Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Health Care and Missions Challenge

Medical care is different all around the world. It doesn't matter where you are, a hospital is one of the places you most don't want to be. Hospital food is...well, tasteless. And those gowns... Getting a doctor's attention is sometimes difficult, if not impossible.

In spite of all that you may hear about the U.S. healthcare system, it rates as one of the best in the world. I've been learning a lot about the health care system here. Let me walk you through the last couple days with Miguel and Iris.

On Monday, Miguel re-injured his back. He had x-rays taken and some medical care was received about 2 1/2 years ago. Now, the pain is back.

I don't have time to mention everything...but I'll start with this. On Tuesday and Wednesday I picked up a sore Miguel and Iris and took them to a local clinic, so that could wait and get a ficha, or pass, to see the doctor that day. Only 50 or 100 are given out, depending on the clinic and the day. You better get there early, or...well, you have to get their early tomorrow. After being mis-diagnosed at a larger hospital in Mexico City on Wednesday, they returned with another pass (from the local clinic) giving them the right to ask for an appointment with the trauma department at the same bigger hospital. We went yesterday. The appointment is for November 15. What to do? Live with the pain until then.

I'm preparing my sermon for Sunday. We're taking a break from Mark this week in order to focus on missions. We're going to have a commissioning service for David Gómez this Sunday, with the first church also present. Sometimes we don't talk about missions as much as perhaps we should. But we need to...we need to challenge both the local church here and the Mexican church in general to do their Jesus-mandated part in world evangelism.

Below...George Verwer with his new and improved globe, challenging Moody students about the nations of the world.

Quote of the Day: “If you will here stop and ask yourselves why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you, that is is neither through ignorance nor inability, but purely because you never thoroughly intended it.” ― William Law

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