Wow! We were able to work our first medical brigade here in Honduras. I can truly say it was very humbling. I have never seen so many people hurting. This type of hurting was not just physical but spiritual as well. With the help of Medical Missions Outreach and our church here in Progreso we were able to see and help over 4,400 patients this week. They ranged in age from 2 weeks old to 94 years old. (at least that was the oldest age that I personally saw) It was amazing to see how many people would be waiting outside the gate waiting for the doors to open so that they could receive medical care. Many walked long walks to get to us and have been carrying around this pain and sickness for such a long time. It really makes you stop and think how wonderful Heaven will be. We will have no more sickness, no more hurting, no aches nothing but full time rejoicing. A freind of ours from our home church in North Carolina posted something on facebook this morning that went a little something like this: I wonder what all those people who don't like church are going to do when they get to heaven...since heaven is just going to be one big church service? She made a good point.
Over the years, I have been in churches that did not want to grow....they didn't want to have bus routes because they were afraid of what those children might do to their pretty building. Some just do not want anyone of a different race in their church. Well, let me tell you something my friend.....there is going to be a rainbow of skin colors in heaven. I am so thankful that the churches that have played major roles in our lives have a WELCOME and Open door to anyone who walks in....the hurting, the outcast, the sick, the poor, the many races that are upon our earth. The day we stop welcoming those to Jesus is the day that we need to step back and evaluate our own Christian life.
Sorry, I had that on my heart and just had to share it. But back to the medical brigade. We saw and treated over 4,400 patients and 109 of those accepted Christ as their personal Savior. Please be in prayer for our church family and ministry here as we do follows up to some of the people that we came across this week during this special part of our ministry here in Honduras.