VICENTE GUERRERO, MX: The team met at the San Diego Airport before heading across the border, but they couldn’t find Laura, their teammate who was coming from China. Barry called her cell phone and found she was close by, a small dark haired woman wearing a large white hat. The day after arriving at the orphanage, Laura’s roommate came to Barry, the team leader, concerned. “She’s not Christian,” she said. This was a mission trip, after all. Barry advised her not to tell anyone else and to treat her as she would anyone else. In other words, “Don’t be preachy.” In their conversations, they learned that Laura had learned about Christianity on the internet, and was interested in knowing what it was about. The team attended devotionals every morning with the orphanage staff, and on Wednesday, she asked to give her heart to God. “Everything I read online was true,” she said, “I see the love that Christians have for one another, and their compassion for the poor.”
Dr Laura Saves the Day They didn’t know it at first, but Laura is a medical doctor, and good thing, too! The week after she arrived, the long-time doctor at the orphanage left. This would have left their clinic in a bind, but God is faithful and brought Dr. Laura in at just the right time. She had planned on staying just the week—as most do on our STO outreaches. But she decided to stay an extra month. When Barry was there last week, she said she had decided to stay another month, maybe longer. With the Visa she now has, she can stay a maximum of six months.
At the beginning of last week, Barry met Miria, a 22-year old woman holding a week-old baby. She was sitting on the curb, crying. She had come to see the doctor, but she was not in. Her baby boy Alejandro had a severe cleft palate and could not nurse, could not even breathe through his nose. She had been feeding him with an eye dropper, but he was steadily losing weight. Barry gave her a special bottle from the clinic that is made for babies with this condition, and offered to take her home. Her home was a cardboard shack with a tarp for a roof and a dirt floor, in an undeveloped area with no water or electricity.
The next morning, Barry found her again, crying on the same curb. “Have you seen the doctor?” he asked. “Yes,” she sobbed. “The doctor says I can’t keep the baby at home, in such dirty conditions, or he won’t be able to have the operation he needs.” Dr. Laura had arranged for an appointment with a doctor in Ensenada on November 5, but the baby would have to stay healthy until then. Miria was at a loss. She had nowhere else to go, and no other way to help her baby boy.
On the way back to her home, Barry thought of Dorothy, a friend who ran a home for abused women. There were women there with infants, so he called her to ask if she could take in another baby. The answer was a resounding “Yes!” Miria can stay as well, and her husband can visit. He cannot stay there because of the nature of the home.
Dorothy will care for Miria and Alejandro, and take them to their doctor visit in Ensenada November 5th.
At the end of August, our Short Term Outreach staff took a team down to serve in the orphanage run by Foundation For His Ministry (FFHM).