Our partnership with GO Ministries in the Dominican Republic goes far beyond our twice a year visits. Luis and Reina Vargas are much more than missionaries we support. They are family. The people of the La Mosca are part of our church family. This is a year-round partnership that doesn’t stop simply because we are back in Boston.
Recently GO shared an amazing follow-up story on our trip this past summer that demonstrates this idea perfectly – They share a story of a young man in the community who came to one of the medical clinics our team, and specifically, our Elder candidate, Jose Pagan, held during our trip this past summer. Here is his story:
“He sat broken, head down, eyes focused on the cracked concrete below his plastic chair as he waited patiently for help. He didn’t realize Hope was just around the corner. Jimmy is a Haitian immigrant living in Cien Fuegos (100 Fires), one of Santiago’s main garbage dumps. He etches out survival by doing electric work; something he was accomplished at in his home country but unrecognized across the border where he hoped to use his skills to help his family survive back in Haiti. After a successful electric job in the community, he asked to get paid and the man mocked him. When he asked again the man and a friend took machetes and violently attacked him leaving deep wounds in his arms as he protected himself and legs as his injured body crumpled to the ground. Miraculously, he survived. The emergency room stitched his wounds, but he was unable to afford the needed antibiotics and follow up care. He arrived at one of our remote clinics in La Mosca a couple of weeks later. Body broken. Spirit despaired. His wounds infected. His tendons cut through leaving his once skilled hands limp. I looked on as a doctor serving with the Reunion Christian Church medical team from Boston cared for his wounds. He and a nurse spent an hour carefully examining and cleaning each wound. When the American doctor left, his care did not. Because we partner with local leaders, Pastor Luis Vargas agreed to bring him to the daily clinic once a week for follow up care. Our doctor and nurses are caring for his wounds each week. We watched on as not only his wounds healed, but his heart healed as well. Restoring not only his body to physical health but his spirit to hope again after such a traumatic attack.”
We continue to pray for this young man and are thankful for the ongoing love and support he is receiving from our partners, Luis and Reina.
If you are interested in joining us in the partnership or to join our upcoming February trip, check out reunioninthedr.com for more info!