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The 2007 Mission to the Dominican Republic

This is the report for the Ninth Dominican Republic mission trip which took place on March 9th - March 18th, to San Pedro de Marcois. We are blessed to share with all of you the work of the team as they brought Healing, Comfort and Hope, to some of the world’s poorest people and we know that this would not have been possible without your contributions, your prayers, your support and your enthusiasm!

This year’s 2007 team lead spiritually by The Rev. Blair Biddle, Deacon Vicar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church consisted of 24 member medical team. To compliment and work along side the medical team, two people worked on a pure water project to bring education and do hands on work on an existing water purification system already present in Buen Pastor. The medical team consisted of 2 MDs, 1 CNP, 1 RPT, 5 RN’s 1 Audiologist, 1 Pharmacist, 2 translators, a prayer team and support persons (ages 14 and up), who traveled to the barrios (slums) of Gautier and Las Flores and in and around the city of San Pedro de Marcois. The Medical Team saw an average of 130 - 140 patients each day treating a gamut of illnesses including skin rashes, ear/throat infections, high blood pressure, upper respiratory infections, major infections of hands and feet,, and "gripe" or flu. Our audiologist fit 30 high powered hearing aids at a local school for deaf children in San Pedro de Marcois and 20 more at Buen Pastor.

However the majority of illness was caused by water born intestinal parasites causing diarrhea which leads to severe dehydration especially in infants, small children and the elderly. The Pure Water Team members saw patients in Gautier who suffered from water born parasites educating them about the importance of clean water and it’s role in prevention of sickness. They also educated key community leaders to arrange for the distribution of an inexpensive/simple water purification system and we plan to send 200 of the home units in May. In Buen Pastor they were able to hook up and begin to run the filtration system that had been put into place by another church team prior to our arrival.

Spiritual healing took place at the medical sites as each patient left the clinic being given the gift of a small cross and being anointed and blessed by our prayer team.

As in years past our clergy were invited to share in leading several very moving worship services along side the Dominican clergy, one of the most favorite experiences for many of the team members.

The Dominican Republic Mission Team 2007, once again thanks you for your generous donations, your support and your prayers. This mission has continued to grow because of the support of so many in our community and beyond!

It is truly one of our richest blessings to be able to share the greatest gift of all, God’s Love.

For More information
Contact Robin Baxter
St. Eustace Church

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