A message from Sherry
This year we were blessed to have 34 doctors, nurses, an optician and support people providing care to the people of the communities of San Luis, El Golfo, and Luis B. Sanchez as part of the medical mission team from Caring Hearts Ministries. Our awesome God was at work throughout the entire trip as we sought to provide medical, spiritual and emotional care to the people He brought to our clinics.
Due to new governmental regulations, we were limited in the number and type of supplies we were able to bring across the border. God in his providence, allowed us to receive what we needed. Not all of what we wanted, but what we needed. We purchased all of the medications we needed at local pharmacies and truly bolstered the economies of San Luis and El Golfo with our presence.
We diagnosed and treated many new cases of diabetes, hypertension, pharyngitis, ear infections, back pain, knee and leg pain, STDs, and multiple other conditions in addition to treating many nonhealing wounds. Our doctors identified 3 children with significant heart issues and the ball is now rolling to get them treated. Our clinics included teaching videos on hypertension, diabetes, obesity, healthy diets, personal hygiene, dental hygiene and multiple other health topics that ran while our patients waited to be seen. Handouts were available on all of these and other health topics to reinforce the teaching we did about their disease processes and how to control them. All of these were well received by our patients and many commented that they had never had any medical professional spend the time with them in assessment and teaching that they received from us. They also repeatedly mentioned how compassionate the team was in all aspects. Mike, our optician, saw more patients than anyone and the people of these towns are now delighting in their new glasses and clearer vision. Our ministry team prayed with everyone seen in the clinic and handed out Bibles to those who did not have one. After clinic hours, teams went out to see shut in patients with Inez and provided wound care, teaching and encouragement to those people and plans are being made to continue with their care.
We could go on and on with stories of the trip, but suffice it to say that God was at work in a might way using us to bless his people. It was wonderful to see boys that grew up in Oasis stepping up to the plate to minister to others as they have transitioned into adulthood. Witnessing the love, praise and joy at the worship service led by Pastor Francisco, ministering to our translators and seeing young men and women considering careers in service to the Lord made our hearts overflow with joy. What a privilege to minister to these most needy people through medicine, but mostly through sharing the gospel and the love of our Lord Jesus.