I want to tell each one of you that I have grown in faith here. There is opportunity to grow here. If you have questions, come to me. Come to us. Ask. We can grow together.
One of the most profound cases that I remember is a young, teenage, girl in the barrio that I found devastated and crying. I approached her and asked her what was wrong. She told me that she was pregnant and planned to abort her child. I prayed that God would give me the right words. I shared the gospel message with her and talked about how she didn’t have to give up her baby. She didn’t respond to me that day, but I prayed that God would cultivate the seed. The next year, we went back to the same barrio site with a team. Someone told me that there was a young girl looking for me. She approached me with her baby boy in her arms and asked if I remembered her. It was a miracle. She had kept her baby and she was now a believer.
This ministry was there for me when my home church was going through a time of division. It helped me keep my faith, even when everything else felt broken. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it had not been for this ministry.
I want you to tell them-whoever it is that is responsible for the medical slush fund- I don’t know how it all works, but IT helps sooooo many people. We help SO many with it. I want you to tell them thank you.
The Spirit was moving the whole week while that team was here. They cared not only about the physical health of the patients, but also the spiritual health. Their focus was so much more than the physical. We prayed with many and so many heard the gospel message.
-Paraphrased testimonies/quotes (from Spanish to English) from several different ministry assistants of Solid Rock International.
1 Corinthians 12: 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.
One body. The body of Christ. The parts of the body all working together in unity knowing that each has an important role. To be there for one another. To provide for physical needs. To provide for emotional needs. To provide for spiritual needs. To spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I am just one part of that body. You are one part of that body. So many are a part of that body: prayer warriors, pastors, financial partners, team members, spouses, friends, the staff of Solid Rock. I feel so grateful to be a part of this ministry. I don’t even feel like I can express in my own words how meaningful the ministry of Solid Rock International is. Read the testimonies above. These are just a glimpse, a glimpse of how this ministry touches lives.
I am so grateful to be a part of this body.
What happens when the body works together in the unity of Jesus Christ? God fills in the gaps.
A surgical week story:
Two weeks ago, we had a patient present to our orthopedic surgeon for hardware removal from her arm. The surgeon thought that it was a legit case so that patient was scheduled for Wednesday of surgery week. On Tuesday, another patient presented with a fresh arm fracture. The surgeon thought it was another case that he wanted to take on, so he scheduled him on Thursday. Wednesday’s surgery went ahead as scheduled and as the orthopedic surgeon pulled out the hardware from one arm, he realized that it would be the exact hardware that he would need to fix the case that was scheduled for Thursday. A perfect plan designed by God. The surgeon had his team sterilize all the equipment/hardware and have it ready to go for Thursday’s case.
We work together. We are flexible. We get creative when we need to solve problems. But often, we see God make everything come together.
We could have sent Thursday’s patient all over town shopping for the hardware needed to fix his arm. But we didn’t. We didn’t have to. When we work together in unity as the body of Christ, God shows up, fills in, and prepares the way.
Are we perfect? Nope. Do we mess up? Yup. But, we have the testimonies. We have proof. Solid Rock International is a ministry that desires to work together as the body of Christ, serving those around us and when we do that well, God shows up.
Thank you for being a part of that body with us. It brings tears to my eyes to see God’s people serving together in this ministry.
The time has been going by quickly as 6 weeks of teams makes everything extra busy. Ethan and Miriam are doing well balancing it all and we take breaks or stay away from the guesthouse when necessary. Ethan has been focusing more on drums with lessons on Saturday. Miriam is excited to keep practicing her dance/ballet routine that she will perform in June. All I know is that some of her music is from the movie Chicken Little and there may also be some Spice Girls tunes in there. The rest is a surprise!
Jason has worked with construction teams and the guesthouse dining room addition is almost ready to be used. It is completely enclosed, and he just finished up painting the floor on Saturday. The only thing left to be done is some finished electrical work and building tables to eat from. He also plays Mr. Mom/teacher when I have the busy surgical weeks.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the teams and serving through this busy time. I won’t lie. It is exhausting, but it is worth it. I have also really appreciated developing deeper relationships with my co-workers and group members.
We also enjoy playing softball with the teams on Tuesday afternoons.
- Endurance and strength during the busy seasons.
- US tax process. Do you know how hard it is to focus on preparing taxes for a country in which you don’t reside!
- Ethan and Miriam’s education. We will begin to think about curriculum and options for the next school year soon.
- Our visa/residency process. We met face-to-face with our attorney today. It feels like there may be some light at the end of the tunnel, but it could definitely use continued prayer.
Thanks for praying and blessings to all of you!