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Alex Dearing’s Baptism Testimony

This is not the first time I will have been baptized.  I was baptized about 10 years ago but I feel like I didn’t know what it meant to be a Christian.  I know now that God doesn’t protect you from bad things but instead puts you through them to strengthen your relationship with him.

I grew up in a Christian home and always went to Sunday school and didn’t think much about heaven or hell.  I realize that we also live through a hell on this earth that is covered in sin.

When I was entering the sixth grade, I was at my weakest in my relationship with God, my parents split and new temptations had come to me.  After that terrible year I didn’t think anything was gonna get better and I wasn’t looking towards God for the answer.

During my first year at the Junior High, kids started getting into new things like parties where they relied on drugs and alcohol.  I avoided it because I was scared and I didn’t know what to do because I was alone.

Then something happened halfway through my 7th grade year, my cousin, Ike Sowers, invited me to youth group here at the church.  I didn’t know what to think but I thought I would give it a try to get him off my back.  I went and it was the first time I met Matt Strader who didn’t make a good first impression being a Michigan and Florida Gators fan.  If you ask anyone at youth (especially Matt or Justin Palmer) they will tell you that I was a complete spaz in Junior High and even my freshman year, but when I reached my sophomore year after going on a few trips with the youth, I realized that I shouldn’t go to youth to hang out with friends, I should go to let my faith and my relationship with Christ grow.

These past couple years have made a huge impact on my life, especially now that I feel called to ministry After getting into the Word with youth group, church, guys I meet with, and just myself reading and learning, then praying and asking God for guidance and wisdom, I realize that it isn’t anything that I do that saves me.  It is only because I believe that an all powerful, merciful God sent His only Son, born of a virgin to live the perfect life that I could not [live] and then sent Him to die and even die on the cross.

I know that I have a lot to learn and I want to learn everything I can about my Savior so that I can tell others that they don’t have to go through the suffering of hell and share with them that we can’t be perfect, but then again we don’t have to be because of Jesus.  God has asked us to do one thing and that is to make disciples of all nations which will bring glory and honor to Him.  I know that what I’m doing here today isn’t what is saving me but it is a way to show to all of you that I have trusted in Jesus Christ.  As I continue to grow in Christ, I will need each of you, the children of God, to remind me to be humble and keep me accountable.

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of your who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male nor female, for you are all one in Jesus Christ.  If you belong to Christ then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to promise.” – Galatians 3:26-29

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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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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The EDGE: Don’t Waste Your Sports

This morning at The EDGE, we watched C.J. Mahaney’s message titled, “Don’t Waste Your Sports.” C.J. starts out by looking at 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” He explains that sports are a gift from God and as such should be played to His glory.

Don’t Waste Your Sports is for athletes, parents, and coaches. It provides a biblical worldview of sports so that we don’t waste this gift. “I had the opportunity to glorify God in my sports,” C.J. writes, “and I fumbled it. I wasted my sports. You have the opportunity, by the grace of God, not to waste yours.”

If you were not able to be with us this morning, wish to view it again or share with other athletes, coaches and parents, we have provided the video below.

 

Don’t Waste Your Sports from Sovereign Grace Ministries on Vimeo.

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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

Crystal Fourman’s Testimony

All my life I have been searching for something, I didn’t know what. I was always trying to fill this void in my life with everything you can think of from relationships and material things to drugs. Nothing ever satisfied me. It was great for a little while but then the exitement would wear off and I would move on to the next thing. I didn’t realize until this past summer that Jesus Christ was all I ever needed, he filled that void inside of me.What I was searching for was my soul and he alone made me alive inside. I know now that I was spiritually dead in my sin and I needed a Savior. When Jesus went to the cross for me he took my sin with him and I have been forgiven. I am a witness to his resurrection because I feel the Holy Spirit alive inside of me. I no longer have to carry my shame or guilt of my past life because I have been born again In Christ. By the grace of GOD I have been choosen and will someday live eternally with my precious Father in heaven.

Rachel Wright’s Testimony

I’m getting baptized because I believe in Christ and want everyone to know. To me, getting baptized means telling everyone that I love Jesus and want to follow Him. A few months, I was starting to doubt that Jesus was real. I talked to one of my teachers and she said to keep believing. Then, I started praying about it and God helped me to have faith. I believe that Jesus is my Savior and He is the only way to heaven. I believe Jesus had to die for our sins or we would have to die. I also believe Jesus is God’s Son and died and rose three days later. I’m thankful God has given us His grace so, if we believe, we can go to heaven.

Nilsen Update

Bob flies out tomorrow (Wednesday) for the States. His total time in layovers equals his total airtime = 7 hours 50 minutes! Please be in prayer for the connections, safety and his back (it doesn’t like airline seats.)

Friday he heads to Warsaw for his brother’s memorial on Saturday at 4PM. Please be in prayer for this time. Bob is happy (he says Jealous!) that Dennis is in Heaven, but obviously sad that he no longer has his brother here.

I will remain in the DR while he is gone. With the new apartment that the LORD has provided us, I feel comfortable with staying alone.

Thank you for your many emails and prayers!

Bob & Anna Nilsen

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!