Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dr. Ana's gives a recap of recent medical clinics

Please take a few minutes and read this heartfelt news from Dr. Ana Lamon about some recent midical clinics in Honduras. Pray about how God is leading you to help us. if you would like to make a donation you may go to www.thehandsofchrist.org and click "Donate Now" or mail your donation to The Hands of Christ P.O. Box 1252 Franklin, TN 37065. Thank you, Sarah Hathaway

One of our recent groups was led by Dr. John Waits from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They worked with us from July 17 until July 23. He brought his wife Rachel and one of his children Mitchell. Dr. Waits worked in the medical clinic while Rachel and Mitchell worked as part of the group with the non-medical people and the locals. It was fun to see them open themselves up to the locals. They colored pictures with the smaller children and with the older children the game was always soccer. Soccer is the national pastime in Honduras. Mitchell was good at interacting and sharing himself with others and he learned some Spanish words quickly. He shared some fun stickers with all the children. Whatever part you play on a team, medical or non-medical, the most important thing to remember is to be flexible and you will have a great time.

Also in the group was Laura, a medical student, and Dr. Beth Western. It was really a pleasure to work with them. They were very committed, disciplined, and had a great love for their work and fellowman. Their example continues to motivate me to go into the world and show the world God’s love and that God is real; to show that God has men and women ready to work with Him and for Him; to return the favor to God that He has so graciously given us {His love}. This group also realized that what they possess on this earth is really just on loan from God and to really enjoy God’s blessings we need to be people that enjoy giving and should not fear it. In this case, we all used our God given talents to serve those who are the “least of these”.

God has put in our lives a young man named Oscar Espinoza, who is our main translator. He is a young man full of life, a life he has given to God for Him to use and God does use him. Also we would like to commend Laura for her excellent job translating for Dr. Waits. She is a great example of letting God use her for His Kingdom. We can all be used for God’s Kingdom if we just let Him have control.

I don’t want to forget to mention our other translator for this group, Ana Leticia, the “new kid” for her young age of 20. This was her first experience translating and she was touched by the love this group from Alabama showed to the poor in Lepaterique. The atmosphere around them seemed supernatural. It was charged with God’s love and compassion for the people we were helping. It was amazing to see them praying for each patient and so eager to tell others about God’s love and salvation for them. We all know that God is love, but it seems so hard for most of us to share that as it is meant to be shared, yet for this group it came as from another dimension. It was easy for them and they were eager to do God’s bidding as we all should be. This group left me with a challenge to pray with all my patients. It is always amazing to me that even with them taking the time to pray for all their patients we saw each and every patient that God sent us.

The object of both doctors in the group was to give physical healing, but also to bring each patient to know Christ as their personal Savior. God knows with His infinite wisdom that not only our bodies need His healing but also our souls. In Mathew 9:1-7 Jesus first forgave the paralytic’s sins and then gave him physical healing. This is our example to follow! Many times while the doctors were praying with patients I (Ana) heard them ask God to forgive the sins of the patient they were praying for. This is the example given us in the prayer of faith in James 5:13-16. What a great example they were setting as they prayed for each patient.
Our God’s mercy is immense. To send workers such as this group makes me turn my face to God and analyze my actions to see if what I am doing is pleasing to God. Each day as we finish our work I give my work to God having done my part and knowing that He will do his and His name will be glorified.

I give thanks to God each day for His mercy and how He teaches us and helps us to grow in Christ. Each day I ask God for His wisdom and for Him to help me to see the more than 100 patients each day that we work. I know that when I am helping my fellowman that I am following God’s leading as taught in Mathew 25:31-46. Another thing that I ask just as Peter or Paul or any of His disciples ask was that after I finish examining my patient that I can lay hands on them and they will be healed. In all our work we are completing the verse found in Mathew 9:37-38 “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” I need to and want to do what God has planned for me day after day with Christ as the center of my life and my husband’s life in relation to the ministry that we have been called to serve.

I want to share with you two miracles of healing. One happened while Dr. Waits group was here and the other while Claudia Stull and Charlotte Shepherd from Kentucky were here. There was a teenager with Hemorrhagic Dengue which can be fatal and a 5 year old boy with Leukemia. In both cases I looked for the local pastor and other to pray for them and they were healed!! They were healed by the power of God through His word. Again we were just following what it says in James 5:14-16. Is anyone of you is sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

In Christ Service Always,
Ana Lamon

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