What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? …It is God who justifies… Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
|A view of what our patient population has become
Photo credit: Don, on Darcy’s cam 😛
- Marc saw a women who excitedly proclaimed God had come to her in a dream after 7 days of fervent prayer and said to her that she would be healed of her years of suffering from cystic lesions on her skin that very day. And God led her to our clinic. When Marc performed the procedure for her, she kept exclaiming how God had answered her prayers. It caught Marc a bit off guard, but it just goes to show how God uses us, even when we least expect it, to carry out his will!
- One of Keith’s patients came in with an ulcer on his hand. When asked if he knew Christ, he said ’yes’, hesistantly. Further questioning revealed that his mom was sick; went to a witch doctor who ‘treated’ her, and she died 4 months later. Because of that, he wanted to believe in Christ, but didn’t think he was ready for it completely. After they went through the Evangecube though, he wanted to accept Christ right then and there. As Keith shared, God let this guy turn a small wound into a large one in order to bring him to clinic in order to receive Christ. Reminder: we cheat God a lot by NOT sharing with our patients.
- Cody’s story: He got a chance to talk to one of our Dominican team members today. Slowly, he learned her mother died early of breast cancer; she was raised by her father until 13, when he raped her, multiple times, until she coudn’t handle it and ran away. She had nobody to love her; nobody to take care of her. She also has breast cancer and just went through chemo. Yet despite all that, she was here in Haiti to share the gospel. Wow. It’s a reminder that every time you spread the gospel, the gospel message is not limited only for these people; it has the opportunity to be shared with their children, with their children’s children, and on and on. Forever.
To top it off, Matt shared a devotional with us today on the story of how Jesus feeds the 5000. It was eerily cool how closely it tied into the feelings of our crew tonight. In the classic story, Jesus takes 5 loaves of bread and some fish from a small child and uses it to feed the 5000. The disciples doubted; they were skeptical at the meager offering and exclaimed not even months and months of wages could feed that many people. Yet as they distributed the bread, God multiplied it, and at the end they even had leftovers. In the same way, our role is like the small child. We are also merely humans on this earth who can only contribute a meager offering in comparison to the overwhelming need that is present. However, as long as we obey, God can use our tiny contribution for His glory.
- For one of Dave’s patients today who came in looking really sick, with ascites, pitting edema, rectal prolapse and anemia and who he sent to the hospital. That she will get the care she needs and be nursed to health.
- For the people who prayed to receive Christ today—that they will thirst to learn more about him and get involved in a church/supportive community of believers in Haiti
- For our patients today, that they will be healed of their sickness; that the medications we gave them will run their course
- For Bill and Steve, who are still at the other site and will join us again tomorrow afternoon
- For the church service at New Life tomorrow, as we get the priviledge to worship with the congregation there!
- For our team members, that we will remain healthy (the one who fell sick today is much better after a day of rest!) and continue to be moved by the Spirit to carry out God’s will here!