Jason & Nicole Hoover | Solid Rock

Jason & Nicole Hoover | Solid Rock



I have been thinking a lot lately about the word integrated. It is the English word that we use when we reference the clinic name. Clinica Christiana de Salud Integral becomes the Christian Clinic for Integrated Health in English.

According to dictionary.com, the definitions of the word integrated are the following:

  1. combining or coordinating separate elements so as to provide a harmonious, interrelated whole:an integrated plot; an integrated course of study.
  2. organized or structured so that constituent units function cooperatively:an integrated economy.
  3. having, including, or serving members of different racial, religious, and ethnic groups as equals:

Definition #1 really resonates within me as I think about all the elements that come together to provide harmonious, interrelated health care to the people of the San Juan region. We have a clinic that is fully staffed by Dominicans. I see them love on their patients on a regular basis. We have North American teams that come and serve beside these Dominicans during surgical weeks. We have North American teams that take the clinic’s name to the rural areas with our mobile medical clinics. We have full time North American missionary staff and full time and part time Dominican staff that ensures that our units function cooperatively. We all have the same purpose- to share the love of Jesus Christ and to lead people to Him. We are certainly an integrated clinic and ministry.

The word integrated also reminds me of Paul’s words in his letter to the people in Corinth when he talks about the body of Christ being a unit that is made up of many parts.

1 Corinthians 12-27

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it

I have been doing a lot of planning and preparing for our upcoming winter team season. It seems like we are going to be busy, and we have several surgical teams on the schedule. I took advantage of the fact that we have not had surgical teams on the ground for a while. Doctora Canario and I recreated our process to field and gather patient candidates before the arrival of our surgical groups. I have created referral forms and am hoping that the new process and forms will make planning more streamlined. I also continue to go to our clinic in El Cercado regularly to check in our Child Nutrition Program. I continue to teach a few English classes each week.

Jason has been extremely busy with the construction project in Babor Arriba (Deseada’s house). They are reaching the final stages of the project. He has put in a lot of long days. He is also looking to fumigate at the guesthouse and finish fixing a few items there before our winter season begins. He also helps me lead a Bible study each Friday night at Iglesia Menonita Central.

Ethan, Miriam, and I continue to work on homeschool in English each day. We went to Lucille Rupp this morning to receive their Dominican school grades. They both are doing well, but they are sad that we will continue to do English school through their long holiday break from DR school. We are looking to celebrate good grades with some ice cream this evening! Don’t worry! They still get plenty of play time and baseball time!

We went to Pennsylvania for 7 days just before Thanksgiving Day. We celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas a bit early with our family and were super excited to be able to see a lot of people in a such short amount of time. Our visits and Miriam’s Christmas ballet performances on Thanksgiving weekend helped set the mood for the season.  It is cooler here this time of the year, but it still doesn’t feel like Christmas weather! The lights and decorations are what help to remind us of the time of year.

We have invited a Dominican family over for Christmas Eve and are looking forward to a quiet day at home on Christmas day. We will eat ham and other goodies with a few other American missionary families a few days after Christmas here in San Juan.

Merry Christmas to all of you! May you remember the reason for the season.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Residency Process. All of our paperwork is submitted and has been for some time. We are just waiting… and waiting for migration to give us an appointment.
  2. For our upcoming busy team season.
  3. For our family that isn’t with us during the holiday time.

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