No Bare Shelves

In Matthew 25, Jesus says that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him.

One of the “things” we do is help the sick. The word used in the English is “visit.”

“I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Jesus says in Matthew 25:36. But the word for “visit” carries a deeper meaning than it sounds like. It actually means to “look after, to look upon in order to help, to provide for.” This morning, I got to see how all this goes down in the Dominican Republic under the watchful eye of Deloris Norman.

Deloris has served with G.O. for four years. You can read a little about her personal journey here. It is amazing to consider how much she and the team on the medical staff can accomplish with so little. She equates it to Jesus feeding the thousands with five loaves of bread and two fish and gives Him all the credit for the good work going on here.

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The clinic is a simple place, with a reception room that’s less than fifteen feet square. Patients sit here comfortably, though, and are able to watch evangelistic videos while they wait for their turn to see the doctor. The building that this clinic is housed in my be tiny, but the difference they are making is enormous.

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The pharmacy is upstairs, and Deloris told me the amazing story of how hundreds, even thousands of people are responsible for meeting the vitamin and medicine needs of the clinic. There was even one shelf that was completely empty — they had run out of the children’s acetaminophen that usually occupied that space. Teams bring loads in by suitcase or the staff here uses donated funds to purchase locally.

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Around 1,000 children are given a daily vitamin supplement through the eleven nutrition centers that G.O. Ministries helps to operate. The 25 Group is helping to fund one in Los Perez, and these vitamins provide needed minerals to malnourished kids all over the island. Here are some vitamins being prepped to be picked up by the local pastors, who then take them to the centers to be distributed daily. Later today I’ll see vitamins just like these on the plate of every kid in Los Perez.

deloris-normand-lgDeloris is a wonderful woman who cares deeply about her work. In part it was her words that God used to inspire my wife to return to school to get her masters degree and be a licensed family nurse practitioner. I wanted to share these photos and info with you as a testimony that the funds we’re collecting with The 25 Group are being funneled to the right people for the right reasons and being used in the way that they say they will be used. More important than our stewardship is the impact they’re making on so many lives.

Thanks for being a part of what we’re doing with The 25 Group. Our commitment in Los Perez totals $26,200 — a $7,000 commitment to an annual supply of vitamins for all eleven nutrition centers and a $19,200 commitment to the operation of the feeding center in Los Perez.

I would love for you to give a gift right now and make sure the shelves stay stocked with vitamins and the work of the medical and nutrition centers of G.O. Ministries can continue to grow and impact so many lives.

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