We drove an hour from Tlacolula today to get to the village of San Felipe Guila, the truck was full with six in the cab and four of us in the truck bed. This is our first day of medical clinic, the team kept busy as the two providers saw 39 patients. Sometimes there were two interpators needs as the Zapotec dialect was translated into Spanish and then the Spanish was translated into English.
The Clinic was held in a Church, called Strong Tower, that has just been in the community 10 months. The Pastor’s name is Rolando Bautista, he is also a missionary with the Wycliffe Bible Translators. He is translating the book of Mark into one of the Zapotec dialects. The Clinic gave him a chance to talk with people he had never met before.
The clinic is a fruitful and fertile ground for evangelism because the medical work is done with compassion and an outflow of Jesus’ love in us. Intertwined in every book of the four Gospels is Jesus’ ministry of healing and His message of salvation. “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” (Matt. 14:14) Jesus’ healing was not designed as a “hook” to get people to listen to the message but a totally consistent outpouring of His love for the people around Him. It was not designed to be spectacular in a false way. Involvement in medical missions means that in a very tangible and special way you become the hands of Jesus.
Two young girls and a lady prayed to accept Jesus as their savor today. All the people who came to the clinic were so appreciative; they would shake everyone’s hands as they left. We ended the day with people praying in Spanish, English and Zapotec. We look forward to tomorrow as we are returning to the same village.
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