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Posted by david on August 1, 2014

ROCA BLANCA CLINIC UPDATE

      It's hard to believe that several months have gone by since we updated!  It has been a busy time!  We apologize for not getting these reports to you sooner.  God continues to put many things before us each day, and we are seeking to be obedient and to fulfill the call He has given us to this region of southern Mexico.  It's exciting to try to keep up with all the opportunities before us!  Below are some highlights from the last few months. 

IXTAYUTLA TRIP, FEB. 26 - 28, 2014

      We were able to travel to Ixtayutla in February with a team of 16 including 3 physicians, 4 nurses, 2 clinic assistants, our evangelist and his wife, 2 Mixteco translators, and 3 children.  We knew before going that there could be dangers along the road, but we felt that it was necessary to make a trip to this region, so we prayed for God's protection and set out.  We are very thankful that we made it there and back safely, but there were indeed some dangers from which the Lord spared us.   There were robberies along the road we traveled all three of the days we were there in the mountain, but thank the Lord we did not encounter any of the bandits.  We did see one spot in the road where a log had been placed in a position to block half of the road, so we were able to drive around it, but we suspected that was one of the places the robbers had stopped cars.  Praise the Lord for His protection!  One of the young men in the mission we were visiting did encounter the robbers while trying to go down the mountain on his motorcycle.  He was forced to give them all his money after they had beaten him, and they did not allow him to continue on the road -- he had to turn around and come back to his town.  He was pretty shaken, but seemed to be okay.

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     Another challenge on this trip was a lack of sufficient Mixtec translators.  We are totally dependent on Mixtec translators, and many of our regular translators were unavailable this trip.  However, God supplied through a couple who are new in the faith who came along with their pastor from another town to help out.  Praise God for His faithfulness!

     We saw many patients on this outreach -- there were 171 patients seen in the 3 days, and 50 people prayed with Bro. Jesus to receive Christ!

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Above photo -- Dr. Mary Kay Ness and nurse Jana Harms pictured with a Mixteco lady, Francisca, and her husband, Primo, who were among the first believers in their town.  Shortly after coming to the Lord, they donated property to build a church building and a satellite clinic in their town.  Francisca has been quite ill, and here she is receiving intravenous fluids in her home.  Please pray for Francisca for relief of pain and complete healing.

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Above photo -- nurses Jana Harms and Bertha Guild wash the feet of a Mixteco lady as part of her treatment.

                                                      MARCH OUTREACHES

 On March 10th and 11th, we visited two towns just about 20 minutes up the highway from Cacalote (our local village) and offered medical consults there.   In Manialtepec, we saw 58 patients and 40 of them prayed with our evangelist to receive Christ!  In this town, we have one Christian family living there who have opened up their home to have church services, so Bro. Bartolo from our local congregation will be visiting there each week to hold church services.  In the second town, San Isidro Llano Grande, we only saw 25 patients, and 18 of them prayed to receive Christ.  There, it is very close to Cacalote where our church meets each Sunday morning and we do not have a mission in that town, so we invited those patients to worship with us on Sunday mornings.

            In March, we also had the privilege of hosting a team led by Drs. Ted and Karolyn Cook, along with their sons Chris, Caleb, and Chad, and their daughter Katie, and a team of 5 others from Kansas.  The Cook family are long-time friends and supporters of the base whom many of you know.  The Corban Clinic was dedicated in memory of their son, Corban, in 1995.  For those who are not familiar with the history of the clinic, Corban passed away at only 4 months of age of sudden infant death syndrome in 1994.  Drs. Ted and Karolyn decided to take the opportunity to bring blessing out of this terrible tragedy their family had to go through by providing for the construction of the Corban Clinic on the missions base out of memorial funds for Corban. 

     We were able to minister both on the missions base and in the Mixteco town of Mechoacan with the Cooks' team and had a very successful outreach combining clinics and children's ministry.

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     Above, Dr. Ted Cook is preaching at the local Cacalote church with his son Chris translating for him, and Dr. Karolyn giving consults in Mechoacan and Chris translating.

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Above photos: Women and children in line to get their names on the list for medical care, and Dr. Eder and Chad Cook calling patients from the waiting area.

Below:  Children's ministry -- balloon animals and coloring are always a big hit!

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     On one of the outreaches we did earlier with the Spanish students in the town of El Maguey, there was a testimony I would like to share.  There was an elderly lady who could barely walk whom someone helped to get to the gate of the basketball court where we were giving consults, then one of our team members, Cristina, noticed her and went to help her in.  Cristina sat with the lady for a while visiting with her while she waited for her turn to be checked in and seen by the doctor, then Cristina went on to another area to help.  When the patients finish seeing the doctor, they visit the prayer room where our evangelist shares the Gospel with them and prays for their healing (photo above).  When this lady came out of the prayer room, she spotted Christina across the way and started yelling to her, "Cristina, look -- I can walk!"  She had needed help to walk in, but the Lord touched her and strengthened her legs, and she was able to walk out alone rejoicing after prayer!  Praise God for His healing power!

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     We were blessed recently by the visit of Michelle and Marcos Todd from St. James Methodist Church.  They were here for a week and helped us in various capacities, especially in the clinic. Below, they are pictured with Emily Davis who is also from St. James and has known Michelle and Marcos for a long time -- a fun reunion.

OPTHALMOLOGY CLINIC

    On May 21 - 24, Dr. Eder and two assistants, Saúl and Dillan, from our clinic joined Dr. Terry Elder, Drs. Canché, Pastor Adolfo Mejía, Isaac Mejía, Evelyn Gaddis, and a few other helpers to enter an area new to us located above the Ixtayutla region.  This area is very difficult to reach by vehicle, so some of the team was flown in by the  "Alas de Socorro" (Wings of Help) ministry in Oaxaca City, and part of the team travelled in a suburban pulling a trailer full of supplies and medications over the 11 hours of winding roads they had to cover to arrive.  In spite of the challenges of physically entering this area, the team had a successful outreach.  A number of patients came for both medical and eye care, experiencing the love of Christ in a very tangible way as their needs were met.  God's Word was taught each night by Pastor Adolfo Mejía, and one man expressed a desire to follow Christ as a result of the ministry he received.  This is a very remote area, but Pastor Adolfo is committed to reaching the people of this region, and he will continue to visit there. 

     On May 26 - 30, Dr. Alberto Canché and his wife, Dra. Rossy, both from Huejutla, Hidalgo, came to the clinic and held eye clinics.  He gives eye exams and gives glasses free to those he is able to fit with donated glasses.  This is a tremendous blessing for this area!  We are grateful to them for their service and also to Dr. Terry Elder who flies them down to us to make possible these campaigns.  He saw approximately 150 patients during the 5 days he was here.

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     On May 26th - June 4th, we had the privilege of receiving Pastor Dale Hathorn, his daughter Hannah Hathorn, Robbie Breakfield, Brenton Banko, and Alex Moss to work with us in the clinic,

     I do not have the records right now from that outreach, but I believe that we saw approximately 225 patients, and many of those patients prayed to receive Jesus in their hearts.  There was also a great outreach to the children by the youth on the Mississippi team who were here for the week alongside students from the Spanish School who accompanied us on this trip.  I am also grateful to Emily Davis for her help with translation and to Beth Brown for her help with other details for the team. 
 with children, and preaching services both in the local village and out in the surrounding villages that they visited.  Pastor Dale preached 6 different services during the 10 days he was here, so it was a busy time!  On May 29th, 30th, and 31st, we went with Pastor Dale's team and some of the students and teachers in the Spanish School,  to visit Mancuernas again (a town reported on in our previous blog), and went back to two of the towns previously visited and one new village, El Ciruelo (the plum tree).  Ciruelo has a primarily black population, but Spanish speaking, and was a place where we found some serious medical problems.  The very first patient we were asked to see was laying on a straw mat on the cement court we were using as a clinic that day, and his wife was very desperate for help.  He had received medical care previously, but his symptoms continued (weakness, shortness of breath, cough).  We gave what we had to offer medically and recommended that he be taken to a local facility for follow-up, and the Mexican evangelist with the team went over and prayed for him there.  We are thankful that we can call on Jesus, the great physician, to heal.  We believe that the combination of medicine and prayer is the right approach to every case.   

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WOMEN'S GROUP AT CACALOTE CHURCH IS GROWING!

     Pastora Vera Amado and Socorro Tapia are doing a fantastic job in mobilizing the women of the local church to come together for study and fellowship.  We now have about 30 women meeting every 2 weeks at the Cacalote Church, and new women from the community are being drawn in!  God is moving there.  Below is a picture of a recent meeting inside the local church.

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     Bob and Lola Phillips, here for a few days and helped us in Llano Grande outreach.  So good to see them again 6 years after their last time of service here at the base!

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     Cheryl Swanson, RN, DN, with nurse Eloina Alavez, whom Cheryl and her husband, Jim, have helped support during her nursing studies.  Was great to have them here together recently!

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     Above, Drs. Ted y Karolyn Cook, Dr. Eder, Paulina, and baby Sebastian, Drs. Dave and Mary Kay Ness, Laura, and Bertha Guild are pictured in front of the clinic expansion construction.  

     Below is a current picture (taken today) of the progress on the clinic expansion.  It's looking great!  The goal is to finish the first floor this year and begin the second floor in 2015.  Thanks so much to all who have given to bring us to this point, and we invite you all to consider helping us continue to advance in the coming months!

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     We thank each one of you who have prayed, who have given, and who have come to help us in reaching the people of Oaxaca!  We appreciate the part that each one plays, and recognize that the work here would not be complete without each one of you who are a part of our team.  God bless each of you greatly!  We very much look forward to seeing many of you in August in the U.S.!

In His Love,

Dave and Laura

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