the way, the children received biblical coloring and activity pages and at the end of the trip they received special surprises with Bible messages. The adults too received special souvenirs with Bible verses and a Biblical countdown to Christmas calendar.

It was amazing to see the joy and excitement on the peoples faces as they went through the different stops. The children smiled and laughed with Benjamin Burro (Donkey) and Cami the Camel. It was precious to see the wonder and awe in the eyes of children and adults alike as they heard the story of the shepherds and visited the manager for themselves. So many people commented at the end of how impacted they were as they heard and experienced in a special way the amazing story of Jesus’ coming to earth.

Thank you so very much for accompanying us on the “Trip to Bethlehem.” Because you prayed, on that wonderful sunny Saturday afternoon during the PUNTACANA community Christmas Bazar, over 300 people of all ages, heard the amazing message of how God sent His Son Jesus to be born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago to become the Savior of the world.

Thank you for praying for strength and health for all involved. Julie fell and injured her shoulder right before the Bazar, but God gave strength and she was able to work the entire Bazar without any problems. God really helped our actors and volunteers too. We had 15 groups that went through the journey. That meant that the actors did each scene 15 times! That is not easy in the Punta Cana sun wearing Biblical attire. But they did it all with such joy and enthusiasm. God answered your prayers in amazing ways.

Thank you so much for making the “Trip to Bethlehem” with us again this year. Your faithful prayers and sacrificial giving to the Great Commission Fund and our Work Special Funds make it possible for us to be here and be a part of such exciting events like this. We thank God for you!
We pray that you will experience amazing blessings this Christmas. May we each have a new and fresh encounter with our precious Savior who was born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago. May His great love be poured out in all our hearts and may we share the good news of salvation with all those around us in this wonderful time of year.

Joyfully Living the call together!
Zac and Julie Stutler
International Workers with The Alliance serving in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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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: December 15, 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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