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We Made It!

Jan 19

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Sunday, January 19, 2014 8:49 PM  RssIcon

After a long day of travel, the team (and all our luggage!) arrived safely at the Punto Cana airport, ready for a week of service in the Dominican Republic.

We were met by our host, Kevin Adair, who we will take time to introduce you to in a later blog post. Because of the 2 hour time difference, we realized we had completely missed lunch while in the air. So off we went to a restaurant Kevin informed us is frequented by the bus drivers and tour guides who work out of the airport. The traditional Dominican food of rice, beans and chicken was delicious and a welcome introduction to the culture for the hungry team.

After dinner, we waited for the return of the buses which had hauled all our luggage and supplies to the hotel. I think the drivers were a bit amazed at how much we had managed to bring with us. When the buses arrived, we boarded for the 45 minute trip to Higuey, the location of our hotel and where we will be holding the majority of our clinics the next several days.

While we are grateful that our team and luggage arrived without incident, unfortunately the dentist and her assistant joining us from Costa Rica again this year haven’t yet made it, despite the fact that they were supposed to beat us here! John Rapp is still waiting at the airport, so pray that they can connect, and we solve “The Case Of The Missing Dentists” soon!

We are up early tomorrow, and hope to be on the road by 7 am to get set up for our first day of clinic. Stay tuned tomorrow for pictures and another update!

- Emily Goulding

32 comment(s) so far...


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We are praying for each of you. We know you will touch the lives of all you meet with God's love. You are all so amazing. We miss you and we send you all of our love. Thank you for taking this trip to extend His Healing Ministry. Thanks also to all of your families for supporting your journey.

Love, Shawn

By Shawn Tyrrell on   Sunday, January 19, 2014 11:26 PM
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Great news, 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 through your service. God protect and bless each and every one of you!

Jane Park (RCC)

By Jane Park on   Monday, January 20, 2014 1:15 AM
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Just to say hi to Colleen and Sharon, we miss you two already. Stay cool. Laura needs some helps with bump it.
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By Peggy on   Monday, January 20, 2014 3:02 AM
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So happy you all arrived safely..... I wish I could see the reaction to the people's faces as they finally received the medical care they so desperately need!

You are their special Angels...

Just to help you feel better..... (we know you're boiling!) it's cold here in Chi Town!!!

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Stay safe... watch out for each other...... Geoff embrace your "refreshing" shower..... I had to take showers like that on the swim team......for my muscles.....so it's actually beneficial!!!

I look forward to reading what your first day brings.........

Peace xxxMary Brooks :::)))

By Mary Brooks :::))) on   Monday, January 20, 2014 8:06 AM
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Praying for the entire crew for a life changing experience for crew & the people of Dominican Republic. May the HOLY SPIRIT be with you all.
Hi to Rudy & the ABH team

By Joby Chirayil on   Monday, January 20, 2014 8:14 AM
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So glad you are there and safe.
We send our support, prayers and good wishes for a healing, motivaional and inspired mission trip of healing and helping those lives you will touch,
You are our angels making mircles happen.
Sending love to Rudy, Geoff and Cindy and all the ABH team as well as all of you doing awesome work helping others to heal and feel better.
Return to us with renewed faith and belief in the absolute power beyond.

By Jeanne - ABH Cardiac Testing Team on   Monday, January 20, 2014 8:23 AM
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May your hands be blessed as you extend the healing ministry of Christ in its truest form. We know you will come back inspired, enriched and ready to inspire and enrich us with your stories. Be safe and have fun.

By Sandy Mueller, Director of Experience Excellence on   Monday, January 20, 2014 9:38 AM
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Hey Ana!!

Glad to hear you made it safely! All your friends here on Med/Surg love you and are praying for a safe trip! Embrace the Mystery!!
Love Love Love You!!
-3South Med Surg

By Margaret on   Monday, January 20, 2014 10:27 AM
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I'm so glad you guys made it safely and with all of your luggage! Keeping all of you in my prayers this week. Special shout outs to Dhena, Dr. Lipinski, John, Dr. Wilson, Emily, AnnMarie, Amanda, Heidi, Rudy, Geoff, Margaret, Joyce, Rich, and Gianina! I can't wait to read about all the great work you are doing!!
Stay safe and focused on doing God's work!!!
~Cristina

By Cristina Moyer on   Monday, January 20, 2014 10:38 AM
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Thanking The Lord that you all made it safely and ready to do God's work! Especially missing my Dhena dose right now! But then I remember to give thanks that all of you are able to deliver this service for all those that need it there! Be safe and I'll be praying! :)

By Alex on   Monday, January 20, 2014 11:25 AM
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Way to go you guys! We are praying that God will lead with every interaction you each have. I know you are doing His work out there, and we all wish we could be there with you!!

Dave Crane

By Dave Crane on   Monday, January 20, 2014 11:27 AM
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Jill, glad you made it safely. We are thinking about you and praying for you. Do great work and keep us up to date...dad

By Dave Pateros on   Monday, January 20, 2014 11:34 AM
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Hey, Sharon! Glad to hear you made it safely! Enjoy your rice and beans over the next few days. :) We're prayin for you!! Hugs and kisses, Diane

By Diane Bauske on   Monday, January 20, 2014 11:36 AM
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You guys are so awesome!
May God Bless you in your endevors!!!!

By Samantha Sagrado on   Monday, January 20, 2014 11:37 AM
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Glad to hear of your safe travels! May God bless your hands of services and grant you with energy and rest!
Thinking & missing you especially, Kinsey! Can't wait to hear all about your adventure!

By Jessica Lamberson, Hinsdale L&D on   Monday, January 20, 2014 11:42 AM
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Sweet relief! It's good to hear that all's well with team members, and to know of your safe arrival with all your luggage too! I was very glad to get John's call last night letting me know that our Costa Rican dentist and her assistant finally made it to their intended destination safe and sound. Now off you go to fulfill your mission of "Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ! Our love and prayers are with you for your safety and successful misision.

By Esther Jarrette on   Monday, January 20, 2014 12:23 PM
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I have mentioned you in my prayer today. Go, let your light shine brightly through your loving care. You are all God's blessings to everyone.

By Daniel Ocampo, Chaplain on   Monday, January 20, 2014 12:56 PM
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Thrilled to hear everyone made it safely! Strong work by strong people.
To the Glen Oaks ED staff (and Tommy): I'm proud to call you my friends-kisses to you all.
Praying for everyone....Keep up the great work

Carly

By Carly Kuntzman on   Monday, January 20, 2014 1:01 PM
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Thank you Amanda for stepping in at the last minute for me. You are all in good hands with her on your team! Mary Ann

By Mary Ann OReilly on   Monday, January 20, 2014 1:04 PM
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Glad to hear the team arrived safely. We are proud of all of you (especially those from ABH). Trying to operate the hospital without key performers is tough, but we will survive. We expect JCAHO survey visit soon. May God bless your efforts during this important trip.

Warm regards,

Rick

By Rick Mace on   Monday, January 20, 2014 1:15 PM
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Glad you all made it there safe and sound. Praying that you all will learn and grow in your personal relationship with God through this amazing opportunity to Extend the Healing Ministry of Christ!!!! A special shout out to our very own Team GlenOaks - we miss you all and can't wait to hear all about your experiences!!!!

Blessings to all of you!
Michelle

P.S. Can you please bring back some of the warm temperatures you will be experiencing??? It's going to be cold and snowy around here the next few days. :-)

By Michelle Hess on   Monday, January 20, 2014 1:15 PM
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I am so proud of all of you for answering this call to serve. God doesn't make mistakes! I know that we have the right team for this trip and that you will all make miracles happen for God's children there. Many blessings. Stay hydrated and well!

By Chaplain Vicky Syren on   Monday, January 20, 2014 1:32 PM
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God Bless each and everyone of you on this mission trip! I know that every life you encounter there will be richer and more blessed from it. May God work His miracles through each one of you. To my darling Cindy, every ounce of my love I am sending to you and I am so proud of the work God is doing through your life!!! Be safe and do great things My LOVE!!!
xoxoxox

By Derrick Ball on   Monday, January 20, 2014 3:10 PM
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Volunteer-Cardio Pulm. BB Hosp

Hooray, I have lots. of people back home here praying for a safe and successful trip for all of you. God bless and keep you and bring you all home safely at the end of this amazing journey. GO RUDY, GO RUDY, GO RUDY

By Marge on   Monday, January 20, 2014 3:17 PM
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Let us all know how and what you are doing? We look forward to a full story each day!! xxxxxMarge

By Marge on   Monday, January 20, 2014 3:19 PM
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Thinking of you all and sending prayers!

By Mara (HFMC) on   Monday, January 20, 2014 4:00 PM
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Hello everyone!!!

We are praying for you back home. We are predicted to get even MORE snow tonight... so be sure to enjoy the beautiful weather in the Dominican Republic! I am so jealous that you all got to enjoy local cusine! It sounds delicious. It is so great to see the photos and read the story.. I can only imagine how joyful & excited the locals are to have you there. May God's love fill everyone's hearts. You guys are going to do wonderful work! We are all thinking of you. Thank you for so selflessly taking time out of your lives to do this for others. You are all so special.... We are thinking about you.

Love, Natalia

By Natalia Sieczka on   Monday, January 20, 2014 5:01 PM
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Dhena!!!!!! miss you already....one of those magical mondays here....another episode of Kelly & Dhena's world....but i am happy to share you will others that need you....because you touch everyones heart and change them forever....please give some kids hugs & kisses from me....your amazing...making a different...love you and miss you tons!

Soto

By soto on   Monday, January 20, 2014 9:04 PM
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God bless you all. You are certainly "Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ," and avoiding all the snow and the deep freeze here in Illinois!! Continued prayers on your behalf for a safe and successful mission trip.

By Steve Brubaker on   Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:32 AM
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Glad you all made it safe to your destination. We are praying for you and thanking all of you for taking the time to extend HIs healing ministry to the people of Dominican Republic.

Kinsey, Colleen, Sharon and Dr. Wilson... the OB world continued to be busy, we miss you here but we are also very proud that you are part of the special mission group, It will be an experience of a lifetime. Enjoy the blessings... Stay safe. We love you all!

By Riz D. Bangayan on   Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:35 AM
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So happy you all made it safely! We have been praying for you each day, and thinking about what a blessing you are to each person you meet. So proud of you and can't wait to see all of your pictures when you get back! Margaret - we miss you from Pittsburgh!
--Kathleen and Rich Wallach

By Kathleen Wallach on   Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:14 PM
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