March was a busy month for us, we had two short-term teams come in back to back! We have short-term team housing here on property. The second floor of the hospital is made up of seven dormitory-style rooms, a community living room, dining room, and kitchen. So, not only do teams come to work with us for a week, they come to live with us for a week!
The first team joined us from Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee plus a college student from our home church, Grace Church in Lakeland, FL. It was a great week filled with children’s ministry activities, repair and maintenance work around the facility and in the batey communities, and sports ministry activities. My mom celebrated her birthday while the group was here, and they helped us celebrate by writing a singing an original one-hit wonder.
This team drove out on Saturday, and Sunday we were joined by a group from Lincoln Memorial University’s Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. This group of 50+ physicians, med students, spouses, and children held medical outreach clinics in several communities. My favorite clinic day, was at the official border crossing, Malpasso, in an empty concrete warehouse.
We really enjoy working with short-term teams, and we are adjusting to the differences of being responsible for meals and housing in addition to heading up the ministry activities. We are blessed with some wonderful staff, and it was great to see them work hard and be so appreciated and loved by the team members.
We also got a visit the beginning of April, from members of Grace Church that were with Tony Poncetti doing a marriage seminar outside of Santo Domingo. Since they were “in the neighborhood” they stopped in for a visit and spent two nights with us before heading back to Lakeland. We were greatly encouraged by them and their visit, and we were able to start setting the ground work for future pastor and church conferences in Jimaní.
Our next visitors are from Spain, four men that we met while they were in town last October, they will be staying with us while they provide continuing education for a group of nurses from Haiti.
Our short-term team ministry is officially up and running, and we are looking forward to working with many more wonderful people, one of the best parts of short-term teams is meeting new friends and reuniting with old ones.