Post by Corey
Today was the fourth day of our medical outreach and it was a long, but good day. As one of the leaders, I have the privilege of watching a team come together and be united for one purpose: glorifying the Lord through compassionate health care. This week has been no different as I have watched how God has brought complete strangers together to serve together as friends. It never ceases to amaze me to see how God has uniquely gifted each individual from many different parts of the world in order to serve one another.
One story that I want to share with you today comes out of a season of deep grief and suffering from our friend and team member, Ray. A little over a year ago, Ray suddenly lost his father to cancer. This was not the first devastating loss he experienced as several years ago, his mother also passed away. Sadly, at his young age, he has been well acquainted with grief. Today was Ray’s father’s birthday and as a team, we did our best to encourage and comfort him on a really hard day. However, God showed up in a way that none of us expected. I’ll do my best to explain. As Ray served in triage today, a woman came in to be seen by our medical team. While taking vitals, he asked her, “How does God fit into your life?” The woman proceeded to share how she was a follower of Christ and the story of her own pain that she has experienced in her life. More specifically she shared about her own grief and how she lost her mother two years ago and that tomorrow is her mother’s birthday. This was a God moment. Our sovereign Lord gave them both a divine encounter where they could share in each other’s grief and continue in the healing process of losing a loved one. As our team observed this holy moment, I felt like we were given the opportunity to watch 2 Corinthians 1:-3-4 unfold before our eyes. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
What a great reminder of how God cares about our suffering and uses it so that we can comfort others! Thank you for praying on our behalf!
Corey I pray for Ray that he willl be comforted. Also, praying for. The team and the people you are ministering.to each day.
I pray you all will get home safely tomorrow. With Ice Storms in Texas and flight cancellations its Deja vu from last year where we didnt get home til Friday.
I hope you all know what a marvelous work and wonder you all give to those sweet sweet Guatamalan people.. THE POOR WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE ANOUNG US. What a wonderful way to help thise less fortunate.