Thursday, 18 February 2010 10:22
I received a brief Email from Bill last night. The team is in the DR now but much to the surprise and chagrin of the team, the hotel they stayed at last night was 3 hours past Santa Domingo. For some reason the organizer of the bus service, Moises,set it up that way. The team was able to see 152 patients on Monday and another 150 on Tuesday which puts the total at well over 400 for the time we were there, not counting the hospital visits.
Later today they will head back to Santa Domingo, do a little debriefing and head out at various times tomorrow.
As I think about the last couple of weeks, all that we saw, all that we did, met remarkable people who inspire perseverance and hope, there is no question that it is God making the real difference. Many of the people who are there feel that they have been led by God. They are helping others in many ways but mostly by being in relationship. By lending a hand when someone is hurting or in need, this is relationship. That is all of our call.
I will encourage each and everyone of you to serve somehow. It does not have to be in another part of the world. It could be in your city, it could be next door, or it could be half way around the world. But in every case focus on the relationship. It will be overwhelming in it's reward when you put the relationship, as modeled by Jesus, first.
I have been humbled by the generosity of family and friends alike who have just handed me money saying that I will know what to do with it. In every case I did. Many people were blessed by these acts of generosity.
Please continue to pray for the team as they finish their travels, and please, please, please continue to pray for Haiti. There is tough roads ahead but if they keep their focus on God, keep submitting to His will. They will make it. Pray for the vision and creativity of the leaders, starting with the president. Pray for every soul there to seek Him first and know that all the other things will be added.
Getting to know the final member of the team:
I have known Bill for years and it never ceases to amaze me what all he has done. He is an airplane and helicopter pilot, he is an engineer with a specialty of working on aircraft, he has shot bullets into running aircraft engines to see what it would do (while working for Rolls Royce testing engine stability), he is an expert snow skier and he has been all over the world putting in water treatment systems as director of his foundation Fountains of Hope (www.fountainsofhope.org). Bill is an amazing and interesting guy who has a passion for helping people in this way, but most importantly for me, he is a brother in Christ and a friend and it has been an honor and a privilege to serve with him this week as well as the rest of the team.
God bless you all for being part of the team in this way.