One of the biggest blessings of the trip happened today when a teenage girl and her mom came to the clinic. The young girl had come in because she had an infection, but Naomi, Jessi, Estenia, and Alex realized that she was pregnant. This was not expected or welcomed news and the girl expressed her desire for an abortion. The ladies working with her gave her antibiotics to treat the infection, but, in addition to medication, they were able to spend much time counseling this young mother. They used Doppler to try to find her baby’s heartbeat. At first, the heartbeat could not be found. Then Cheri went around to all of us asking for prayer regarding this situation, and shortly afterwards, the baby’s healthy heartbeat was heard. This was extremely touching to the girl as well as everyone else. Please pray that this girl comes to realize how precious the life within her is to the Lord. NOTE: You can read more about this story on Jessi’s blog (www.onmedicineandothermatters.blogspot.com).
Another big blessing to our team happened via a 15 year old girl that we found in the village yesterday. She is not a Christian, but came to our clinic yesterday and volunteered to help translate since she speaks English. She returned to clinic again today and helped with translations. At one point, she was helping to translate in the evangelism station while her cousin’s friend (13 yo girl) was at the station. While David, Russ, and Bobby were sharing the gospel via the 15 yo translator, she started to explain the gospel to her friend. Though the translator was not yet ready to give her life to the Lord, she was able to accurately explain the gospel to her friend, who then accepted the grace of God for her own life. Please pray for the translator’s readiness to accept the grace that God offers.
Other highlights of the day include Dr. Walker, Johnny, and Sarah making house calls and sharing the gospel. Many people received reading glasses (thanks to Marianne and Nick) and expressed joy that they would be able to read their Bibles again. After a long day of speaking Spanish, Daniel, Kara, and Dr. Salser were encouraged by a patient that shared Bible verses and prayed with them, and for them. Elizabeth, Jessi, and Josh continue to lead us in singing praises every morning and evening. What a blessing it is to be able to fellowship and praise God together!
Please pray for our continued work with the Dominican people. Pray that our hearts be humbled and our ears be opened to the Holy Spirit. Pray that we continue to grow together as a group and seek to glorify God above all with our words and actions as we seek to serve. We appreciate your prayers and support!