Jason’s Journal | Part 3 of 7

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[headline h=”1″]Construction (of sorts) [/headline]

Saturday March 2, 8:20 am

Today we’ll be working on a project in a village. I fully expect the work to be hot and hard; testing my resolve to bring glory to Christ in my attitude.

This morning, I was able to meditate a bit on the latter portions of John 15. Jesus works bring conviction and either call or condemn those who witness them. In the same way, we should not be surprised when the world responds to our good works with hatred since we are called out of it.

On a lighter note, a rooster decided to call at 1:30 am this morning. At first, I thought it was my roommates alarm clock. Turns out it was just nature after all.

Saturday march 2, 3:00 pm

We’re riding back from the Monte Cristy  now. We tore an entire roof off of the retirement home, which I would have never thought possible at the beginning of the day.

There were a few hiccups. Some of the residents were a bit upset that we kicked them out of there home. I guess this understandable– even though the roof was in very bad shape. Termites had left very little of the remaining tresses, so the roof repair is needed. But I understand how these people may not understand the inconvenience

A group of children seemed to collect around the worksite. Probably 5 little girls and 2 little boys aging between 3 and ten years. There were no parents to watch them. They just took whatever attention you were Willing to give them. All in all, these people have next to nothing. Yet, they have more joy in them than most Americans I meet.

Saturday march 2, 10:43 pm

Tonight we had good times of fellowship following a hard days work. The body of Christ never ceases to amaze me. We have people with us from a wide variety of denominations and traditions, all coming together to further the kingdom of God.

During worship we briefly reflected upon John 15 (following my time in the word recently). As we abide with Christ, He causes us to bear fruit. I hope that this week allows us to deeply abide in Christ and so be able to be fruitful. I’ve spent too much of my life trying to do the opposite; being fruitful so that I can earn God’s abiding presence.  Now I want to learn how to trust before I work; how to believe before I try to become.

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Jason’s Journal | Part 2 of 7

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[headline h=”1″]Anticipatory travel & safe Arrival [/headline]

Friday, march 1 5:46 am

We’re about to leave for Atlanta and eventually on to Santa Domingo.  (Actually, that could be way wrong. I’m lost in airports. My goal here is just to follow the crowd and not get lost. It will be miraculous if I actually end up in the DR.)

There is an energy to our group– a nervous excitement about what will happen and when. It’s interesting to meet people I’ve never talked with and feel an instant camaraderie with them. Reminds me of the beginning of 1 John 1 where we fellowship with one another because we first fellowship with the Father in Christ. Thankful that the separation due to sin has been undone at the cross and that perfect strangers are now brothers and sisters once again. At this point, I’m incredibly hopeful for a great week… even at 5:30 in the morning.

Friday march 1 11:03 

We’re in the air. After talking with Mike and Linda about ministry and mission, I’m ready to be in the DR. I spoke with Jodi and the kids during the layover which was nice, but now its time to engage. Spending time praying for the coming week.

Friday March 1 5:39 p (DR time)

Our bags are checked in and we now sit beside the pool in the Dominican Republic. Everyone is tired but hopeful following a long day of travel. Tomorrow holds a long day of work–either construction or medical.

When we arrived, SCORE had a nice reception for us complete with cake, punch, and sandwiches. There was a brief meeting which followed where we were told a few brief rules.

The drive to the score hotel was marked by vast extremes.   The beauty of God’s creation saddled next to the poverty of the country. While I’m sure every country faces these issues, a new country makes these stand out– a constant reminder that our sin has drastically affected God’s beautiful creation and now awaits God’s sons be revealed.

Friday March 1, 9:49 pm

This evening as I was sitting by the pool, a gentlemen from score approached me and asked “are you pastor Jason?” He proceeded to tell me that my wife had asked that I call home, but that it was not an emergency. So, I got on the score complex phone and called her. The good news was that our adopted child would be a boy. Thank God for His goodness to an undeserving sinner.

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Jason’s Journal | Part 1 of 7

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[headline h=”1″]Introduction[/headline]

At the beginning of March, I had the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic with 32 other people; some for our church, others from other churches and some from Cedarville University. I have to admit, I had been on short term missions trips before and been fairly disappointed; I had an expectation that short term missions trips were a front row seat to what God was really doing in the world. This time, I tempered my expectations. Perhaps God wouldn’t show Himself through tongues of fire, though He could if He wanted to. What He did show me though was that He works in the Dominican Republic much like He works in Greenville, Ohio; through men and women submitted to Him, abiding in Him and bearing fruit accordingly (John 15).

While we were on our trip, I took the time to try my hand at journaling. I had my iphone and the notes app and would try to write down what I was thinking from time to time. Often, it would be on the bus ride back to our hotel or in the morning after finishing my time in the Word.

Regardless, I wanted to post those thoughts here. Admittedly, I had to go back and polish up some of the spelling and even make sure that what I was saying made sense. But, the point of it all is three-fold;

  1. I want to encourage those who are thinking about going to the DR.
  2. I want to remind our church (as I was reminded) that God doesn’t just work in Greenville, Ohio but all over the world
  3. I wanted to give a brief window into what Bob and Anna Nilsen (our missionaries in the DR) and the teams we send down every year are doing.

I hope that you enjoy what you read. I’ve posted the thoughts consecutively so that you can get a perspective on what is happening. We’ll be sure to spread the posts out over a 3 day period so as to not overwhelm the reader.

I hope that God continues to allow our church to enjoy these trips and see fruit from them. We don’t go to the DR to help an impoverished country get health care or have better facilities.  We go to the DR to see the gospel bear fruit (Col. 1:6)—in us and in them. I hope that you get that sense as you read.

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Operation Christmas Child: Fill a shoebox

We are collecting shoeboxes filled with toys for Operation Christmas Child. The deadline for shoeboxes will be the end of second service on November 11th. If your LIFEgroup is considering using this event as one of your outreach events, please contact the church office to see how you can get supplies to help you! If you are not familiar with the ministry, check out www.samaritanspurse.org/occ/ or call Pam Denniston at 692.5761.

We have provided resources below to assist you in packing your shoebox(s). In addition, brochures and supplies are available at the welcome center in the church narthex.

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[headline h=”6″]Toys[/headline]

Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.

[headline h=”6″]School Supplies[/headline]

Pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

[headline h=”6″]Hygiene Items[/headline]

Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.

[headline h=”6″]Other[/headline]

Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy0, mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

[headline h=”6″]A Personal Note[/headline]

In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. A coloring sheet is provided below for children to fill out. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)

[headline h=”6″]Do Not Include:[/headline]

Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food, out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

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[headline h=”3″]Coloring Pages[/headline]

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Have your kids color and fill out this two sided page that will tell the child receiving the shoebox a little information about them.

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[headline h=”3″]Shoebox Lables[/headline]

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Need labels for your shoebox(s)? Look no further, we’ve provided labels for you right here. Simply download, print, and tape to box!

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[headline h=”3″]Samaritan’s Purse[/headline]

Want to know more about Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child? Need more information on how to pack a shoebox? Would you like to track your shoebox(s) and see where they end up? Visit Operation Christmas Child online for more information.

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DR Missions Trip Support Opportunity

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On March 2-10, the Fourman Medical Team is taking a group from Grace, other area churches and students from Cedarville University to the Dominican Republic for a week long mission trip.  While there, they will be providing medical/dental and construction services to the people of the Dominican Republic and most importantly, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

While it is too late to get involved by going on this trip, it’s not too late to support their medical and missionary efforts.  There are a number of ways you can support this trip, most importantly through prayer.  Please be praying that God would be working in the lives of those that will be ministered to, that He would open hearts to hear the truth.  Pray for those going that they would be willing servants of Jesus Christ and pray that all would be done to the glory of God!

The team will be taking much needed supplies with them and are asking for your help in obtaining them.  The following are items that you can donate to support their efforts:

For our Missionaries in the the DR:

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  • Disposable Diapers (sizes 1-5)
  • Baby Wipes
  • White wash cloths
  • Bear Creek Soup Packets (cheddar, potato cheese, navy bean, wild rice)

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  • Pie Filling (peach, cherry, blueberry, pumpkin)
  • Disposable “Swimmers” (sizes 1-5)
  • AA/AAA Batteries
  • Shelled Pistachios (Bob Nilsen’s favorite)

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For Ministry Donation:

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  • Shampoo
  • Hair ornaments
  • Colorful stickers
  • Small toys

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  • Soap
  • Combs/brushes
  • Spanish coloring books
  • Pencils/pens

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Medical Supplies for our teams:

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  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Wal-Mart Equate Tussin DM & Tussin CG
  • Tylenol Cold (Equate brand is great)
  • Tums
  • Reading glasses
  • Any strength prescription glasses
  • Avery 5160 Labels (30 per page)

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  • Anti-fungal creams
  • Tylenol/Advil
  • Pepto Bismal tablets
  • Zantac
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Ziploc snack sized bags
  • Sharpies

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All donated items should be placed in the tubs (labeled ‘DR Trip Donations’) under the table in the narthex at Grace Church.  Deadline for donations is Sunday, February 26.

Dominican Republic Missions Update for 2011

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Dear Friends and Family,

What a blessing you have been to us this year. Anna and I have had an exciting year in 2011 in every way possible.

Medically, we were privileged to host the many medical teams that arrived to provide care and the gospel to people from all classes, but especially to the poor in the Dominican Republic. Our teamwork with the church planting team helps to gather crowds for the evangelism. We then return to the established churches to encourage the saints, time after time. It is Anna’s and my privilege to lead the medical evangelism team.

Full-Time Missionaries Include:

Bob and Anna Nilsen

Sadrac and Sarah Difren:  In addition to his Score work Sadrac has taken over his former church-(John 3:16 Church) as pastor when Miguel went home to be with the Lord.

Part Time Missionaries Include:

Dr. Tolentino

Tim and Evelyn Wolfe

Current Staff at the Clinic:

Jackie:  Nurse, assistant

Elsie:  Secretary, cleaning

Dr. Eugene and Fior Grazioli:  Optometrist

Volunteer Staff:

Dr. Fred Lang:  Ophthalmologist

Priscilla Strothers:  RN maternal child health

Facilities:

The Mike Fourman Medical/Dental Clinic located alongside the Score complex. This clinic is open weekly to the public. The clinic is finishing its fifth year of service to the local area.

Medical Clinic in the village of Monte Cristy. This is owned by the local Baptist Church, but we have been given use of it. We are currently using it for storage and to bring teams in 3 or 4 times a year. When medical missionary staffing increases we will open the clinic during the week on a regular basis.

Medical Storage Facility:  This is located in the village of Monte Cristy and is owned by the local Baptist church, although we have exclusive use of it. This is used for the storage of food and medical supplies, as well as other Score supplies, in order to improve the quality of nutrition and medical care in the DR, as well as to open doors for the gospel.

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The Nursing Home in the village of Monty Cristy:  This is owned by the local Baptist Church, but we send multiple teams there, treat patients on a monthly basis, schedule surgeries for other persons living there, supply them with medicine, and try to improve the general conditions of the facility.

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The Years Work at a Glance:

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  • We worked with 13 medical teams in the DR.
  • 1 surgical team came and operated in our area.
  • Anna and I worked with 5 different church teams that are totally separate from the other strictly medical teams.
  • 6 High Schools were involved in medical missions with us in 2011.
  • 3 different teams provided much needed Dental care under our direction.
  • In addition, 4 universities sent teams that labored with us in the DR.
  • In total, more than 577 persons were involved in medical missions with Score and Anna and I.
  • These teams treated more than 8,113 patients out in the villages.
  • The teams filled more than 32,460 prescriptions!
  • In what is becoming an expanding ministry, more than 517 pairs of glasses were distributed.
  • Spiritually, more than 1,342 professions of faith were made through the preaching of the gospel.
  • In addition, we provided the primary medical care for all the teams (nearly 4,000 persons) and missionaries in the DR.

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Mike Fourman Clinic (next to the Ministry Center)

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  • We saw 992 patients and filled: 3,698 prescriptions.
  • Maternal Child Health patients: 77
  • Eye patients seen in the clinic: 314 (We now have a fully equipped optical center!)
  • Anna assists with the pharmacy services at the clinic and continues to sew for various persons and other parts of the various ministries. Anna works with the Ladies Bible Study providing crafts for them to make. She makes hand sewn items to be sold to raise funds for the Lily House.

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I had the privilege of teaching or preaching more than 83 times in 2011. These included teaching in the Training Point church planting ministry with Score; as English pastor at the Missionary Baptist Church in Juan Dolio; in various other churches; and with the GAP programs in the Missionary Training Center.

Truly, we can do all things, through him that strengthens us’.

NEW DOORS TO BE OPENED; NEW LABORERS IN THE HARVEST; NEW CHALLANGES TO BE FACED; GOD’S KINGDOM TO BE ADVANCED:

PRE-FIELD MSSIONARIES: These are persons whom our Lord has laid it on the hearts to labor in His harvest in the Dominican Republic.

Bill and Sally Hilchey:  Language school and deputation. Duties yet to be assigned. Para medic trained.

Frank and Jo Ogle and family:  Deputation.  Duties yet to be assigned. Organization and translation.

In addition, Jackie, Elsie, and Dr Grazioli and his wife Fior are considering more full-time status with Score as missionaries.

Elsie will be heading our new ministry-Manos Limpias y Corazon Puro, the new cleaning ministry at the large public health hospital nearby.

Keila Fenton:  a long time friend and helper of the medical ministry of Score International recently graduated from Dental School and will soon join the staff of the medical evangelism ministry.

Priscilla Strothers:  Praying about a teaming up with the Training Point discipleship program and providing training for first reponders in multiple villages.

Priscilla Strothers and Jackie:  Praying about a breast screening training program in villages, again using the Training Point discipleship program as a partner. It has been one of our great pleasures to partner with Aby and Gladys and family in the discipleship programs.

In preparing for these many changes the Mike Fourman Clinic is undergoing a massive remodeling and transformation!

Additional Prayer requests

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  • Full-time medical doctor so we can expand to the next level medically, as well as, begin retraining Dominican doctors.
  • Full-time registered nurse so we can expand to the next level and begin training or retraining Dominican nurses.
  • Medical van
  • Medical trailer.
  • Remodeling of the storage building.

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Please pray, as we look forward to future ministry advances. 2012 promises to be an exciting year in the fields of the Lord!

Anna and I are thankful for our Lord’s faithfulness through you in 2011. Our current support level stands at 65%. This coming year is our 40th anniversary and we are planning on spending 2 additional months in the US (total-August thru November). Please pray as we maintain two residences for 4 months at the end of 2012. In Addition, because we lead this ministry we incur additional expenses in insuring it is maintained. We would love to be used by our God to open other countries for medical evangelism as well. All of this comes thru the gracious provision of our Father and your supply.

Please consider supporting one of the missionaries, by name, so that we can either stay on the field or others may arrive on the field and continue the harvest in Jesus Name.

Bob and Anna Nilsen

Bob Nilsen
Director of Medical Evangelism
Score International
Dominican Republic

New Dominican Medical Ministry

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[headline h=”2″]New Ministry in the Dominican Republic[sub_title]Manos Limpio, Corazon Puro. (Clean Hands, Pure Heart.)[/sub_title][/headline]

It is with great joy that Anna and I announce to you the formation and launching of a new aspect of Score’s medical ministry here in the Dominican Republic.

All hospitals world wide experience infection rates due to microorganisms that exist inside the hospitals.  Patients enter the health care facility and contact these microbes and then are even sicker than when they entered, these are called nosicomial infections.

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Given the lack of resources in personnel and finances that exist in the public health care system in the DR, despite the best efforts of the staff, infections are a continuing problem, as the are in the US.  The amount of microorganisms that are being passed around from staff to patients, patient to patient, and patient to staff needs to be reduced in order to improve the overall health care in the country.

By God’s grace we are launching a new medical ministry called:  Manos Limpio, Corazon Puro.  English:  Clean hands, pure heart.  This is taken from Psalm 24.

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Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. – Psalm 24:3-4

Phase One

We have organized a volunteer force, utilizing local San Pedro area churches, to enter the Antonio Musa Public Health Hospital in San Pedro to come along side the staff there and clean the hospital ona weekly basis.  Elsie, Dr. Tolentino, and myself presented the new ministry recently and it was accepted enthusiastically and completely by all of the administration and department heads. Score medical is providing the supervision and the churches are supplying the staffing to simply clean the floors, chairs, beds, equipment, walls, (all the normal stuff patients and families contact) on a weekly basis.  We will be utilizing disinfectants and good ole soap and water in order to reduce the microorganism load and the resultant infections that occurs in this facility.  We all remember the ‘candy stripers’ utilized in many of our hospitals, our volunteers will wear a covering smock that Anna is making to identify them with the phrase:  “Manos limpio (on one side) Corazon puro (on the other side).

American teams can help by bringing disposable supplies like dishwashing gloves (small, medium, and large)(we’re going to need a lot of these), scrub brushes (plastic with a handle for scrubbing beds, lots), toilet brushes, Mister Clean………., new empty spray bottles (20-24 oz size), a few putty knives,  small fiberous dish scrubers, etc. We also need protective medical eye glasses to use while spraying, as well as, disposible masks for spraying.   Cleaning cloths for wiping are needed also (lots of these also).  We can also use anticeptic wipes to clean surfaces (in bulk containers, not individually wrapped).

We will need a half dozen or so brand new plastic garden sprayers to spray the walls and beds with as well.

With a short training class just before, US teams will be allowed to participate in the new ministry of cleaning in the hospital as well.  The new ministry will involve no direct patient care, only cleaning, however spiritual ministry is part of the process.

The projected start date for Phase One is spring of 2012.

Phase Two

Each Dominican church will provide a ‘spiritual encourager’-chaplain in our terminology.  Phase two will begin at the same time as phase one.  We expect to have dozens of cleaning volunteers and multiple chapains in this hospital on a weekly basis involving dozens of churches.

We expect to begin in the spring of 2012.  We need the time between now and then to get organized, train the volunteers, and gather the supplies.

Phase Three

Phase three involves hand washing supplies, as that continues to be an issue in the DR, US, and  around the world.  We hope to finalize these plans next year with implementation in 2013.  Although, MUSA personnel requested we begin this one first!!  It’s that big a problem.  This will involve the installation of antiseptic dispensers in all patient care areas of the hospital and then keeping them refilled on a weekly basis.

Phase Four

Phase four will involve replacing bed mattresses with new ones and will begin at the same time as phase three or shortly after.  MUSA again requested we begin this immediately as well!

This entire plan was enthusiastically endorsed by the staff and leadership of the hospital.  MUSA has a service area of over 2 million people and is the largest hospital on the eastern side of the island.  They are eager for us to begin.

Elsie Hodge, our secretary and cleaning person, is my assistant in this new ministry and when fully operational will be financed, run, and staffed by all Dominicans.

There will be an initial financial outlay that is not covered by the Dominican Churches and we ask that you pray about this as well.  There are many new pieces of equipment and initial supplies, etc.

Please pray for this new ministry as the state of the health care here is very poor, despite the efforts of the Dominican hospital staff.  We want to come along side them, not in a critical manner, but in Christian love and service and improve the health care of the country.  The Dominican volunteers will be improving their own health care by reducing the infections in a hospital they themselves will be using.  They will also serve as an example of Christian love for others who are hurting.  This will also provide an additional ministry outlet for many individuals in the churches.
The amount of organization required by us is immense (as the number of volunteers could as many as a hundred!) and time consuming, please pray that our Lord will by glorified thru this new gospel effort.

Bob and Anna

Bob Nilsen is Director of Medical Evangelism at SCORE International, Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic.

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Gracehaven seeks through Christian love to provide shelter and rehabilitation to girls under the age of 18 who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation, and to raise awareness among young women about the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) in order to educate and equip them so that they can avoid becoming victims themselves. We are in the process of completing the renovation of a house outside Columbus Ohio where we desire to establish a comprehensive integrated long term rehabilitation program for girls in Ohio who have been victimized by domestic minor sex trafficking. We are seeking this award in order to be able to hire and train the staff necessary to open our house.



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Nilsen Update: Blessings

Now is a very busy time for Bob with many teams coming one right after another, along with combining people from different groups to form a team. As I type, Bob is on the way to the airport to welcome a medical team.

Right now we have 3 medical interns, so they are helping Bob with much of the organization before the team arrives and then the cleanup after they leave. There isn’t much turnover time right now, so Bob’s really appreciating the help. They all have great attitudes and a willingness to serve.

My energy is returning…Praise the LORD. The thyroid med is finally kicking in and I feel so much better. We realized this week that since we have lived in this apartment, I have NOT had the almost perpetual sore throat, swollen glands and muscle aches I had in the former apartment. It feels so wonderful not to be sick and miserable most of the time. I still have a few ‘off’ days but nothing like this winter. Praise God!

This apartment has been such a blessing…especially with the high temps setting in. We usually have a breeze and only use fans at night for sleeping. Now if we could just eliminate the pesky mosquitos that came with the rain a couple weeks ago.!
Our plans are to arrive in Greenville on August 2 and be in the States into the 1st week of October. We both are ready for a break. Of course, reuniting with family will be wonderful. ~that includes our Greenville Grace family!!!!

In His service,
~anna~
for both of us

Praises from the Dominican Republic!

Bob & Anna Nilsen, Missionaries to the Dominican Republic

Bob has been fighting an infection in his leg, that at one point looked like it had gone into the bone. Praise God, it was not in the bone and Bob was able to incise and drain it. It is now responding to antibiotics and healing nicely. Praise the Great Physician!

Many of you have been praying for Bob’s brother, Dennis, who was diagnosed with cancer a while back. Last night (Saturday) we received word that Dennis had gone home to the LORD. Dennis loved his Jesus and was ready to go…He told Bob a few weeks ago that he would save a seat for Bob when he got there! So Dennis spent his first day in the presence of our Savior today! Praise the Great Redeemer!

Please pray for Bob as he prepares for a memorial service for Dennis in 2 weeks in Warsaw, IN. It most likely will be the weekend of May 7th-8th. Not sure which day yet.

We have a med team arriving the end of this week. Bob will give them their med orientation, go out with them on Monday and then fly to Dayton either Tuesday or Wednesday. He’ll be in the States probably a week. Praise the LORD that we are now in an apartment where I feel comfortable staying while he is gone. Praise the Great Provider!