Dominican Republic Pharmacy Update #2

 

Yesterday was our second clinic serving the people in the Bateyes. Our team was able to use experience from the previous day to make the workflow much smoother. Team members were also able to pray and share the gospel with every single family that came through the clinic. Today we will be heading out to a local school to provide fluoride treatments to children.

Dominican Republic Pharmacy Update

On Monday, our team met with Dr. Benjamin to learn about her story and the work she has been doing in the Bateyes. As we were walking through the Bateyes we were able to meet and play with several of the children living there.
Today we will be going to our first medical clinic. Please pray that it runs smoothly and that we are able to form relationships with the people and share the gospel.

Philippines Nursing Update

It has been a wonderful week here in the Philippines. A few of our outreaches this week have included: leading part of a baby shower, teaching a dental and hand hygiene clinic for kids at a ministry called Brand New Day, visiting the community that the kids live in, visiting the National Children’s Hospital, spending time on their pulmonary and neonatal floors, leading clinics in other communities, helping lead children’s programs with Happy Family, providing wound care, leading several Bible songs (in English and Tagalog), and leading a Bible lesson on the prodigal son (along with sharing the gospel) with a bunch of kids at a ministry led by a pastor at a house nearby.

We’ve also been busy at Shalom, the birthing center. We have been able to help with multiple births, baby baths, prenatal clinics, postnatal checkups, and much more. It has been absolutely incredible to see so many new lives entering the world here. Our prayer is that these babies would grow to be men and women after God’s heart.

Today we went to a church called “Lift Jesus Higher” and the Pastor spoke on Psalm 139. Verses 13-14 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” These verses, as well as the whole chapter, have taken on an even deeper meaning. The Lord has so intricately designed each of us, from before the day we were born. He is the One who gives us breath in our lungs and blood to flow through our veins. Being able to find a baby’s heartbeat when still inside the womb and seeing new life is such a testament to His glory!

This week, we will be spending a lot of time here at Shalom but also will be heading up multiple outreach clinics. Pray that the Lord will continue to work in our hearts and in the hearts of the mothers, babies, children, families, midwives, and missionaries here in the Philippines. Pray that we will see with open eyes, everything that the Lord puts in front of us. Pray that we would feel the burdens of those in poverty and in serious struggles of life. Pray that we would be vessels of the love and joy of Christ.

God is good • All the time
And all the time • God is good

–Philippines Nursing Team

Kosovo Update

Joshua Kortje, playing UNO with the 8th and 9th grade kids after visiting a local art gallery in downtown Mitrovica, which displayed a school wide(6th-11th grade) project.

 

Hayley Trout and Austin Ragan spending time stuffing bears. The bears are to be given to a local, special education school in Mitrovica, Kosovo.

 

Joshua Kortje, Ryan Coffman, and Daniel Garcia are seen helping the KLA students with their work in Teacher Joan’s 8th and 9th grade math class.

 

Team leader, Alivia Rucker, working on the English alphabet with the preschoolers.

Honduras Update

Greetings from San Pedro, Honduras!
We just finished week two down here and we are loving it! Our team has been working with both the public health system and the private clinics. We have joined Honduran nurses in the vaccination process against influenza, measles, rubella, and other diseases.
Many times people aren’t able to receive the health care they need because of the lack of transportation to get to the clinics, therefore Salt and Light, an organization here in Honduras, has a mobile clinic program that we were able to help with.
Pictured above, is Abigail helping sweet Angel, who is two years old, learn how to walk.
We are excited to see what these next weeks hold for us!
Please keep praying for our safety and health, as well as the medical care needs of this country.  Pray for the spread of the gospel as God has allowed us to have a voice through medical service.

Philippines Update

Hello from the Philippines Team!

We have had an awesome experience here in the Philippines serving with World Team. The DeFazio family and Wright family have so generously opened their homes for us to stay with them, and have mentored us through every step of this trip. We have the opportunity to serve in a ministry called “Happy Family” that serves in a squatter community in metro Manila. We’ve led prayer meetings, visited the Threads of Hope ministry, and countless other things as we connect with the Philippino people. We have so much to learn from the people here. They are a people of community, laughter, and love to sing. We have made a valiant effort to learn their language, Tegalog, but we have seen that even with a language barrier we have gotten to know the Philippino people and share in Christ with them.  It has been beautiful to see the children’s ministry at Happy Family as they train the children from the squatter community in the way of the gospel.

God calls us outside of our comfort zones and he calls us to humility. Our team has learned that over this past week and we are so excited to see what God does with the last few days of the trip!

God is working here in the Philippines!

Italy Orchestra Update

 On Sunday, our team participated in a church service here in Italy. We were not only able to serve the people with hymns that they were familiar with, but also to take part in their worship service and worship and learn with them.

Pictured above are two of our team members, Hanna and Brianna, talking to middle school students after our concert. We were able to share the gospel and play sacred and classical music for them.

 

Laboring and Praying in Haiti

The team has been busy with the construction of the hospital as well as giving out formula and praying for mothers in a clinic near by.  Here are some pictures of the work being done and a brief word from Pastor Lubin…

The Cedarville Team and I visited the pediatric ward of the Les Cayes hospital. Somehow the Lord touched and blessed four amazing mothers with the gift of salvation, for themselves and healing for their little ones.

Yes we brought formulas for the beautiful but much needy babies, however the action that captured my attention was when one of the mothers after rejecting Jesus called me back and said, “Pastor please don’t leave me here without Jesus, I want Him in my heart and life.” Simply glorious! Thank you for your prayers and support this week.

Pastor Lubin and the CU team

Kosovo Update

Alicia Williams and Ryan Coffman engaging with the 6th grade class at the Kosovo Leadership Academy.
Lavdim Musliu takes the team up the side of a mountain to get a breath taking view of Mitrovica, Kosovo.
Prayer for continued gospel opportunities with the students.  Thank you for your prayers!

Italy Orchestra Update

One of the places we have been serving is at an English Camp in Forli, Italy. The space is small, so we only had enough room for a few people to perform. A quartet played for all of the students and people in the community, and then our team members led the people in worship (with the help of the quartet), in worship songs sung in Italian. Sarah, a member of our team, gave her testimony in Italian.

Pray for continued opportunities for us to use music as a gateway for further gospel conversations.