are too many people I need to report to for me to
write individually. Please know that as I seal each
of these letters I am thinking of you and thankful
for your interest.
Ministries Review of 2005
has been the most productive year of ministry since
I began doing medical missions. God has blessed
me with good health and sufficient funds to make
nine out of country trips. I wish I had time and
space to give a detailed report on each trip, but
such is not the case.
I spoke at the Medical Missions Seminar in
Dallas. This is always a time of great fellowship
I worked in Cebu, Babag, Tagaytay and Manila, Philippines.
This was my fifth trip to the Philippines and it
almost seems like going home. We have many friends
there and they always are a great team to work with.
I worked in south India helping with the tsuanami
relief. I was able to get an India Visa while in
Manila, so the travel was much cheaper than it would
have been if I had come home. I cannot describe
the memories I have of the devastation there. What
burns in my mind most vividly was the lostness
of the people. They had once worshipped the sea,
taken their living from it and their children played
on the shores. After the tsunami they were afraid
to go near the ocean and many believed their god
was very angry with them.
truck loads of supplies (blankets, mats, cooking
pots, rice, oil, pickles, stoves etc) were provided
by Caris Foundation. Dr. Carroll Osbourn, the Executive
Director of Caris, and I distributed supplies to
four villages and one orphans home. We could
not have found a better working partner than Dr.
Alexander and the Phillips Hospital staff. We estimated
that about 500 families were helped in this way.
26 March 13
I traveled with Jim Karl and the T.E.A.R.S.
team from the Lake Jackson Church of Christ to Nias,
Indonesia. Nias was one of the most devastated areas
following the great tsunami. We conducted clinics
in remote villages and at the Lukas Hospital. The
crowds were so large that it got to be a dangerous
situation. We treated hundreds of patients, but
there were about 2,000 in line when we arrived at
the clinic each morning and we could only treat
500 each day. Many of the workers suffered from
dehydration and heat stroke. This was the most difficult
trip of my life. I worked every day and didnt
get sick, but it took longer to recover from this
trip than most.