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Away We Go!

Jan 19

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Sunday, January 19, 2014 1:29 AM  RssIcon

Today, the mission team from Adventist Midwest Health leaves for its trip to the Dominican Republic. We are never sure what awaits us on these trips, but as our leader, John Rapp, often tells us, we must "embrace the mystery." What we do know is that we will be providing care to many people, some who may have never seen a doctor before. We will provide them with medications, vitamins and dental care, but more importantly, we will extend the healing ministry of Christ.

A week ago, on Jan. 12, we gathered for one last meeting and a dedication ceremony, where we were inspired by chaplain Cristina's song and chaplain Vicky's motivational message. There, David Crane, president and CEO of Adventist Midwest Health, said the team has the privilege of being the hands of Jesus.

“Use your talents in different ways,” Crane said. “You may not be the harvester, but you can plant the seeds for God to come and water later.”
 
In this world, it’s very transactional. If you do something good for someone, you expect something in return. The people of the Dominican Republic cannot pay us back. That’s the gift of serving others – you do something good that you can’t be paid back for.

“We won’t fully understand the good we’re doing until we’re on the other side,” Crane said. “At that time, people will come up to us and tell us how we’ve changed their lives. God has given us hands to do great things. Look into the hearts of people He served and do the right thing.”
 
We invite you to share your thoughts and prayers with us during this week. Check back here for updates about our trip!

- Julie Busch, regional director, Communications

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To Dr. Charles Paik and team,

All of us from RCC will be praying for you as you serve the people of the Dominican Republic and show them the love of Christ. God bless each and every one of you!

Jane Park from RCC

By Jane Park on   Sunday, January 19, 2014 1:58 AM
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All the planning......packing..........You guys and gals are off!!! May God keep you all safe......and the people of the Dominican Republic get some relief.... Amen.....Stay safe everyone xxx Mary :::)))

Here is the beautiful song I love so much and Geoff and I played this morning....
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAZC65CwTEA

Also a prayer.....Prayers for Geoff's team of doctors and nurses and hospital personnel departing for The Dominican Republic... May God keep them safe... Amen!

Dear Father,

We pray your help and blessings on the members of the mission trip. Thank you that each person is taking time out of their busy lives to serve you by serving others. Thank you that you have spoken to their hearts and that they are willing to venture outside of their homes, neighborhoods and comfort zones. Keep them strong mentally, physically and spiritually.

Give them safe travels, energy and enthusiasm and an ability to be flexible when plans change.

May their arrival at their destination be a sign of your love to those they serve. Help the smiles and hugs and acts of friendship of the mission team members clearly communicate acceptance and comfort to those hungry for you.

May they be true ambassadors for Christ through their actions both on and off the job, both with those they serve and with their fellow team members.

We pray that this trip will be extremely successful in strengthening the faith of every team member. Increase their trust in you as they leave their responsibilities and worries about their families and lives back home in your watchful care. As they see and experience different ways of life, give them new perspective on their lives and about the things that really matter most.

Give them the joy of service. Strengthen their faith and reliance on you. Enable them to graciously and humbly receive small gifts of great magnitude given to them by those who have little yet who are moved to give sacrificially. May each team member strongly feel your Holy Spirit at work in them and through them.

And so Father, we ask that you bless the mission project, the team members and leaders, those they serve and the team member’s families back home. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to actively work in a meaningful way in your wonderful Kingdom.

Amen.

By Mary Brooks :::))) on   Sunday, January 19, 2014 5:49 AM
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I will be thinking of all of you for safe travels. Please also be my hands this week as I was not able to be with all of you. I look forward to seeing the updates on the ARC.
Krista

By Krista Dulleck on   Sunday, January 19, 2014 11:35 AM
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Abby Mia Grant and Kristin were sad to see mom(Sharon Bowers) leave this morning. :-( We had to console ourselves in the closest dunkin donuts. We love you mom! We are praying for your safety and efficacy in giving hope and love to the Haitians.

By Todd Bowers on   Sunday, January 19, 2014 12:57 PM
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To Dr. Charles Paik and team,

All of us from RCC will be praying for you as you serve the people of the Dominican Republic and show them the love of Christ. God bless each and every one of you!

Jane Park from RCC

By Jane Park on   Monday, January 20, 2014 1:11 AM
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First of all PRAISE THE LORD & THANK THE LORD for putting together this wonderful team . It is not our will or decision that put us here, but thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, AMEN. And now Thank you each & every one of you for your kind heart , you time away from families, work. friends. May GOD bless each of you.

Shot out to Rudy, Geoff, Cindy, Amanda, Dr. Paik

By Joby Chirayil on   Monday, January 20, 2014 9:26 AM
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Hey mom! (Cindy) how are you?? We're doing great up here. Darla and Memphis are great! I love you and miss you a lot!:) have fun!!

By Abigailhagner on   Monday, January 20, 2014 9:36 AM
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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding” as you embrace the mystery triggered by every encounter.

By Esther Jarrette on   Tuesday, January 21, 2014 9:34 AM
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RE: have a great week

Thank you to everyone on the team, I so appeciate you all making sacrifices and devoting your week to the people of the Dominic Republic! May you all stay safe, have wonderful experiences and feel God is working through you to further his mission.

Again, i am so grateful for your group. Geoff can't wait to hear the stories you will have after that week away. We miss you here, and so does this snowy, cold weather! ;)

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

By Maureen ventura on   Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:26 AM
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RE: have a great week

Thank you to everyone on the team, I so appeciate you all making sacrifices and devoting your week to the people of the Dominic Republic! May you all stay safe, have wonderful experiences and feel God is working through you to further his mission.

Again, i am so grateful for your group. Geoff can't wait to hear the stories you will have after that week away. We miss you here, and so does this snowy, cold weather! ;)

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

By Maureen ventura on   Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:26 AM

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