Friday, November 21, 2014

North Carolina Dental Team


The eight team dental arrived in Tegus after traveling since 2:00 AM that morning.  But they were anxious to see the progress on the property.  Last year when they arrived the small building with the L-shaped porch was the only structure on the 36 acres we call Mt. Horeb.   Mike took the team on a tour of the multi-purpose building and the North American dorms.  It was a delightful time getting to share what God had done in the NCBM ministry in Honduras for the year 2014.  Welcome to Honduras Dental Team.
The dental team has been coming to Honduras for ten years or more.  We are very blessed to have their gifts and talents here to help the people who are in need of dental care.  Thank you for coming once again to serve beside here in Choluteca, Honduras.

encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
I Thessalonians 2:12

Worshiping with the communtiy

The team arrived for worship on Sunday morning around 8:45.  They were anxious to get their week in Colonia Williams started.  Upon arrival the congregation was praying for the worship service.  The North Americans stood outside in reverent prayer as the Hondurans prayed for the worship service and the week ahead.  As the other church members arrived the North Americans greeted and found a seat for worship.  Pastor Ramon Vargas welcomed everyone to church and they all sang hymns of praise for the Lord.  There was scripture read out of Psalm by Sister Ginger.  Brother Mike shared a sermon out of Mark 2 about the man who sought to find Jesus.  Thank God for four friends who led him right to the healing power of Jesus Christ.  All God's people said amen.  Pastor Ramon shared a few closing words and ask would someone like to close us in prayer.  Sister Alice, team member, got up and prayed in Spanish and English for the close of the service.

Happy Birthday Horace and two amigos

During every Honduran worship services the folks are asked who has a birthday today?
Well one of the dentist, Horace, has a birthday on Thursday. As it would have it there were two little fellows with birthdays this week as well.  The congregation sang "Feliz Cumpleamos" to all three gentlemen.  Pastor Ramon asked brother Mike to come and pray for the three gentlemen. Birthdays are huge for the people of Honduras.  Our lives are a gift from God which we never should take for granted and not honor this precious gift of life.
14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17How precious to me are your thoughts,#
:17Or How amazing are your thoughts concerning me

How vast is the sum of them!
18Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
Psalm 139:14-18

Special patient for Horace

There was one special patient who hopped in the sit before all the other patients were seen.  He jumped out as quick as he jumped in when he was told he needed a root canal.  Oh well Jefe, you better get it fixed.
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
Isaiah  41:10

Praying before clinic

Before the first patient was seen the team gathered in the dental room and Pastor Ramon prayed for the day ahead.  He prayed for the steady hands of the dentists.  For the calming of the patients.  He prayed for those who are lost and need Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Each day the team gathered together to start their day in prayer and the dentist prayed over each patient before repairing their dental needs.
pray continually,
I Thessalonians 5:17

History of Pastor Ramon Vargas and church family

Pastor Ramon Vargas shared with the congregation their Baptist Church is six years old.  Six years ago Pastor Ramon, the lovely lady of eighty years walking away from church for home and another gentleman started the church.  Like a lot of North American churches the church started in some one's home.  I am assuming the eighty year old lady's home.  From there they agreed to go to the local school and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the children.  Once this started the children started attending the church in the lady's home.  Several other adults started coming as well.  The church started growing and they knew they needed to start praying for some property to build their church on.  As you can see from the picture they have a beautiful church building with more than a beautiful building.  We worshiped with one hundred and twenty plus people and children on Sunday morning.  This church congregation had the most men of any church we have attended in a while.  The church loves their pastor but more importantly the pastor loves his flock.  As we were leaving worship I saw Ramon put his arm around a young man who was not in church with us and I felt like he was encouraging to please come to church.  Pastor Ramon puts a lot of time and energy into his flock.  He is a godly example of Jesus and his flock.  Thank you Pastor Ramon for seeing the need to start this church in Colonia Williams six years ago.  Please note that Pastor Ramon lives no where near this community.  This is a huge sacrifice on his part to be there for these people.  Colonia Williams is very blessed to have Pastor Ramon and his lovely wife, Margareta nourishing them.
Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve.
I Peter 5:2

Our Three Translators

Mrs. Alice has been coming with David and Susan for as long as I can remember.  Each year David ask me can Mrs. Alice do her "Mom's in Prayer" with the ladies.  Of course is always my answer.  Mrs. Alice comes prepared to do lessons from her "Moms in Prayer" materials.  She is a mighty prayer warrior for the dental team.  Mrs. Alice has lead through the power of the Holy Spirit two people to Christ this week. 
Maida is so much more than a translator for NCBM.  The dental team shared how Maida picked right up where she left off last year and remembered all she needed to know to translate and help assisting the dental team.  We are blessed to have her employed with the ministry.
Santos was our angel for the week and my God moments.  We had employed another translator but he was not able to come.  So at the last minute Maida called Santos to see if he could help.  He was at the church ready to go to work within the hour.  God so blesses this ministry each and every day with numerous blessings such as Santos.  Susan shared during God moments one evening how she was observing Santos assisting John and they had a very anxious patient.  Santos took the elderly lady by the hand and encouraged her it would be okay.  He ask her to stay calm and to try to relax.  Santos may be 19 or 20 years old.  He was impressively an encourage at such a young age.  Thank you all three translators for a job well done.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Acts 2:4

Perfect place for Dental Clinic

After worship the team sit up their dental clinic in the Sunday School classrooms.  It was a perfect set up for the dental clinic.  The team unloaded the kia and began playing out where everything would end up.  They have done this many times so this was not a prolonged process.  They got everything in place and ready for Monday morning.  Pastor Ramon was most helpful in whatever the dental teams needs were.  They needed block Pastor Ramon found them blocks.  They needed tables Pastor Ramon found them tables.  It was truly amazing how all this got put together in less than two hours. Two years ago David decided to have dental chairs made for the dental clinic. As this week was drawing near we realized that Pastor Ramon Vargas was the gentleman who made the dental chairs.  This made Pastor Ramon feel so proud the dental chairs he made two years ago showed up at his church to provide dental needs for his people.  Well done and awesome team work had by all involved.  Well done good and faithful servants.
For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building.
I Corinthians 3:9

Ten Years of Dental Team

David and Susan have been a team for ten years.  They have brought teams down to Honduras to provide the top of the line dental care.  They do more than pull teeth.  David brings dentist who are willing to cleaning, root canals and repair where needed.  They come together and work hard beside one another and this time they all were in one room together.   We would like to welcome back John and our new friend Horace who is his first time to Honduras.  Thank you Dawnna who assisted John.  Susan assisted Horace and David.  On the second day, new team members Karen and Joann switched off assisting Horace.  Thank you to our Honduran dentist Issa who did an amazing job working with each dentist. 
Horace saved two different teen age boys front teeth.  He restored them to like new. 
John's light on the first day started to fade and Horace and David came over to help provide light for his patient.  Joann shared during God moments one evening how it touched her heart to hear John praying with a patient as Maida translated.  What a humbling experience. John was struggling with a wisdom tooth not wanting to come out.  He began praying to God to orchestrate his instrument where it needed to be so this wisdom tooth would come out.  To God be the glory when the wisdom tooth came out perfectly without any problems.
David shared how it was a blessing to be here serving once again in this beautiful country. David and Susan had a lady jump in the chair and look at them said, "I first want to hear about Jesus and then get my teeth cleaned."  So David got Ms. Alice to come over and speak to her in Spanish and the lady accepted Christ and then got her teeth cleaned. 
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.
I Peter 4:10

The boys come to get dental care

One day we asked David could we bring the employees from the property to get dental care.  He said of course.  Well, Mike told him he was bringing three and there ended up being eight.  The guys piled on back of the truck and off we go to the dental clinic.  David shared you said three and I am counting eight men here.  Mike said yeah the numbers kind of grew a little.  Praise God all were treated as well as the other 50 patients that day.  The dental team treated around 224 patients during their four day visit to Colonia Williams.  They did 86 cleanings, 180 restorations and 199 extractions.  BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT NUMBER OF ALL IS 9 SALVATIONS!!!!! All God's people said AMEN!!!!
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Serving Jesus with Trinty Baptist Church Virgina

Our Virginia friends had quiet a challenge once arriving to the job site.  This team came in ready to serve the Lord however HE saw fit.  There was actually nothing that was a challenge to them.  They first of all had to park the bus at the top of the hill in some one's front yard.  They were most gracious in letting us use their yard all week.  The Kia worked its way down the narrow rocky path to a river bed.  We were in rainy season the week before and the water was still flowing steadily through the river bed.  The Kia stopped on this side of the river bed.  They walked through the rive to climb up an embankment to the most beautiful spot this side of heaven.  We welcome our Virginia team to the home of Carmen Martinez.
"I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
Jeremiah 32:27


Meet our dear sister Carmen

The team arrived at the top of the embankment to find a dear sweet 78 year old Honduran lady named Carmen Maradiaga.  She is a widow with 11 children, 36 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.  I had the privilege of meeting her latest great grand daughter about a month ago, not knowing this little one was Carmen's great granddaughter.  It is a small world after all.  Carmen asked if she would like to say anything before we started introducing the team and Honduras brothers and sisters.  Carmen thanked God first and foremost for much answered prayer.  The existing home is 90 years old and is definitely a home when it rained Carmen got wet.  She thanked God for this blessing from God and the North Americans. She began sharing about how God has blessed her with wonderful children.  She shared how they are all different in many ways but she loved them all equally.  It was very obvious family means so much to our new friend Carmen.  God blessed us with her genuine love for family and friends.  Thank you Carmen to the beginning of a wonderful week serving the Lord by providing you a new house which will quickly become a home.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Hebrews 13:2

Greeting and meeting

After Carmen shared we all introduced ourselves and thanked the Hondurans for welcoming us in a very special way.  We are blessed to be apart of such a warm and receiving community of people.  The team immediately felt the love of Jesus throughout the entire area on top of that mountain cove.  After introductions Pastor Pedro prayed for the week ahead and gave our Lord and Savior total praise and honor for this time and place of events.  Hearing a Honduran pray is a very humbling and spiritual experience.  We always feel like we have entered a revival service.  Thank you God for allowing us to serve you here in Honduras.
May He give you the desires of your heart
and all your plans succeed.
Psalm 20:4