March 2015

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March 2015

Posted by david on March 16, 2015

Hello, from Dave and Laura! Our greetings of love and appreciation from way south of the border, Roca Blanca, Oaxaca, Mexico. Busyness is the order of the day, there always being more that we’d like to do than there is time and resources for. So much so that we find it more difficult than it would seem to post a simple blog. With due sincerity we wish that weren’t so. Here’s an attempt at correcting that at this time.

So, what’s been going on within our sphere of influence since we last wrote? Well, too many visits, medical campaigns, interns, students, classes, and outreaches to enumerate in a readable blog! But here’s a general idea…

Visiting pastors to do special ministry and others to do construction projects, course training and practicum for nurses from two different USA universities, visiting physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses, both short term and long term, medical outreaches to many towns and villages in our broad area, besides our own beloved Cacalotepec, health care teaching projects in public schools and health facilities, food and clothes distribution among our area’s poor, growing and disseminating healthful moringa trees, Clinic administration, hosting Mexican evangelism teams, two visits to the US to present our work in missions conferences, one of which exposed our ministry to thousands of participants, visitors to do medical work and agricultural projects, numerous eye campaigns with visiting ophthalmologists seeing hundreds of patients, part of which was for preparing for cataract surgeries in the summer, medical interns, dozens of missionaries studying Spanish, various Bible school courses taught in first and second years, weekly home group evangelistic teaching in our village, leadership and regular ministry in our local church, Clinic expansion construction for the first floor almost all completed, base missionary care, and marriage counseling.

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The more obvious fruit from these labors is shedding abroad the love of Christ in many hearts, health and healing for many, equipping hundreds for missionary and medical missions, as well as our Mexican pastors and future leaders, and many hundreds praying to receive Christ with follow up by our pastors and students.

Here are a few examples gleaned from the blog of Drs. Dave and Mary Kay Ness of Honeoye Falls, NY, (nessblog.wordpress.com). Dave and Mary Kay are an integral part of what we do here, coming for three months of every year to serve. These testimonies are from the work of the Corban Clinic at Roca Blanca, which is one branch of our ministry here.

November 2014

“We cannot contain ourselves!  We just have to share what has happened at Roca Blanca in the past 24 hours or so!”

“Friday night, at midnight, over 200 volunteers assembled to help put the cement on the roof of the new clinic.  They were from Cacalote, various churches, Bible students at the Base, and members of the staff at the Base.  The wooden forms for the roof, all of the rebar reinforcement, and pipes for wiring and plumbing had been laid, and now several inches of cement needed to be poured on it.  Huge quantities of sand and gravel and cement had been brought in, and then it all was mixed by hand, shoveled into buckets, and the buckets carried one by one up a wooden stairway to the roof where it was poured and other workers smoothed it out.  They must have looked as industrious and efficient as a colony of ants working!”

“At 4:30 am, the roof was completed!  At 5 am, they were all served a traditional chicken barbecue dinner prepared by women from the clinic, the base, and Cacalote.  This outpouring of community support and help brought tears to our eyes, as have the contributions that have made this possible.”

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January 2015

“Tuesday through Thursday of last week we traveled to Juquila (@4570’). Our team consisted of nursing students from Oklahoma Baptist University with two faculty members (nine in all), Laura and Clinic staff, plus Bertha, Mary Kay & Dave. Juquila is about two hours (40 miles) away from the Base. It is a Chatino region. The first village, Ixpantepec (@6500’) was about an hour from Juquila, at least half of that time spent along a curving, steep, dirt road running along a ridge, then dropping into a bit of a high valley. Buildings are built into hillsides, the town square is the only level spot, and the corn is often seen on hillsides that must be close to 70 degree slope. They plant and harvest it by hand. It is a poor area and quite cold.”

“Over the 2 and a half days we saw about 200 patients and about 70% prayed to receive Christ into their lives.  Our pastor in Juquila will follow up with them. We gave out about half the clothes we had brought down, and several pairs of eyeglasses. People with cataracts were referred to the Corban Clinic, as optometrists will be screening for surgical candidates who may receive operations a little later in the summer.”

January 2015

“The most powerful way to multiply our efforts here is through education-of patients, of students (nursing and medical) from the US, and of indigenous persons who can provide basic health care assessments in their communities. We were especially pleased this trip to work beside Elvia. She is from Juquila and was in the second class of students to whom we helped teach “community health”, i.e., the basic assessment of problems by taking a history and doing a basic physical exam, including blood pressure, and often blood sugar. Elvia did not have much prior education, but she worked hard and made significant sacrifices to spend 3 days a week on the Base for the course. They also learned to provide basic education, e.g., hygiene, purifying water, diet, wound care, maternal and child care. She returned to Juquila to be available to people there. Health care resources are scarce and are not affordable for many. She is a significant support for young mothers and families. Elvia is able to call on Laura and Dr. Eder at the Base for advice, and we provide her with some basic supplies.”

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“We were also delighted to work with a team of senior nursing students from Oklahoma Baptist University. Their interest and their enthusiasm were energizing to us, and the children in the towns quickly bonded with them. It was clear their horizons were being broadened by the challenges of cross-cultural communication, of providing adequate care with very limited resources, of helping people who live in such poverty and harsh circumstances, of realizing that the spiritual and emotional support offered may be the most significant and enduring contribution. We know, from our own experience, that each one of them will be forever changed by this experience that will affect the way they use their training, their talents, and their resources.”

“In each village there are always at least one or two patients who particularly touch us. Luz, a very sweet, petite 3 year old girl, was here because “her heart has always beat fast since birth”. Even through her clothes I could see her heart beating forcefully, and when we exposed her chest to listen, it was deformed, with the left side of her chest bowing out because her heart was so enlarged. She obviously has severe congenital heart disease and will likely not live beyond age 8 or so if she is not treated. A year ago, a doctor told the mother she needed to take her to Oaxaca City where there is a Pediatric cardiologist. The mother is single with no social support, this is her only child, she is very poor, and is very fearful that her child will die if she has surgery. Our efforts were directed toward allaying her fears without minimizing the gravity of the situation. The students with me were also very touched, and troubled that she could not, and would not, be quickly evaluated and treated, as she would in the US.”

February 2015

“Last Wednesday we came back from an overnight trip to Mancuernas, beyond Pinotepa. Although we slept there in the church on the floor, we actually first worked a half hour up the road in Ciruelo and then Wednesday in Santo Domingo, 15 minutes or so beyond Ciruelo. The needs were great. We saw 93 patients the first day with 41 salvations, and 100 patients the second day with 40 salvations. The second day was in Santo Domingo. Our hostess who registered the patients in Santo Domingo told us she has a list of 200 + more who want to see us when we come back.”

“That return trip is planned for a couple more weeks. The Oral Roberts Nursing students will be doing a teaching in the school, likely about alcohol and drugs. A national beer company has given the town an award for selling the most beer! We have also learned that the town is about 10,000 and has but one doctor in the Centro de salud (government clinic), which is poorly equipped, unable even to sew up a minor laceration. Patients I spoke with needed to go one and a half hours away to find a pharmacy.”

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March 2015

“This past week we have witnessed an incredible surge of good works to restore the physical vision to hundreds of Mexicans who are vision impaired.  On every medical outreach we have seen cataracts and pterygia, visual acuity problems and the sequelae of traumatic injuries.  We have had the joy of finding a pair of donated glasses that helps a person see better, even read, but mostly to sew, cook, or see their children and grandchildren.  Now we (have) dispensed virtually all of the 500 pairs of glasses that they were allowed to bring, and have screened over 400 patients for surgery.  We have roughly 100 patients that will benefit from surgery, mostly cataract extractions, (with) a great span of ages, from the early teens to the late nineties.  They started arriving by small passenger truck about 4:30 AM, and Bertha started registering them a little before 7 AM.  Then there were more to see Thursday morning. Permits are in place to use a local hospital in July when an ophthalmologist can come down from the states and complete this campaign.”

“We were asked to see a sick middle aged woman in who had been blind. There was precious little we could discover to explain medically why she was this way. She had had extraordinary high pressures in her eyes and had been treated with drops. She became enough better to leave with assistance, rather than on a gurney.  When she was seen the next day she was beginning to perceive light (and shapes) through her eyes.” This woman and her father prayed to receive Christ the next morning, so we rejoiced that she was receiving both physical and spiritual sight!

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How grateful we are to be a part of what’s God is doing in this needy area of Oaxaca, Mexico! And so pleased that you’ve taken the interest to read this, many of you also helping financially to advance the knowledge of Christ here.

God’s inimitable blessings to you today!

Dave and Laura

Comments:

Posted by macamen sotomayor on
Me encantó su blog! abrazos y bendiciones
Posted by Harrison Spear on
Thanks for sending this. Makes me tired just reading about all of the activities. Not for an old person. Keep up the good work, and get some rest sometime when you can.
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