Bienvenidos – Gloria a Dios! (Welcome, Glory to God!)
Our God is an Awesome God! He listens to our prayers and He answers. La Clinica Tzeltal Manos de Cristo was dedicated in March 2012, and we have been praying and searching for a full-time doctor since long before the construction was complete. God has provided. Dr. Gerardo Cruz Lopez, the brother-in-law of Pastor Pablo’s youngest brother (Aziel), has been offered and accepted the position of Medical Director. Dr. Gerardo has completed his internship and has signed a 1 ½ year contract as our doctor. After that he will decide whether he wants to stay on or apply for specialized training.
During my medical mission trip the first week of October, I traveled again with Carolyn Vogel and with 3 other medical professionals. This was a totally new experience for me, as I have always been part of a construction and VBS team. I loved the challenge of being nearly fully immersed in the Spanish language. There were very few English speakers and they were always busy with translating for the doctors and patients. Me, my picture and “big” dictionary, and lots of laughter got me through the days. I worked the “Triage” desk checking blood pressures, pulses and weights for the 500+ patients we saw during the week. Once the initial group of about 50 morning patients was checked in, I moved to the “Oculista” (Optometry) clinic to “prescribe” reading glasses. This was the most moving time of all. Seeing the gratitude and relief on people’s faces when they could see to read or sew moved me to tears more than once. I received hugs and blessings from women and men alike. The Holy Spirit wasn’t just with us in the clinic, God was touchable in the flesh in the staff and patients. I’m so glad that when He knocked, we opened the door.
As for the rest of the team, Karen (a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) and I came home to Chicago at the end of Week 1, but Carolyn, Nurse Penny, and Dr. Bill stayed on for another week to meet and work with Dr. Gerardo. By the end of the two weeks we saw a whopping 1212 patients!! Now, Carolyn is staying through November on a bit of a hard working sabbatical. She is living and working in the clinic and, traveling to the villages with Dr. Gerardo, visiting prisoners with Jan, and enjoying life in Mexico.
Again, Bienvenidos (Welcome)! We, the 1st Pres Waukegan Team, are planning to field our biggest group yet. Please see me or Alan for information about the on-going Clinic needs and the 2014 Mission Trip.
In Christ, Doreen DesJardins
Thanksgiving Service of Gratitude
On Thursday, November 28 the First Presbyterian Church of Waukegan will hold a Thanksgiving Service of Gratitude. A completely informal gathering, it will feature attendees requesting their favorite hymns, sharing the things which they are thankful for, and a time of prayer. The event begins at 10 a.m.
The service is especially meaningful this year as the local church has just completed a transition to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, a body which honors God and worships in the Reformed tradition.
Music routinely plays a prominent role in the life of the church and is a significant element in this service.
The church is located near downtown, just north of City Hall. Free parking is available in the lot behind the building and nearby on the street.