Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Of Brigades and Babies

So last week we had our first (annual?) medical and dental “brigade,” and I think that by all accounts it was a success… almost 300 served!  (Sounds like McDonalds:)) 

Many un-churched people heard the message of God’s love to them, received a good gospel tract, watched the Jesus Film or other evangelistic videos, and were personally prayed for and ministered to. 

Many asked for follow-up home visits from a pastor or Christian worker.  (That’s what we’re working on trying to organize this week). 
Nurse taking vital signs in our "pharmacy"

Many Christians from nearby churches were helped physically also, including kids from several missionary families. It reminded me of that verse in Galatians chapter six:  

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.   

PTL!  With three full-time dentists, two dental assistants, and three other dentists who generously shared as many hours as they could spare, it amounted to lots of dental cleanings, fillings, extractions, and check-ups!  

We were also able to provide lots of general medical appointments, some pediatric, some endocrinologist, and a few gynecological appointments. 

After being seen by our wonderful docs and nurses, people needing prescriptions filled could go to our mini-pharmacy where they were dispensed free medicine supplied for the purpose by a church in Puebla. 

The visiting dental and medical team from Puebla (a neighbouring state) did a fantastic job and was so well-organized that they made up for all our inexperience. All in all, many needy people were helped physically and spiritually. Thanks to everyone for all your prayers... to God be the glory!  
Then on Saturday afternoon, the last day of the brigade, a young mama arrived in labour, so our staff did a bit of scrambling to convert one of our rooms that had been used as a double medical consultation room back to a labour and delivery room.  
Welcome, Baby Anderson!

In spite of being exhausted after all their work putting on the brigade, our team mustered up strength from God. In the wee hours of the next morning they helped a beautiful baby boy named Anderson(!) make his way into the world.  
Kudos to Jenny Norris for her excellent management of that birth, and also to our friend, Dr. Candido, who arrived as a support and official medical signer at just the right moment!   

 Praise God from whom all blessings flow—including the blessing of physical strength in weariness! 

Monday, September 03, 2012

Looking for Prayer Sponsors...(again)!

Ok, folks, if you will remember, an integral aspect of the ministry of Casa Compasiva is PRAYER!! We believe in the power of prayer, depend on it, and trust in the God who hears it.   

Without prayer, our ministry is ineffective, our relationships are subject to being sabotaged, and our pregnant mamas are vulnerable.   Without prayer, we may as well pack up and go home!  It’s that important!

Some of you already consider yourself part of the Casa Compasiva prayer team. You are lifting up our needs to God’s throne on a regular—daily or weekly—basis.  Thank you for your faithfulness!

Others of you are serving as warriors on the emergency prayer team.  You’re the ones who get the calls in the middle of the night on behalf of a woman struggling in labour, or a baby not doing well.  Thanks for being willing to go to war at all hours!

And still others of you have been prayer-sponsoring a particular mama throughout her pregnancy, birth, and for six weeks postpartum.  We so appreciate your dedication to our individual mamas…thank you!

However, we have a confession to make:  our organization of the sponsor-a-pregnant-mama-prayer-program has not always been what it should.  Not anybody’s fault—just the reality of so much to do in so little time.   Unfortunately, as a result, some of you have been disappointed in your experience of sponsoring a mama, since you maybe did not receive timely informational updates, etc.  We are so sorry…please forgive us! 

And having forgiven us, would you be willing to try again?  Or, if you are new to the idea, would you begin to sponsor a pregnant mama in prayer for the first time?  Because we still really believe in the value of this program and the power of strategic prayer!  And we currently have nineteen (19!!) pregnant ladies (and their babies) who are not yet being covered by name in prayer.

If you would be willing to serve with us in this way, please write to us ASAP.  These mamas and their little ones cannot wait!  If you indicated your interest at one of the meetings that I spoke at during the summer, please verify that by signing up again.  Simply click here to send us an email.   

 Please continue to be patient with us as we struggle to put a workable system of timely communication in place for this program.  

To those of you praying on one of the other teams, thank you again! And keep up the good work!