Archive for February, 2010

February 2010

Friday, February 12th, 2010

The Learning Curve
Dear Friends,
I would say January was a good month for our ministry because I saw the steep learning curve I’m experiencing at the free Christian medical/dental clinic begin to shallow out. I’m still on the curve, but happily, it’s getting easier. Our medical/dental clinic is open 5, and sometimes 6 days a week. In January we had 331 patients come through our door. Many are receiving ongoing treatment for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart ailments, and a host of other issues. Many of those who came in January were new patients. In addition to general practitioners we are blessed to have three dermatologists, an orthopedic doctor, a physical therapist, a diabetes specialist, an eye surgeon, a general surgeon, a nutritionist and several dentists. All these providers donate their time and services.

As the administrator I have a number of responsibilities. They include managing the day to day activities of the clinic, recruiting volunteers and managing the clinic schedule. Our current volunteer base includes about 100 different people. They serve as medical and dental providers, nurses, lab techs, Spanish interpreters, pastoral counselors, office helpers and facility/maintenance helpers.

Marvin, our physical therapist, treats a victim of a traffic accident.

Marvin, our physical therapist, works with a patient recovering from a serious automobile accident.

Yesterday two new nurse practitioners came to observe at the clinic and they voiced something that I have heard said a number of times. They mentioned that the moment they walked in to the building that they sensed something special about the place. One said she got goose bumps. Maybe it was because we didn’t have the heat turned up enough for her! Seriously, there is something special about a medical clinic striving to serve the least among us in Jesus’ name. I told the new volunteer that “I believe what we are doing every day at the clinic is at the center of God’s heart. We know from the Word how God feels about the poor, the widows, the orphans and foreigners. God is at work here and it’s bigger than any one of us.” 

And so, I continue to learn new things every day. My Spanish gets used constantly since half of our patients are Hispanic immigrants. From a medical standpoint it is great “on the job” training as I work with the providers and oversee the Patient Assistance Program (to help those who qualify receive free or low cost meds from the different drug companies).

As for my class this semester, it was postponed until March. It will be more intense now as it has been squeezed from 16 weeks to 8 weeks. I would appreciate your prayers as I seek to give my best effort to both the medical clinic and the Anatomy and Physiology class.

Thank you so much for standing with us. As always we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve in this ministry and appreciate your generous support and prayers.

 JD and Patient

 JD, an EMT and a weekly volunteer at our clinic triages a patient. JD is currently in Haiti working with a team to provide purified water. One of our weekly doctor volunteers will also spend most of March serving at a medical clinic in Haiti.

February Prayer and Praise Pointers

l Please pray for me as I continue to climb the learning curve at the clinic. Praise God with me for fantastic volunteers and the new nurse practitioners that will be starting next week.

l Please pray for Cinda, one of our nurse practitioners, battling a serious illness. Please pray for God’s healing and that she will be able to return to a weekly clinic schedule with us.

l Please pray for JD and Dr. Hines, two of our weekly volunteers serving in Haiti this month and next.

l Please join us in praying that the focus of our clinic’s ministry remain fixed on Jesus, and that patients find spiritual healing as well as physical healing.

Chris & family