Dominican Republic 2010
"He told them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'" Luke 10:2
Team: 11 harvest workers
Ministry: Building classrooms onto a chuch that was washed out in a flood, serving in a medical clinic & training church leaders.
Here are the stories of some of our team members:
Medical Clinic - DR 2010 - Mona MacGregor
The first day of our 2010 DR trip our team walked through the Los Rieles village observing people, mostly women, sitting outside their, very small, makeshift houses. We waved to them and smiled. The children were especially friendly and were anxious to be in our company.
Two days later a medical clinic was set up in the nearly finished, newly built church for the poeple of the Los Rieles community. Doctors, dentists and other medical helpers from our Calvary Lighthouse team worked together to meet the medical needs of the Los Rieles people.
A designated area of the church was where our pharmacy was placed to carefully administer medicines and vitamins as prescribed by the doctors for the needs of each family.
The church was full of families, patiently waiting to be evaluated and treated for their specific need.
It was an exciting experience! Helping lovely people receive treatment that they desparately needed to be well both physically and spiritually.
A few days later I had the privilege to help in another clinic at a La Vega mountain village. The bus ride was very interesting. As we climbed the mountain viewing a panorama of beautifully covered mountains and a variety of green plantations. Our ears popped as we went through the clouds that day.
Going down the opposite side of the mountain we came to the village where we set up our second medical clinic.
The clinic was a very small, plain 4-room school building. Calvary Academy entertained the people who were coming in and going out of the clinic.
Families were glad to see our arrival because of the very great need of medical attention. They stood waiting in one room, some holding children, for a long time before being seen by the professionals. I was working with the pediatrician as she completely examined each child and wrote a prescription on a piece of paper which was handed to the pharmacy room for the dispensing of medicines and vitamins. The pediatrician explained to each family what the medicine was for and how it was to be used.
The dentists cleaned teeth and gave floride treatment to every child. I saw one child who had a tooth pulled. All the children were given a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush. They were delighted to receive these gifts.
I believe that every person that came for help that day was seen and cared for by a perofessional.
It was so gratifying to see the families getting the help they desperately needed for their families that day.
It is my prayer and desire that all people in this village will be getting medical treatment on a regular basis. I am so glad to know that we serve a God who loves and cares deeply for these kind people, and a God who answers prayer. SO PRAY!
Construction Team Report
This is my second time going to the Dominican Republic for a missions trip to build classrooms. I was very excited waiting for that day to come. Eleven of us went on the missions trip.
I thought it was going to be a small construction but when I saw the site, I was overwhelmed. I was thinking about how much we had to accomplish. Then they told us that the foundation we were going to build was going to hold 3 floors and it was going to be a lot more work than we first planned. But we had a great team. Two women and 9 men geared up for the challenge. All of them have impacted my life by the way they performed for the Glory of God. This will give me more strength for the years to come.
We finished the foundation of the building; it was built to last against floods and harsh winds. This is what we do at Calvary Lighthouse, building not ony in the mission fields but also in people's lives. Strong foundations that will stand against the pressures of life, and any storms that will come our way. We will stand firm in Jesus Name, Amen.
Team DR 2010