Today, the team set up clinic in a schoolroom outside of Santo Domingo. Amidst the occasional torrential downpour and the crowded hallways and waiting areas, we saw a total of 137 patients over a span of 6 hours! With the largest missions team yet in the smallest room, patient flow and remaining calm in the midst of chaos was the largest challenge—especially for a group of medical, type-A personalities. Thankfully, the Lord is most glorified in our weaknesses, and He definitely blessed the patients and ministered to us as well.
While the day was extremely challenging, God allowed moments of spiritual encouragement to take place. Miguel had an opportunity to pray with a patient in Spanish, and Estenia was able to lead several children and people to sing praises to God outside one of the stations. It was uplifting to hear the worship of Christ in a different language in the background as we moved patients through the clinic. Several other doctors were able to pray for and encourage people and, even over the language barrier, it was sweet to see the Holy Spirit minister to their hearts. We had some translators who ministered with us on previous trips along with several new ones, so it was great getting to know our new team.
We saw everything from worms and parasites to fungal infections to “gripe”—a name given to flu-like symptoms that nearly everyone here falls victim to in the spring and summer months. We also saw a few pregnant women, along with one who got to hear her baby’s heart beat for the first time—what a blessing it was to share in this joy with her!
Please keep us in your prayers as we embark on this journey to share in the healing powers of Jesus Christ. May His will in heaven be done through us, His ambassadors, on earth.