S: CMMA MISSION TRIP: DOMINICAN REBUPLIC JUNE 2010
FC: CMMA MISSION TRIP: DOMINICAN REBUPLIC JUNE 2010
1: We first heard about the CMMA through Lindsay, who went on a trip as a PT student. We all wanted to go on a big trip and was even considering going on a cruise. However, we decided on the mission trip instead. And so glad we did! I believe this trip helped our spiritual life and friendship grow deeper. The team consisted of nurses, physicians, therapists, PT students and medical students, and others who just had a willing heart to serve for the Lord.
2: There were eight of us who came on the second week of the trip. We ended up making new friendships with Jennifer and Christopher Gunn. Even Laura's former PT student from Lakeshore, Michal Luke Stanley and his wife, was able to attend the mission trip.
3: Home sweet home for the next week. It was hot and we were only suppose to turn the air conditioner on at certain times during the day. But we did not always follow this rule! | Our first night, we went out for ice cream. We were tired and tried to get some sleep early but my alarm clock was still set to get up at 3:30! Sorry about that roomies!!
4: Sun., June 2010 We attended Sunday morning service in a local church called Juan 3:16. The church band led us in worship, prayer, and bible reading, all in Spanish. Even though we couldn't understand the words, the song of their hearts was clear. | The pastor of the church asked us to participate in their service. Through a translator, Drew was able to give his testimony and Bobby was able to preach .
5: After church, we had some free time and was able to explore the city and go to the beach.
6: Each day we had to unload our truck and set up the stations. We had medical, vision, envangelism, therapy, pharmacy, and triage. The majority of our patients we encountered at the fire station were not Christians. Today's success stories definitely come from our evangelism team, which lead over a dozen people to the Lord. | Day One, Monday, June 7th Fire Station at San Pedro.
9: Laura and I even had a doctor stat while we were at the clinic today. We believe the patient was just dehydrated.
10: . | There was some confusion about the location of this church and even more confusion about the date of our arranged clinic. However, God provided us with grace and unity to deal with the frustrating circumstances. Though the pastor was not prepared for us today, we were able to spread the word of the clinic throughout the village, and we had another busy day. We saw about 70 medical patients, distributed over 40 pairs of eyeglasses, and treated several more in physical therapy.
11: Tues., June 8th La Colina Church
13: We were able to see a kid who had a severe burn when his sister was trying to kill a colony of ants with scalding water. | Robin and Robby were able to clean the wound and I was able to help with a splint. We also educated him and his family on exercises and cleaning techniques.
14: We were scheduled to set up clinic for only the morning. This made us nervous about whether we would be able to see all of the patients who needed to be treated, since many of our other clinics needed the afternoon time to see all of those who needed care. However, God, in his great provision, blessed us with our most efficient morning yet. We saw 58 medical patients, and many more eye-glasses and PT patients. We were able to treat everyone who needed to be seen. | Wed., June 9th small village of Honduras
16: Before leaving for the village this morning, we moved out of our rooms at the SCORE mission to accommodate a new group coming in. Since there is not enough room for all of the teams, we are being put up in a hotel, Embassy Suites, not far from SCORE. These facilities provide many of the amenities we are used to in the US, like hair dryers, working outlets, mirrors, and washcloths! We've agreed that today was the hottest, most humid day we've had here .However, there is something to be said for God's provision in adaptation and endurance. It's amazing to see how our team is now functioning like a well-oiled machine, thriving off of Christ-centered unity.
17: Thursday, June 10th village close to Juan Dolio
18: Friday, June 11th, our last day of clinic. We moved into a hotel because SCORE had other teams coming in. It was nice to have running water and all the luxury we take for granted. I got to work in eyeglasses, Laura worked with the children ministry, and Lindsay worked in therapy and eyeglasses.
23: All of our translators who assisted us. We could not have done it without them!!
24: We made it! After our last day of clinic we decided to just jump straight into the pool to cool off. Also got to have some chocolate! | The PT UAB students who attended the trip.
25: We had a free day and did some sight seeing before heading home. We were able to go shopping at the market. We also visited a cathedral.
26: At the end of this trip, we have many exciting stories to share. We have made deep friendships and learned important things about ourselves and about the world. Most importantly, as we look back, we must say, "To God be the glory." From the smallest details of logistics to the big picture of the growth of His kingdom, God has provided more than we even thought to hope for this trip. We are unable to express how richly God has shown Himself to us during this, so we will leave you with a message from His word. "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all the generations forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21
27: Even though our trip is over, my friendship with these ladies has grown so much. So glad I had the opportunity to serve the Lord with them. I am truly blessed to have them in my life.