Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rio Medical Mission Journey Update: Day 5

25 people requested home visits.
40 people asked to be placed in a Bible study.
45 flouride treatments were given to children.
47 people decided to follow Christ.
92 eyes were checked and glasses were passed out.
178 patients were seen in the by doctors and nurses.
560 prescriptions were dispensed.

Becky Gross, Brentwood Baptist's Community Missions Minister, and her dad, Ken, split our morning and evening devotionals today. They synced messages to talk about thanksgiving and praise from Psalm 103 and Colossians 1.

"May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He's enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins" (Colossians 1:11-14).

Ken talked about how the Father has qualified, rescued, and redeemed us. It's a free gift to us from him. Now, that's something to be thankful for—especially when we're working in the clinic among people who have so little. This is a message of hope for them. It's a message to rejoice about!

Today was long. It was physically grueling. It was emotionally draining. It was hard work. And, right now, we're all ready to fall into bed. But it was so much fun. Our hearts are full with joy and love—and God is blessed.

A special shout-out goes to our interpretors, who are sacrificing so much to be with us every day. We know for sure one lady is commuting two hours each week just to serve. And, after helping us all day, others go on to their jobs, school, and home to take care of their families. They. Are. Rockstars. We couldn't do what we do without them.

Today's feature is the dental team, which includes Beth McDowell and Kara Herblin. This is the first trial run with this sort of medical center within the larger-scale clinic. You need to know how outstanding and passionate these women have been about their position on this team.

Working with minimal instruments, a makeshift dental chair, and humble hearts, they've posted under a shade tree in the corner of the church yard and have rocked and rolled from morning to evening. If they work this hard here, never once complaining, just imagine how hard they must work at home. Click here to check out their daily feature.

Please pray for us tomorrow as we reach the middle of the clinic week. Our bodies are tired, but our spirits and passion are alive and well. As always, thank you for lifting us up this entire trip. Your prayers have sustained us.

Here are some other photos from the day:


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