I hope this post finds you well and that you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s! As you know, I have a huge heart for Mission Trips and I have been blessed to have already been on two short term missions: Senegal, Africa (Nov. 2009) and Haiti (Feb. 2012). Well, I am off once again! In a little over a week I will be traveling with 17 friends and staff from my home church, Forest Hill (FH) to Fuente de Vida, Dominican Republic for a medical mission trip! (February 8-18, 2013)
While Forest Hill Church focuses on serving people locally in the Charlotte area, we also believe in global outreach. We will be volunteering along side our longtime partner, Pastor Mario. Pastor Mario is with the Evangelical Free Methodist Church in Villa Mella; FH has been working with him and his team for over 20 years.
Once a year a team from FH travels to the DR to serve the people’s basic medical needs. Our medical trip will focus on all types of specialties – family practice, internal medicine, vision and dental. We will treat colds, allergies, skin conditions and infections. We will also help with children suffering from malnutrition, parasites, and eating disorders. With simple antibiotic treatments and vitamins, many of these conditions can be stopped. It is my understanding that people will be standing in line for hours waiting to get just a bottle of Tylenol, to have a tooth pulled because the pain from a cavity is too much to bear or for an old pair of eye glasses just so they can read. Last year the team served approximately 5,000 people! This year we are expecting to serve close to 9,000 Dominicans! Can you imagine 9,000 people standing in line for their once a year BASIC medical examination/treatment? If my throat is the slightest bit sore I run to my doctor and thirty minutes later I have a Z pack! These people stand in line for days just to have a tooth pulled!
A few years ago, I asked God to break my heart for what breaks His and boy did He ever! This is what it is all about! Jesus came to earth to glorify God by serving us, by healing us, and by saving us. The only thing that matters while we are here is that we do our best to be like Him. Actually going to a third world country to serve is by no means for everyone! God calls all of us to help in different ways. One way you can be a part of this trip is by praying for us. It’s scary and difficult to be on these trips! The beds are rock hard and tiny, the showers are freezing cold and the water drips out of the faucet; the food is, well, you can only imagine! We can’t drink the water and emotionally we are exhausted! But, man! what an amazing experience! Life changing! I can’t wait to go again!
The second way you can help is financial support. Each of us need to raise $2500 and I still have $1,315 left to raise! YIKES! If you are interested in donating to the February trip please visit our blog: http://fhcmissions.org/dominicanrepublic, click on “donate” then “Kym”. Your donation goes to medicine for the locals as well as our travel, lodging and food. 100% of your donation goes to this mission trip and is tax deductible – ask me for details.
Please pray for the people in the DR, that they can receive the medical help they need. Please pray for our team, for God’s guidance and protection. Thank you so much for your love & prayers.
Love you all so much!!