While we wait for the final statistics, here are some more photos of the medical clinic, which were taken by Patty, who was a big help this year.
Part of our medical team set out on a new adventure, doing a clinic in the coastal town of Rocky Point, which is 3 hours south of San Luis. Our team of 17 worked together with the city social services to reach over 1000 people in 3 days. Here are some pictures:
Well, the clinic is over, and we are winding down a little after all the activity. A construction team is coming in Saturday, so it is a short break. I will hopefully have all the statistics from the clinic soon, but in the meantime, here are some pictures of what happened at the clinic this year.
It has been a crazy week so far, and the clinic hasn't even started! We did a full slate of ministry, built a store for a blind person, and prepared for the clinic. The meds finally came through and the team arrived last night and everything is set. I will be heading to Puerto Penasco so I will be off line for 3 days. More reports when we are through. Be praying!
One of the key things that needs to be done is bring all the donated items from the United States to Mexico. It requires the translation of all the list into Spanish, the making and passing of permits, and of course the transport of the items. As always happens every year, we had smooth sailing for a while, but inspectors came and we had to slow down. We will be bringing stuff across last minute. It happens every clinic, and God always comes through, so I don't worry about it too much anymore.
We still have a lot of things to cross, pray we find a way. Patty Armendariz has been a great help with this year after year, we thank her for her efforts.
We are also preparing new songs and dramas for the medical team and the groups the rest of the year. Our Sunday service before the clinic is usually our largest, with 48 Americans and a lot of visitors. The children of Bethel are preparing a special program for the church.
The medical clinic will be starting in 10 days and we are in full preparation mode. This is always a nerve wracking time for me because I have to trust in so many people to come through. Please pray for the following items:
1. That our publicity will reach needy ears and many people will come.
2. That we have a team of dedicated translators to help us out.
3. Pray that local doctors will be able to help so there is not too much burden on our American doctors.
I may not be as regular with my blog reports the next two weeks as it goes down on the priority list. Our preparation team is coming Wednesday, and not only are we doing the clinic, but also a full slate of regular ministry and a construction project. Pray for our strength, health and patience!
My heart was greatly touched by the children of the orphanage. The joy in their faces will be something I will long remember. Also, every time I think I am having a bad day, I will recall the folks at the garbage dump. I have an increased appreciation of the many blessings the Lord has given me. I also greatly enjoyed the fellowship of the men who came with us. Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not mention the staff here. Isabel was a blessing cooking for us. Marcelo worked with us day after day. Ken went out of his way to make sure we were well taken care of. Blake - what can I say? His commitment to the ministry and the joy he finds in the service is incredible! Thank you, I go with much more than I gave. - Dan, Cornerstone Group
After coming to Caring Hearts I wlll not be the same going home. I am so thankful for this chance to serve the Lord and these kids in this way. God is really working his magic in these walls, and I was very blessed to be a part of something great like this. They are really making a difference, thanks a lot, hope to return soon. - Richard, Cornerstone Group.
Long time member of the Oasis Boy's Home, Mario Muñoz, has decided to leave the home. We prayed a blessing over him at the Oasis Bible Study. In his 7 years with us, he has learned many skills and the most important thing of all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please pray for him as he embarks on the adventure of independent life.