The men and women of Paraiso waiting to be seen
Feb. 10, 2011 I missed the post for the last day of the clinic in Paraiso, so let me sum up. I will begin by saying that neither Debra or I can remember ever working with a team that worked as hard and as efficiently as this team. And through out the day there was always time to pray with the patients and share the love of Christ. In 4 days approximately 800 people came through the doors to be seen.
Friday morning, on the way to Cabarete for a little R & R, we were asked to stop by Colegio Children’s World. This was where the first two days of clinics were held; when we arrived the entire school, teachers and students came out and presented the team with a thank you card with a picture of the Teaching staff. The cards were hand made by the students. This may not seem to be much but it is a testimony to the love that this team shared with everyone. This is the first time in over 9 years we have seen this.
God used these men and women in a special way. May He receive all the praise and glory.
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What a day! The MBC team moved from Playa Laguna to our village- Paraiso. Two stories of the day. First, Optometrist Dr. Jon Mesarch, set a new record for number of patients seen- 150. Tonight as I drove up for our service at church I saw many people wearing their new glasses. What a blessing.
Story #2: Sometimes individuals in a group get the opportunity to see exactly why God brought them. That happened today with Michelle. She works with birthing mothers and has a heart for having a womens clinic. Today, a young woman came to the clinic after giving birth about 12 hours earlier. She was initially told at the public hospital that she was only 4 months pregnant but insisted she was full term and about to give birth. She did and was sent home on public transport. When she arrived at the clinic she was still bleeding. Michelle was able to examine her, resolve her issues and check the baby and minister to the mother. Both are well tonight. Michelle has been a huge blessing to us and we know she was brought here for this young woman and her child. Thank you, Lord.
God truly does increase our strength and give us power to do His will. In only a two day period the team from Memorial Bible Church has seen, treated and ministered to approximately 500 people. What an incredible team. Optometrist Dr. Jon Mesarch has done over 200 exams; Dentists, Drs. Steve Brazeau and Jim Pawlecki with Hygenist Heather Young took care of nearly 80 men, women and children; and the medical team saw every single person. As we left today the question we heard the most was, “When are you coming back?”
We have two days of clinics in Villa Paraiso tomorrow and Thursday. Please pray for the team. Sara and her daughter Mikaela were sick today and several others were not 100%.
“They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” Is.40:31ESV
At our Sunday evening service the medical/dental team from Memorial Bible Church was introduced to the members of Iglesia Paraiso. The team will be holding clinics in Villa Paraiso Wednesday, Feb.2 and Thurs. Feb. 3.
Friday we welcomed a team of dentists, nurses, an optometrist, a nurse practitioner, a dental hygenist and others to work with us for a week. They have come from Washington and Ohio. They already have been a great blessing to us and to the communities of Paraiso and Playa Laguna. Saturday the team hosted a childrens program in Paraiso. The Church was full of laughter, singing, crafts and about 200 kids. Today, Monday, Dentists Dr. Steve Brazeau and Jim Pawlecki and hyenist Heather Young took care of many kids and adults. Dr. Jon Mesarch, of Logan, Ohio, saw over 100 patients. Our translator, Ermis, received an exam and a pair of glasses. He is near-sighted. He was so excited. He told us he could see the grass moving in the wind and saw clearly a plane flying overhead. We had opportunities to pray with families. One young man, Gerson, told me he had not walked with the Lord for over a year and he prayed for forgiveness and a renewed commitment to Christ. God is good. We look forward to see His power again tomorrow as these men and women share God’s love in word and in deed.
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We have been blessed to get to know more and more people in the village. This week we preached on “being a new creation in Christ” because next week we have a 3 day drama presentation as an outreach for the village. Check out this link- we did a short video for our fundraising dinner in Medford last night.
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The Lord is good. We met an amazing servant of God in the village. Her name is Jacquline and she, with only two volunteers, holds kids classes every Saturday. She does this for all the kids in the village. They worship, read the Bible and learn Bible stories. Normally, she has 150-200 kids over a three hour span. Wow!
Thursday July 8th
Nick and I went out this morning to survey the damage from last night’s storm. Wow! Trees down, power lines down, the beach area where we do ministry has lost several rooftops and many branches from the almond trees. In some areas the entire canopy of trees is gone. We had to help clear the road of trees just to get to the beach. Nick went to help with the clean up. We found out that when the clouds are green it means intense storm coming. A friend from Texas said when they see the clouds green they start watching for tornadoes. It had to be close to that. Check out the pictures of the beach. Roberto, a Christian friend, that works at the beach told us that he was trapped inside one of the shacks. All he could do was pray.
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