A couple months ago, some of our team members from Grace contacted me about the possibility of doing a joint mission trip alongside the upcoming January Bible Conference. Given that most of the leadership would be away from their communities, this posed somewhat of a challenge. The idea was proposed to do another medical an dental clinic, using members of the church and a couple of translators to assist. What began as a small idea has simply exceeded all our expectations.
Originally, the plans were to have two dentists provide basic dental cleaning and extractions. But, having seen the orphans we work with, one of the big medical needs has been to deworm their digestive systems as well as provide skin cream for ringworm. Many if not most of the orphans have issues related to ringworm, whether in their stomach or their skin, so being able to treat this problem would have HUGE ramifications on the children’s capability of taking in and processing basic foods.
After exploring options with pharmaceutical companies, we were able to get a bulk discount of deworming medication that would last for six months for all 1,600 orphans in our churches. The problem was that we did not have funds available to get this medicine in addition to the dental equipment and supplies. In early November, I had the opportunity to share about the work we are doing in Haiti, especially about the upcoming mission trip. When a couple in Nashville area heard about this particular need, they were led to provide all the money necessary to provide this six month treatment for all 1,600 children. God opened the doors and continues to provide!
One of the hopes we had as well was to be able to get a six month supply of multivitamins for the children for preventative care along with water purification previously supplied and new deworming medication. However, the expense of providing that much vitamin was far beyond anything we could afford (roughly $10,000). We decided to shelve the idea and stick with dental work and deworming medicine. UNTIL our team leader one day was at a friend’s house who happening to be browsing Facebook and found a pharmacist looking to donate vitamins specifically to a third world country. No joke.
We followed up with this lead, thinking we might be able to get enough vitamins for the orphans we will be providing dental treatment (some 150 orphans). Feeling led to ask for supplies for all 1,600 we made the appeal to him, and he graciously agreed to provide six month’s supply of multi-vitamins and muti-minerals for every orphan under our care. Simply unbelievable. No, it’s believable because God knows our need before we ever ask.
Why should we ever doubt Him?
“And my God will supply every need of yours
according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”