Cedarville pharmacy students, with the help of Cedarville’s Global Outreach office, recently served with an amazing teamin the Dominican Republic. The future pharmacists partnered with Del Rey Ministries for a powerful time of medical ministry. They supported the work that God is doing in the sugarcane villages through the Del Rey team of local pastors and a local doctor.
Dr. Yasquina Benjamin serves the people of the Bateyes, an area around sugarcane fields. Cedarville students cared for more than 250 patients by setting up health clinics in villages to meet some of the urgent needs in the community. This included blood pressure and blood glucose readings, dispensing medications, and counseling patients about their medications. The group also provided dental hygiene supplies and education to local school children. Life is very different in the sugarcane villages than in communities that many of the students are from in America. Some of the villages only had one water well for hundreds of people to share, yet despite some of the unique physical challenges, the people were content and generous. Our students thought the love and hospitality that the community showed them was far more generous than their living conditions would suggest.
Despite a language barrier, students were able to communicate the message of Christ’s love to the people, sometimes through simple ways like a smile, gentle touch, or playing with a child. The team trusts that God will use their efforts as early steps toward many Gospel conversations for the Del Rey Ministries team. And they trust that our sovereign God will be glorified in the Bateyes of the Dominican Republic, as many continue to share the message of Christ’s redeeming love.