This article originally appeared in Scalpel's Edge Issue 17
A feature article from our Scalpel's Edge Issue 19
Take a trip down memory lane as some of our team members share their experience of a trip to Peru!
Take a sneek peek at the inner working of our christian medical mission!
I have been impressed by the calling on our lives … a calling to humble ourselves like little children so that we might know the joy of being in the presence of Jesus … the kingdom of heaven … a place where authority, peace, and purpose for life abound (Matthew 18).
Today marked two weeks since our last team operated on a patient. With two weeks of healing behind them, patients came to our first of four follow up clinics to have stitches removed, xrays examined, and a prescription for the next four weeks given to them. What a delight to see the hand of God at work as stitches were removed revealing healthy skin covering the work that our surgical teams accomplished below in the bones. Still a lot of healing that must take place before restoration is pronounced, but these dear folks are well on their way to once again having full use of their limbs.
The walkway between our apartment here in the jungle and our main guest house we lovingly call “Jungle Bunks” or JB for short … is a continually changing pathway … though you would not be aware of those changes unless one awakened you through one of your senses. Some of the changes happen oh, so slowly … these changes might develop as termites attack and create homes hidden deeply in some crevasse of the wooden walkway. Slowly, but surely, they eat away at the strength of the walkway structure ... eventually causing some portion, in weakness, to fail.
How we celebrate this season! For those who love Jesus and the hope His birth, life, death, and resurrection promise for eternity, we rejoice with you. Let us encourage one another in the faith...as long as it is called today. For those who don't consider a Savior, we pray that this would be the year you would learn to treasure Him and enjoy His love
for you. From our house to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
Friday was to be a day of travel ... by car ... up into the mountains with a friend ... for several reasons. The one I was looking forward to the most was time with this friend … time to talk … time to share in each others lives. But a strike of sorts closed the road to thru traffic … there is only one road … on to a different plan for the day.
The young pastor moved slowly off his hospital bed and stood looking down. I wondered why he was gazing downward. Without lifting his head, he said, “This is the first time in 14 years that I have looked down and found my knees to be level with each other.”
Laurie, Lyndi, and I returned to Peru almost a month ago. The transition back has felt like we never left. We were welcomed back to our jungle home with many familiar critters greeting us on our walkway and around the house.
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2Co 5:14-15)
Laurie, Lyndi and I are back in the USA for the months of June and July. We arrived back a day before Mitchell’s graduation from Calvin College in Civil Engineering. It was a delight to share that time with him and his friends there in Grand Rapids, MI. He begins an engineering job this June and will continue to make Grand Rapids his home. We are amazed at and thankful for the blessing of God upon his life.
This past Saturday we celebrated Easter as a mission community with many of our South America Mission (SAM) friends and neighbors. It was a wonderful time of listening to one another, speaking words that encourage, and of course, enjoying wonderful food.
A call to prayer as we head into our first medical team to Peru in 2016!
What delight to spend Christmas here in Peru ... and with our children ... most of them!
There was much rejoicing at the success of the medical operations
as our team and the medical staff of the hospital worked
together. In the next few months, we will follow up with
each of these patients … pursuing the healing of what was
repaired and pursuing the opportunity to share the hope of
life offered in following Jesus.
Contentment always springs from faith … it will continually involve a fight to live and think from the perspective of trust in One we cannot see … One we believe in based on his promises and by the power of his Spirit working in us.
Connecting with the patients who have benefited from Scalpel surgeries gives insight into needy lives and hearts.
Arriving with a Scalpel Team, the Porch Family are on the ground in Peru.
Hi Friends! We are one week away from a July 31st departure! It seems surreal until we look around and see the boxes and bits of our lives being packed away or taken along in trunks.
The 31st of July, our departure date, is fast approaching. God has called us to this new venture for the kingdom, and we are eager to go and begin the work. Initiating new aspects of ministry influence is part of how the Lord has chosen to orient our life.
This past Sunday evening, Laurie and I presented a skit to our church, Jubilee, to help them visualize the hats we will wear in this new role with Scalpel At The Cross in Peru. It was humorous and yet sobering as we put back on the hat of language and culture learning for this new context.
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