For Such a Time as This

For Such a Time as This

It has been fifteen months since we have been to our house in the Dominican Republic. Over the last year we have moved from Alabama to Mississippi and become grandparents to two beautiful little girls. Getting settled into a new life has not afforded us the opportunity to be here before now. Also, Jason and I believe in God’s perfect timing, and just as He has brought us here at this perfect moment in time, for such a time as this, He has brought us for a specific purpose. As He continues to reveal more and more of His divine plan for us, we are brought to our knees in humble adoration of His great love for mankind, His mercy and grace, and His plan for us all to join together in impacting lives that seem to have no hope. It is through our ministry that God will change lives and people who have no way to help themselves and have not been touched by the mission efforts of others. These people whose lives appear to be so dark that there is no possibility of light entering in, will encounter God like never before.

For Such a Time as This – Projects

plastic water storageIf you have read the information on our website, you know that water storage is one of our projects in the Don Pedro village. The government turns on their water just two days a week. They use every bottle, every possible container to draw up and save water for the remaining 5 days of the week. This water is left uncovered in an unsanitary environment.

It is common for Dominicans to install plastic water storage tanks on the top of their houses so that when the water is on it fills the tank thus providing water to use throughout the week. Both water-born and soil-borne parasite infections can be reduced with access to clean water. We want to install these plastic water storage tanks on their homes so that we can improve their health and living conditions.

For Such a Time as This – Removing Our Plank

Matthew 7:5 says,

“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye..”

While this verse speaks to an entirely different topic, we have received revelation this week regarding our water project. Since our arrival, we had had little to no water flowing through the pipes in our house. We are on day 3 trying to make sense of what the problem could be.

We installed a plastic water tank on our roof a couple of years ago and it has helped us to have consistent water with acceptable pressure….until now. As we have gone through the last 3 days with little to no water, we can clearly sympathize with the people we are trying to help. How ironic that a water issue would be the problem we face. It is no coincidence.

Sometimes we are unable to see our responsibility to help others because we have a plank in our own eye. We say, “It’s not my problem” or “Someone else will help them.” We miss so many opportunities to show the love of Jesus Christ because we are too focused on ourselves and not others. Praise God Jesus was never focused on Himself, but always on the needs of others.

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” – 1 John 3:17

Today, the water needs of this village are even more apparent to us than before. Even though we knew and recognized the need in our minds, we now feel it in our own life and heart. We pray God will use this ministry mightily to enhance the lives of others and spread His love to those who do not know it.

If you would like to give toward this project, please click the donate button. May God bless your generosity and assistance in impacting the world for Him.




Jason and Rexanne

Jason and Rexanne Collins

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