According to the United Nations, the murder rate in the Dominican Republic has doubled over the last 20 years to 25 murders per 100,000 residents. This led Evangelical churches throughout the capital, Santo Domingo, partnered with local authorities, to devise a plan to exchange gang members’ weapons for Bibles in an attempt to reduce the crime rate.
During the month-long initiative that prompted church leaders to go into the city’s most violent neighbourhoods, over 1,300 guns, knives and machetes were recovered while they took the opportunity to evangelise the gangsters and other criminals. “We congratulate all the young people, and everyone who turned in their weapons, that was an act of goodwill,” said Braulio Porte, a Santo Domingo pastor. “When they say they won’t continue with that knife, and prefer a Bible instead, that is transformation and a blessing for our country.”
During the weapon exchange initiative, church member Cristiana Estrella said the crime prevention plan was going to become a nationwide effort and noted that while they visited neighbourhoods,
many confessed that they were plotting violent crimes with the same weapons they gave up.
Source: Christian Post; Acontecer Cristiano
BIBLE STUDY: 2 Corinthians 5:17
PRAISE: God for the transforming power of Christian action. Pray that the Gospel will touch the nation.