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Engel - International Ministries The latest from Kristy Engel https://internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel.rss Spring 2017 Updates <table class="OuterBGColor" bgcolor="#E6E6E6" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="font-family: Helvetica; background-color: rgb(230, 230, 230); margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td class="HideInMobile" rowspan="1" colspan="1"><img height="5" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="1" alt="" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/sys/S.gif"></td><td class="MainWidth" valign="top" width="630" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="width: 630px;"><div class="MaxMainWidth" align="center" style="margin-left: auto; max-width: 630px; margin-right: auto;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td class="BodyPadding" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 15px 5px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td class="TopMargin" valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 0px 0px 8px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td class="SpacerHeight" height="1" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding-bottom: 9px; line-height: 1px; height: 1px;"><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" alt="" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/sys/S.gif" style="display: block; height: 1px; width: 5px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td class="OuterBorderColor OuterBorder" bgcolor="#403F42" valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="background-color: rgb(64, 63, 66); padding: 10px;"><table class="InnerBGColor" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><tbody><tr><td class="EmailContainer" valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 0px;"><table class="OuterBorderColor" bgcolor="#403F42" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK2" style="background-color: rgb(255, 236, 153);"><tbody><tr><td class="PreheaderContent PreheaderText" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 8px 20px 9px; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><div class="PreheaderText" style="font-size: 9pt;"><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;">"Do what you can, with what you've got, in the moment you're given."</div><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table bgcolor="#78D0E7" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK3" style="background-color: rgb(120, 208, 231);"><tbody><tr><td class="Logo OuterText" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 15px 20px;"><table class="OneColumnMobile" width="560" data-padding-converted="true" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="center"><tbody><tr><td width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 0px;"><div align="center"><a class="imgCaptionAnchor" track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001dI2cXlYlVW7A8st-2yGvpywk10SvESll-KH6V7DGBNkX862RHzdq6a6Zd4j8bKlFDJmzYKSFgJGQBoy3ti6zxd7VATwAArfxcTEVlJ74nQ92Mw99d0bMoSdxpiSszjoKTckCuA9p83lymg7NBe9-zJGtZrOZnXBay54noewVC6vVnkPAtinvnDzaqa38BgBfTQsOkGnYlnRCyK_3Bgyj0w==&amp;c=asdtVySqcZESQw4f6nwTbdii6Lz51xB_UiWeFOpoBXlbbBbp31RAvA==&amp;ch=ibbQOt5H5FIjHv0ATnJpBrC3GBtwhMyEelIOwj-ZLDC_hkmQ28QyDg==" alt="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel" target="_blank"><img vspace="0" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.374" hspace="0" width="560" src="http://files.constantcontact.com/6304f927001/fba22053-5abd-44ee-bf2f-85e788b982c4.jpg" style="display: block; max-width: 100%; height: auto !important;"></a></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK18"><tbody><tr><td class="HeadlineContent HeadlineText" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="padding: 8px 20px 9px; color: rgb(9, 163, 186); font-weight: bold; font-size: 18pt; font-family: Arial;">Spring 2017 News and Updates</td></tr></tbody></table><table bgcolor="#CCFFCC" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK19" style="background-color: rgb(204, 255, 204);"><tbody><tr><td class="Content MainText" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="padding: 8px 20px 9px; color: rgb(64, 63, 66); font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">It has been awhile since I have given you an update on my travels and what I've been doing around the world so I wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the great things happening with this ministry. Read below and click on the links for further information!<br></td></tr></tbody></table><table bgcolor="#FFFFAC" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK20" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 172);"><tbody><tr><td class="Content" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 8px 20px 9px;"><table class="ButtonBGColor" bgcolor="#403F42" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="background-color: rgb(64, 63, 66); border-top-left-radius: 0px; border-top-right-radius: 0px; border-bottom-right-radius: 0px; border-bottom-left-radius: 0px; width: auto !important;"><tbody><tr><td class="ButtonContent" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="background-color: rgb(120, 208, 231); padding: 9px 15px 10px;"><div class="ButtonText" style="font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://kristynurse.wixsite.com/kristynurse2017">Visit My Website</a></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="CC_Divider" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="margin: 0px auto;"><tbody><tr><td class="DividerPadding" valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 8px 20px 9px; line-height: 1px; height: 1px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="height: 1px;"><tbody><tr><td class="DividerHeight DividerBGColor" height="1" bgcolor="#403F42" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="background-color: rgb(64, 63, 66); padding-bottom: 0px; line-height: 1px; height: 1px;"><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" alt="" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/sys/S.gif" style="display: block; height: 1px; width: 5px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table bgcolor="#CCFFCC" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK22" style="background-color: rgb(204, 255, 204);"><tbody><tr><td class="ArticlePadding MainText" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="padding: 8px 20px 9px; color: rgb(64, 63, 66); font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"><table class="OneColumnMobile" width="220" data-padding-converted="true" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="right" style="margin-left: 5px;"><tbody><tr><td class="SpacerImageContainer mobile-hidden" height="1" valign="top" width="5" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding-left: 15px; padding-bottom: 10px; line-height: 1px; height: 1px;"><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" class="SpacerImage" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/sys/S.gif"></td><td class="RightImage" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 0px 0px 10px;"><div align="center"><img height="128" vspace="0" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.376" hspace="0" width="220" src="http://files.constantcontact.com/6304f927001/9a41f5c7-b7ed-4cf1-a5a3-903f827d5f88.jpg" style="display: block; height: auto !important;"></div></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="ArticleHeadlineText" style="color: rgb(9, 163, 186); font-weight: bold; font-size: 14pt;">Symbiosis Bangladesh</div><div><br>January 2017 was a time of celebration and recognition for all that Symbiosis had accomplished in the prior year. I was honored to be invited to participate in that celebration, after making my first visit to Bangladesh with colleagues, Walt and Jeannine White, in the spring of 2016. It was during the time of celebration that I learned more about how Symbiosis Bangladesh works with partners and the local community to encourage development, sustainable practices, health, education and collaboration. They do all of this with gentleness, love and the understanding of Jesus' mission to reach some of the most marginalized and ignored people in their world. The celebration was also a time of music, dance, song and reuniting with friends I had made on my first visit. I even joined in a tug-of-war with fellow visitors from Australia as we learned that the Bengali women know how to make it more difficult...you sit down and stay put! All of the meals and conversations were lively and although it was a quick trip, there was a lot of conversation about return visits and future health care projects. I hope to continue nurturing this relationship and would ask for your prayers for those who work so hard against such daunting odds in Bangladesh. You can learn more about Symbiosis Bangladesh by clicking the link below:</div><div><br><font color="#3366ff"><a href="http://symbiosis-int.org">Symbiosis Bangladesh</a></font></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="CC_Divider" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="margin: 0px auto;"><tbody><tr><td class="DividerPadding" valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 8px 20px 9px; line-height: 1px; height: 1px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="height: 1px;"><tbody><tr><td class="DividerHeight DividerBGColor" height="1" bgcolor="#403F42" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="background-color: rgb(64, 63, 66); padding-bottom: 0px; line-height: 1px; height: 1px;"><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" alt="" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/sys/S.gif" style="display: block; height: 1px; width: 5px;"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table bgcolor="#FFFFAC" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK24" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 172);"><tbody><tr><td class="ArticlePadding MainText" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="padding: 8px 20px 9px; color: rgb(64, 63, 66); font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"><table class="OneColumnMobile" width="220" data-padding-converted="true" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="right" style="margin-left: 5px;"><tbody><tr><td class="SpacerImageContainer mobile-hidden" height="1" valign="top" width="5" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding-left: 15px; padding-bottom: 10px; line-height: 1px; height: 1px;"><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" class="SpacerImage" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/sys/S.gif"></td><td class="RightImage" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 0px 0px 10px;"><div align="center"><img height="293" vspace="0" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.379" hspace="0" width="220" src="http://files.constantcontact.com/6304f927001/e24c0261-0edc-4cb8-b509-f3e4d4065f2b.jpg" style="display: block; height: auto !important;"></div></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="ArticleHeadlineText" style="color: rgb(9, 163, 186); font-weight: bold; font-size: 14pt;">Cuba<br></div><div><br>The month of March marked my second visit to Cuba, as well. This visit was to a new part of the island for me, Santiago. All of the Global Consultants that work with International Ministries were invited to teach in their particular specialty areas and hear from the church leaders and pastors of the Eastern Baptist Convention. We met at the Baptist seminary just outside of Santiago each day and were able to learn from the church leaders about the many struggles they face in ministering to the needs of their congregations and what their desires were for greater partnership. We also had the opportunity to visit some of their projects, churches and historical sites to better understand the culture with which we would partner. The areas of teaching included, anti-human trafficking, domestic violence, Positive Deviance, a Bible study, peace and reconciliation, economic development at the grassroots level and understanding the Muslim world. One of the things that we learned while in Cuba is that there is a growing Islamic community. The church leaders wanted to understand the Muslim culture and how to reach out to this community so it was a very timely conference for all of us. They were also looking for "out of the box" ways to meet the needs that their communities present them so Positive Deviance was something many people could see application for in their churches. Once again, growing relationships, especially over a cup of coffee or under a mango tree (in full bloom right now!), made this visit so enjoyable. This convention is doing wonderful things and have invited us back to teach more in depth to specific communities in need. We are currently looking at dates for a return visit. To learn more about Cuba and the work of International Ministries in this country, click the following links to watch a great video or read more:<br><br><font color="#3366ff"><a href="https://youtu.be/PHVKUBkJBps?list=PLG-d2pZsrMc_19hVI4nWTS2L3ovOMaFuL">Link to Cuba Video</a></font></div><br><div><font color="#3366ff"><a href="https://internationalministries.org/drives/42">Link to more information</a></font></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td class="SpacerHeight" height="1" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding-bottom: 9px; line-height: 1px; height: 1px;"><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" alt="" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/sys/S.gif" style="display: block; height: 1px; width: 5px;"></td></tr></tbody></table><table bgcolor="#FFC5C3" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK30" style="background-color: rgb(255, 197, 195);"><tbody><tr><td class="FeaturePadding" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="padding: 8px 20px 9px;"><table class="CC_NoEdit" border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 0px;"><tbody><tr><td class="FeatureArticleBGColor" bgcolor="#403F42" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="background-color: rgb(64, 63, 66); padding: 1px;"><table class="CC_NoEdit InnerBGColor" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); margin: 0px;"><tbody><tr><td class="FeatureContent FeatureText" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="padding: 15px 17px 15px 20px; color: rgb(64, 63, 66); font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"><table class="OneColumnMobile" width="220" data-padding-converted="true" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left" style="margin-right: 5px;"><tbody><tr><td class="LeftImage" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 0px 0px 10px;"><div align="center"><img height="146" vspace="0" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.356" hspace="0" width="220" src="http://files.constantcontact.com/6304f927001/7be7b6a6-1ad5-4723-a333-c4b1eb2482a6.jpg" style="display: block; height: auto !important;"></div></td><td class="SpacerImageContainer mobile-hidden" height="1" valign="top" width="5" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding-bottom: 10px; line-height: 1px; height: 1px; padding-right: 15px;"><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" class="SpacerImage" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/sys/S.gif"></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="FeatureHeadlineText" style="color: rgb(9, 163, 186); font-weight: bold; font-size: 14pt;">New Ministry Video!<br></div><div><br>Are you looking for a way to let your church know more about what I am doing around the world? I've added a new YouTube video with more pictures and added music from my recent trip to Cuba. Click the link below to watch or download today!<br><br><font color="#3366ff"><a href="https://youtu.be/841Da1jEKv0">Ministry Video</a></font><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table bgcolor="#FFCDFF" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK31" style="background-color: rgb(255, 205, 255);"><tbody><tr><td class="FeaturePadding" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="padding: 8px 20px 9px;"><table class="CC_NoEdit" border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 0px;"><tbody><tr><td class="FeatureArticleBGColor" bgcolor="#403F42" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="background-color: rgb(64, 63, 66); padding: 1px;"><table class="CC_NoEdit InnerBGColor" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); margin: 0px;"><tbody><tr><td class="FeatureContent FeatureText" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="padding: 15px 17px 15px 20px; color: rgb(64, 63, 66); font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"><table class="OneColumnMobile" width="220" data-padding-converted="true" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left" style="margin-right: 5px;"><tbody><tr><td class="LeftImage" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 0px 0px 10px;"><div align="center"><img height="220" vspace="0" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.382" hspace="0" width="220" src="http://files.constantcontact.com/6304f927001/7df056b9-48ae-4f6f-9a85-3b7bc3e4ef6a.jpg" style="display: block; height: auto !important;"></div></td><td class="SpacerImageContainer mobile-hidden" height="1" valign="top" width="5" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding-bottom: 10px; line-height: 1px; height: 1px; padding-right: 15px;"><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" class="SpacerImage" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/sys/S.gif"></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="FeatureHeadlineText" style="color: rgb(9, 163, 186); font-weight: bold; font-size: 14pt;">Prayer Concerns<br></div><div><br>I always appreciate it when you take time to lift me and this ministry up in prayer. Here is a list of a particular things to share. Thank you!</div><br><div>1. Travel - to many churches to share ministry</div><div>2. Health - as I continue to heal from back pain from last year</div><div>3. Funding - discernment for use of all gifts to project funds and to maintain salary support.&nbsp;<strong><em>A new matching gift opportunity will begin soon!</em></strong><br><br><font color="#09a3ba" size="2"><a href="https://internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel">Make a gift today!</a></font><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="OuterBorderColor" bgcolor="#403F42" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="padding: 9px 0px 8px;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1"><table class="OuterBorderColor" bgcolor="#403F42" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK26"><tbody><tr><td class="Content MainText" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 8px 20px 9px; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Kristy Engel | International Ministries, ABC-USA | 800-ABC-3USA |&nbsp;<a href="mailto:kristynurse@gmail.com">kristynurse@gmail.com</a><br></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td class="BottomMargin" valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 9px 0px 8px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK28"><tbody><tr><td class="SocialMediaPadding" valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 8px 0px 9px;"><table class="CC_NoEdit" border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center" style="margin: 0px;"><tbody><tr><td valign="center" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 0px 0px 10px;"><div class="MainText" style="color: rgb(64, 63, 66); 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Simply Love. Everyone. <br><table class="ContentWidth" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK6" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;"><tbody><tr><td class="TitleText Title" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="color: rgb(93, 209, 223); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 22pt; line-height: 1.4; padding: 15px 14px 5px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><b>Love Simply. Simply Love.<br></b></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;"><tbody><tr><td class="ContentDividerPadding" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 18px 14px; height: 1px; line-height: 1px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ContentDivider ContentDividerColor" height="1" bgcolor="#d7d7d7" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding-bottom: 0px; background-color: rgb(215, 215, 215); height: 1px; line-height: 1px;"><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/H.gif" style="display: block; width: 230px !important;"></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px; font-weight: bold;">Dear friends,</div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK9" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px; font-size: 1.1em; line-height: 1.8;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Thank you for your ongoing support, prayers and communications with me over the last several months of my travels and work. I know many are busy with their own summer travel and I appreciate everyone who is keeping up with me through social media as well as letters. Today's newsletter is a bit more personal and I hope will inspire you to make a difference right where you are!</span><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK10" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="width: auto !important;"><tbody><tr><td class="SubheadingText" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;"><div class="SubheadingText Subheading" style="font-size: 11pt; padding: 0px 0px 9px;"><b>EVERYONE</b></div></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: black; margin-top: 0px;">I have been reminded, recently, through both social media as well as messages given at my home church that what we say and do have an influence on the world around us. This was not an idea that I had necessarily forgotten but rather, needed to be prodded to remind others that it is not only a select few that are given the call or challenge to seek change in our world, i.e., be a missionary. &nbsp;Granted, that world may seem small if you begin to compare yourself to those you read about or see on the news, but the reality is that you (yes, YOU!) have the ability to influence change in the immediate sphere around your person. The transformation may not be great or noticed by many, but for those that feel a difference, it will be important. Do not be afraid to be an agent of change and show this world something different than the images of hate and suffering and anger and disunity that seem to overrun television and every form of news media that we read, watch and listen to every day.</div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: black; margin-top: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: black; margin-top: 0px;">When one of my friends posted a picture of me helping with the relief work following the Haiti earthquake six years ago and said some very nice things about me and the work that I do, it was incredibly humbling to read. At the same time, I wanted to encourage every single person to go out and do similar things in their own communities. There are hurting people all around us. Some people simply need a friend to listen, others need a helping hand and still others need education and medical care of which some of us are uniquely qualified to assist. Maybe you bake the best cookies on the block or play a mean game of chess that you would love to teach someone else. I'm not sure what your gift is but I know this...you have a gift and it is needed somewhere to help someone right now.</div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: black; margin-top: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: black; margin-top: 0px;">God may have blessed your life to give you time off from your job to go and serve in other places in the world or even within the United States. Do you need to know how to get connected? There are wonderful opportunities within International Ministries through Volunteers in Global Missions and the folks working with this department can help find the opportunities to fit your gifts. Maybe God has blessed your life with funds to specifically meet ministry needs around the world even when you cannot go yourself but you want to connect with the missionaries and ministries serving in a particular area. Do you have questions about how to get your church involved or how to connect with ministries in your own community? There are resources through American Baptist Churches (as well as other denominations) that would LOVE to hear from people that want to get involved. Here's the key...you have to make the first step! Let your voice be heard! Ask the questions and talk to someone about your interests.</div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: black; margin-top: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: black; margin-top: 0px;">Please do not wait for someone else to make the first step in changing the hurt around you. You have a voice and you have the ability to do something today. I truly believe that light and love can overcome but not if we hide them from the world. If we could simply learn to love others and be less concerned about what we got in return or whether they looked, spoke or believed the same that we did, our world would be a much different place. Love simply. Simply love.</div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: black; margin-top: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I will end with the quote that began these thoughts for me and which I think is appropriate for all of us to consider in our own lives. It is by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded." I am not trying to diminish the gravity of the political and social problems that exist in our world today. I know that it will take time for healing and for change. I also know that there is something that you and I can begin doing today, this very minute. Love simply. Simply love. Everyone.</span><br><br></div><table class="ButtonBGColor" bgcolor="#5dd1df" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="background-color: rgb(93, 209, 223); width: auto !important;"><tbody><tr><td class="ButtonText Button" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="color: rgb(254, 254, 254); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-size: 9pt; padding: 5px 15px 5px 16px;"><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel">LEARN MORE</a></td><td rowspan="1" colspan="1"></td></tr></tbody></table><div>&nbsp;<br></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK11" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; 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margin-right: auto; width: 585px;"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: auto !important;"><tbody><tr><td class="SubheadingText" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;"><div class="SubheadingText Subheading" style="font-size: 11pt; padding: 0px 0px 9px;"><b>DONATE TO SUPPORT<br>KRISTY'S WORK</b></div></td></tr></tbody></table>If you are interested in becoming a donor and supporting Kristy on a regular basis, please click the following link to partner with Kristy's ministry:&nbsp;<font color="#3366ff"><b><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel">PARTNER NOW</a></b></font><br><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;"><tbody><tr><td class="ContentDividerPadding" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 18px 14px; height: 1px; line-height: 1px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ContentDivider ContentDividerColor" height="1" bgcolor="#d7d7d7" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding-bottom: 0px; background-color: rgb(215, 215, 215); height: 1px; line-height: 1px;"><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/H.gif" style="display: block; width: 230px !important;"></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK15" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><br><table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="width: auto !important;"><tbody><tr><td class="SubheadingText" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;"><div class="SubheadingText Subheading" style="font-size: 11pt; padding: 0px 0px 9px;"><b>THANK YOU</b></div></td></tr></tbody></table>I want to thank so many people for their kind words when you heard that my dog and ministry partner for many years, Kobe, died a few weeks ago. He was a blessing to so many people and even after he retired to a church and the home of dear friends in Mattoon, Illinois, his ministry continued until his last days. He was proof that missions and ministry should always think outside the box!</div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><br></div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><img vspace="5" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.341" hspace="5" width="547" alt="Kobe the missionary dog" src="https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/6304f927001/a36ef9c3-257a-4a19-a6e3-cb9513268ed5.jpg"><br><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;"><tbody><tr><td class="ContentDividerPadding" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 18px 14px; height: 1px; line-height: 1px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ContentDivider ContentDividerColor" height="1" bgcolor="#d7d7d7" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding-bottom: 0px; background-color: rgb(215, 215, 215); height: 1px; line-height: 1px;"><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/H.gif" style="display: block; width: 230px !important;"></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK17" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;">Thanks again for making a difference!<br><br>Sincerely,<br>Kristy<br><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK18" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; 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background-color: rgb(189, 8, 28); background-size: 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; border: none; -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; background-position: 3px 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Save</span> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:42:12 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/62551-love-simply-simply-love-everyone- https://internationalministries.org/read/62551-love-simply-simply-love-everyone- Community, health and immigration <p class="MsoNormal">This newsletter comes to you as I’m sitting in a guesthouse on the Thai-Burma border. I’ve just stopped by a refugee camp that I had visited two years ago and was able to reunite with two people I had met on that trip. They still live in the camp and continue to work in leadership roles.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The translator that had previously worked with me, Ah Eh, was one of the two people I was able to see. We talked about life during the last two years and his thoughts on repatriation of refugees to Burma/Myanmar and it was fascinating to get the story from someone living out what we see and hear on the news. Life in the camp is not easy and is getting much more difficult every day. Rations are down, support is reduced and refugees are no longer able to submit applications for visas to foreign countries. Only refugees who submitted applications years ago are currently being processed. The foreign agencies that work in the camps are now training camp populations on new skills so they can get jobs when they move “home.” I say “home” because the camp celebrated 20 years of existence last year so many people were born and raised in this camp and never lived in Myanmar but will, at some point, be required to go back there to live. On the surface, this seems appropriate…training people to take factory jobs or work in kitchens or in construction so that they have an income for their family means that they might not return to Myanmar without skills. But, does it feed into the system of a labor <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>that preys on poorly educated minorities and may, in fact, create more problems? I’m not against job training but I can see some problems that may not be addressed.</p><p class="MsoNormal">As the issue of refugees around the world seem to be one of the hot topics that are discussed and debated on the news and around the water cooler, I thought I would give you Ah Eh’s perspective on why he has stayed in the camp for 20 years and why he chose NOT to go to the US or another country accepting refugees. I think it is very important to hear, especially as International Ministries looks for opportunities around the world to truly partner and work within communities, understand the communities we serve and build sustainable networks of care.</p><p class="MsoNormal">I asked Ah Eh why he chose to stay in the camp with his wife and six children all of these years when he was obviously a skilled English teacher, committed Christian, strong leader and interested in leadership. He smiled at me and said, “I have many reasons but have several very important ones that I’ve decided are too important to ignore…for me. Others may decide differently, and that’s ok. But for me, these I must honor.” His first reason was that the US was too cold! (oh how I empathize!) He said he enjoyed the warmth of Thailand and Myanmar and didn’t want to lose that. The second reason was health care. He has some issues with his lungs and when he gets sick in Thailand/Myanmar he doesn’t have to go through all of the prescriptions, appointments and insurance problems that we have to go through in the US to get the medicine he needs for his lungs. He simply goes to the pharmacy and asks for what he needs and gets it. He said health care was more simple here. I’m sure many of us can understand the complicated issues related to the US medical system! Another reason was walking. He said in the US everyone drives everywhere and no one walks to see things. He would miss that. But his final answer touched me the most.</p><p class="MsoNormal">His final answer was, if he moved he would lose community. He said now, if he hurts his knee or back he has friends who will massage it or rub it until it feels better. He has people here who visit with him, talk to him and share in community with him. He knows that the culture of the US and other western countries is not the same and the community is very different so that community support is gone. He doesn’t want to lose that and so he chooses to stay in a thatched bamboo hut and live in a refugee camp but live in deep community.</p><p class="MsoNormal">How important for us to hear! If we want to minister to the other cultures around us we must begin to understand what they have left behind to come to the US and meet them where they are. There is a richness of values and life that can only grow us as congregations, communities of believers and individuals if we allow it and I would encourage everyone to begin learning about the cultures and communities that exist where you live. It is easy to see “foreigners” as invaders or nuisances because the media or politicians tell us that is what they are, but this just isn’t true when you take time to really get to know a person. Their lives may parallel ours in so many ways if we only open ourselves to learn. How often does the Bible show us times when Jesus ignored the common belief about a “foreigner” or individual because he saw a PERSON instead? 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Many people who are refugees or were refugees have sacrificed deep community and may be longing for that where they are now. We have the opportunity and the command, as Christians, to come alongside to share their burdens, offer love and more importantly, hope that looks beyond the destruction and hatred this world so often offers.<o:p></o:p></p> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:22:44 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/61672-community-health-and-immigration https://internationalministries.org/read/61672-community-health-and-immigration Will Ebola Ever Leave? <table class="ContentWidth" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="TitleText Title" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="color: rgb(93, 209, 223); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 22pt; line-height: 1.4; padding: 15px 14px 5px;" align="center" valign="top"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><b>Thanks for the Support!<br></b></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="ContentDividerPadding" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 18px 14px; height: 1px; line-height: 1px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="ContentDivider ContentDividerColor" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding-bottom: 0px; background-color: rgb(215, 215, 215); height: 1px;" align="center" height="1" bgcolor="#d7d7d7"><img src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/H.gif" style="display: block; width: 230px !important;" height="1" hspace="0" border="0" vspace="0" width="5"></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;" align="left" valign="top"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px; font-weight: bold;">Dear Friend,</div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK9" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;" align="left" valign="top"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px; font-size: 1.1em; line-height: 1.8;">I am so excited to share this months newsletter with you! &nbsp;Not only have you and others helped to make this ministry possible, but the blessing is beyond what I could imagine. &nbsp;Read below to find out how God continues to send me around the world and maybe even to a church near you this fall!<br></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK10" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;" align="left" valign="top"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><table style="width: auto !important;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="SubheadingText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;" align="left" valign="top"><div class="SubheadingText Subheading" style="font-size: 11pt; padding: 0px 0px 9px;"><b>2015 MATCHING GIFT FINAL NUMBERS...WOW!!</b></div></td></tr></tbody></table>It is such an honor for me to consistently receive the support of so many donors across North America and the prayer support of so many from all over the world. This year, the matching gift opportunity was no different in showing me how much everyone continues to believe in the work God has called me to. &nbsp;A total of&nbsp;<em><strong>$24, 363</strong></em>was raised by 48 individual donors/churches from 17 different states! &nbsp;And, this was raised in just 6 weeks. &nbsp;That's incredible!! &nbsp;Thank you, so much. &nbsp;I am humbled by the outpouring of love you always show me in support of this ministry.</div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><img name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.314" alt="volunteers_thankyou_hdr.jpg" src="https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/6304f927001/9e9781aa-383c-4691-b475-e30870be671c.jpg" style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6;" height="111" hspace="5" border="0" vspace="5" width="547"></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="Spacer" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding-bottom: 14px; height: 1px; line-height: 1px;" align="center" height="1" valign="top"><img alt="" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/S.gif" style="display: block;" height="1" hspace="0" border="0" vspace="0" width="5"></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK11" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="Content" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 18px 14px 0px;" align="left" valign="top"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; max-width: 100%; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; color: rgb(48, 48, 48);"><img name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.305" src="https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/6304f927001/9302e6d5-9263-401a-bbce-a74bbb32b6e2.jpg" style="display: block; max-width: 100%;" align="left" height="113" hspace="10" border="0" vspace="5" width="170"></span><div><div class="SubheadingText Subheading" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; padding: 0px 0px 9px;"><b style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6;">HOUSE OF HOPE (</b><span style="line-height: 23px;"><b>COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA)</b></span></div><div style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6;">As many people know, there's a special place in my heart for the ministries in Cochabamba, Bolivia through the House of Hope. &nbsp;This June, I traveled there with my home church from Duluth, GA to help them begin a long-term relationship as they worked on a community center/church in the hills surrounding Cochabamba. &nbsp;It was a phenomenal trip where new relationships were built because we intentionally let local leaders direct the project instead of going in with our ideas of what should be done. &nbsp;We learned a lot and cannot wait for a return trip next year to continue building these relationships.<br></div><div style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6;">I will also be returning in January from the 7th through the 16th with a small medical team to serve the indigenous population alongside the House of Hope. &nbsp;If you are interested, please contact me immediately. &nbsp;I need two or three medical folks to join me on the trip and would love to share this beloved community with you. &nbsp;For more information,&nbsp;<a shape="rect" href="mailto:kristynurse@gmail.com" linktype="2" target="_blank" style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(48, 48, 48); text-decoration: none;">email me</a>.</div><br></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK23" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;" align="left" valign="top"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><img name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.251" src="https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/251.png" style="display: block; max-width: 100%;" align="left" height="143" hspace="10" border="0" vspace="5" width="170"><div><div class="SubheadingText Subheading" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; padding: 0px 0px 9px;"><b>EBOLA...WILL IT EVER LEAVE?</b></div><div>When the announcement came on May 9, 2015 that Liberia was finally free of Ebola, there were cheers all over the world. &nbsp;This, of course, didn't mean that Ebola was completely gone from the world...it was still in Sierra Leone and Guinea...countries that bordered Liberia and therefore threatened to re-enter Ebola into Liberia's population. &nbsp;What it meant was that the CDC and WHO no longer consider Liberia in the middle of an outbreak and people could travel freely in and out of Liberia. &nbsp;All of this changed the week of June 29th when the first confirmed case of Ebola in Liberia was reported since March 20, 2015.&nbsp;<span class="MainLink" style="color: rgb(93, 209, 223); font-weight: bold; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6;"><a track="on" shape="rect" href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/sh6fw08do46zy3b/Ebola%E2%80%A6will%20it%20ever%20leave.docx?dl=0" linktype="1" alt="https://www.dropbox.com/s/sh6fw08do46zy3b/Ebola%E2%80%A6will%20it%20ever%20leave.docx?dl=0" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(93, 209, 223); text-decoration: none;">Continue Reading</a></span><br></div><br></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK12" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;" align="left" valign="top"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><table style="width: auto !important;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="SubheadingText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;" align="left" valign="top"><div class="SubheadingText Subheading" style="font-size: 11pt; padding: 0px 0px 9px;"><b>WHAT'S COMING UP</b></div></td></tr></tbody></table>This fall I will be traveling throughout the midwest and northeast. &nbsp;I've listed some of the churches that I plan to be speaking at but if you want a more complete list, please feel free to contact me and I will let you know if I will be near you so that we can see each other! &nbsp;Please join me at one of the locations where I will be this fall or bring your church together with several others for a combined event. &nbsp;The more the merrier!!<br><br><i>August 9-23, 2015</i><br><b>Illinois and Iowa locations (only Sunday's listed)</b><br>FBC Mattoon, Illinois on August 9th</div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;">FBC Moline, Illinois on August 16th</div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><span face="Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif">FBC Keokuk, Iowa on August 23rd</span><br><a href="mailto:dnmpm@bellsouth.net" shape="rect" linktype="2" target="_blank" style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(93, 209, 223); text-decoration: none;">Learn More</a><br><br><em>September 2-6, 2015</em><br><b>Rhode Island and Connecticut locations</b><br><span face="Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif">FBC Wallingford, CT on September 2nd</span></div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;">FBC Southington, CT on September 3rd</div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;">FBC Shelton, CT on September 4th</div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;">Second Baptist Church Suffield, CT on September 5th</div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;">FBC East Greenwich, RI on September 6th (morning service)</div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;">Tabernacle Baptist Church of Fiskeville, RI on September 6th (evening)<br><a href="mailto:dnmpm@bellsouth.net" shape="rect" linktype="2" target="_blank" style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(93, 209, 223); text-decoration: none;">Learn More</a><br><br><i>September 19-26, 2015</i><br><b>Nicaragua Discovery Team (Medical)</b><br><span face="Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif">AMOS Health and Hope with Drs. David and Laura Parajon</span><br><a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://www.amoshealth.org/" linktype="1" alt="http://www.amoshealth.org" target="_blank" style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(93, 209, 223); text-decoration: none;">Learn More</a><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="ContentDividerPadding" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 18px 14px; height: 1px; line-height: 1px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="ContentDivider ContentDividerColor" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding-bottom: 0px; background-color: rgb(215, 215, 215); height: 1px;" align="center" height="1" bgcolor="#d7d7d7"><img src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/H.gif" style="display: block; width: 230px !important;" height="1" hspace="0" border="0" vspace="0" width="5"></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK15" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;" align="left" valign="top"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><table style="width: auto !important;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="SubheadingText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;" align="left" valign="top"><div class="SubheadingText Subheading" style="font-size: 11pt; padding: 0px 0px 9px;"><b>SPREAD THE WORD</b></div></td></tr></tbody></table>Know someone who would be interest in what I am doing?<br>&nbsp;<a track="on" href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel" shape="rect" linktype="1" alt="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel" target="_blank" style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(93, 209, 223); text-decoration: none;">Share This Newsletter with Them</a></div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><br><table style="width: auto !important;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="SubheadingText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;" align="left" valign="top"><div class="SubheadingText Subheading" style="font-size: 11pt; padding: 0px 0px 9px;"><b>STAY CONNECTED</b></div></td></tr></tbody></table>Not yet signed up to receive information on the work being done?<br><a track="on" href="http://ui.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?m=1101434667062&amp;p=oi&amp;id=preview" shape="rect" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(93, 209, 223); text-decoration: none;">Join Now!</a><br><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="ContentDividerPadding" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 18px 14px; height: 1px; line-height: 1px;"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="ContentDivider ContentDividerColor" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding-bottom: 0px; background-color: rgb(215, 215, 215); height: 1px;" align="center" height="1" bgcolor="#d7d7d7"><img src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/H.gif" style="display: block; width: 230px !important;" height="1" hspace="0" border="0" vspace="0" width="5"></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="ContentWidth" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK17" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 585px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText Content" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.6; padding: 18px 14px 0px;" align="left" valign="top"><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;">Thanks again for making a difference!<br><br>Sincerely,<br>Kristy Engel, RN, MSN, CPNP</div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;">Global Consultant for Health</div><div class="ContentMinWidth" style="min-width: 290px;">International Ministries, ABC-USA<br></div></td></tr></tbody></table> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:09:37 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59213-will-ebola-ever-leave- https://internationalministries.org/read/59213-will-ebola-ever-leave- News, Travel and a New Matching Grant! <table class="TemplateWidth" border="0" width="600" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="width: 600px;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1"></td></tr><tr><td class="HeadBar" height="8" bgcolor="#212115" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(33, 33, 21);"></td></tr><tr><td valign="bottom" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="2"><table bgcolor="#FFFFAC" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK2" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 172);"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-size: 24pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;">Kristy's Updates</td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK3"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1"><img vspace="0" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.265" hspace="0" width="600" alt="glassy-sunflowers-bnr.jpg" src="http://files.ctctcdn.com/6304f927001/d2fdd314-12df-4383-bf82-081f8adecb11.jpg?a=1120648432979"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1"><table bgcolor="#FFB966" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK4" style="background-color: rgb(255, 185, 102);"><tbody><tr><td width="380" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="padding-left: 5px; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;">News, Travel and a Matching Grant!</td><td width="180" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="right" style="padding-right: 5px; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;">April 2015</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td class="Accent1" bgcolor="#CBCBD3" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(203, 203, 211);"><table class="BlockMargin" bgcolor="#FFCDFF" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK5" style="margin-bottom: 6px; background-color: rgb(255, 205, 255);"><tbody><tr><td class="IntroText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 8pt;"><table class="imgCaptionTable OneColumnMobile" width="200" data-padding-converted="true" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="right" style="text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td class=" imgCaptionImg" width="1%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 5px; padding-left: 5px;"><div align="center"><img height="162" vspace="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.281" border="0" hspace="0" width="200" alt="Global Consultants" src="http://files.ctctcdn.com/6304f927001/ee39641b-038c-464a-b042-3e47cf4f2b85.png?a=1120648432979"></div></td></tr><tr><td class="imgCaptionText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding-bottom: 5px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 8pt;">Global consultants in Cairo, Egypt.</td></tr></tbody></table><span class="Greeting" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 51); font-size: 12pt;"><b></b></span><br><br><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">2015 has been an exciting year so far...and busy! &nbsp;I started my year by finishing my 21 days of self-monitoring after being in Liberia to help with the Ebola crisis. &nbsp;As soon as I was finished with that (literally day 22!) I left for Bolivia to work with a medical missions team in Cochabamba, Bolivia. &nbsp;After returning from Cochabamba and working with the House of Hope, I had a short break before leaving for Cairo, Egypt. &nbsp;There we had a conference with the Egyptian Baptist Convention and then a Global Consultants meeting. After only one day home, I turned around and went to Cuba to learn about health in Cuba and the work of La Fraternidad, one of the Baptist conventions that is partnered with International Ministries. Since returning from that trip, I've been planning my travel for the rest of the year, which includes a trip to Nebraska for their Region Convention on May 1-2, the Mission Summit in Overland Park, KS from June 26-28, the BWA Conference in South Africa at the end of July and all of my fall travel to Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, and squished in between all of that...a medical Discovery Team to Nicaragua in September! &nbsp;Yes, it will be a busy year but one that is full of possibilities...and that's what I love about this job...the possibilities of what can be done to change the world...together!</div><br></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr valign="top"><td class="LeftBack LeftColWidth" bgcolor="#FF9869" valign="top" width="150" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(255, 152, 105); width: 150px;"><table class="BlockMargin" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK6" style="margin-bottom: 6px;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="font-size: 8pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(0, 26, 129);"><div><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><b>2015 Mission Summit</b></span>&nbsp;<br></div><div>The American Baptist Churches biennial gathering</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><b>Will Kristy see you there?</b></div><div><b><br></b></div><div><b><img vspace="5" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.287" hspace="5" width="130" alt="Mission Summit 2015" src="http://files.ctctcdn.com/6304f927001/36de0981-72bc-4374-8295-25fc84d10d68.jpg?a=1120648432979"><br></b></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>June 26-28</div><div>Overland Park/Kansas City&nbsp;<br></div><div><a rel="nofollow" track="on" shape="rect" href="http://www.americanbaptists2015.com/" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">More Information</a></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK15"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center"><a class="imgCaptionAnchor" rel="nofollow" track="on" shape="rect" href="http://medsend.org/" target="_blank"><img height="61" vspace="5" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.48" hspace="5" width="83" alt="MedSend BW logo" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs063/1101434667062/img/48.jpg?a=1120648432979"></a></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK16"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center"><a class="imgCaptionAnchor" rel="nofollow" track="on" shape="rect" href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel" target="_blank"><img height="84" vspace="5" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.86" hspace="5" width="83" alt="IM logo" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/86.jpg?a=1120648432979"></a></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK17"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center"><a class="imgCaptionAnchor" rel="nofollow" track="on" shape="rect" href="http://restoringvision.org/" target="_blank"><img height="32" vspace="5" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.77" hspace="5" width="83" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/77.jpg?a=1120648432979"></a></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK18"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center"><a class="imgCaptionAnchor" rel="nofollow" track="on" shape="rect" href="https://www.mycccu.com/imcard" target="_blank"><img height="199" vspace="5" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.285" hspace="5" width="83" alt="CCCU logo" src="http://files.ctctcdn.com/6304f927001/7f00f45e-1aac-48d3-afad-95dc64b9dd2e.jpg?a=1120648432979"></a></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td class="RightColWidth RightBack" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" width="450" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width: 450px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK8"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 8pt;"><img src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/156.gif?a=1120648432979" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.156" width="100" vspace="5" border="0" alt="graphic-globe-people-sm.gif" align="left" height="195" hspace="5"><span class="MinistryHeadline" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 51); font-size: 12pt;"><b>Matching Grant begins April 15th!</b></span><br><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">This Spring, International Ministries (IM) will offer donors a way to double their gifts to Kristy Engel and other IM missionaries. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a gift of support to Kristy's ministry and see it doubled immediately. &nbsp;All donations (new OR additional) that are clearly noted as "Matching Gift for Kristy Engel's Support" will be matched 100% until the available funds are used or until the deadline of June 15th is reached. &nbsp;This means the earlier you make a donation, the more likely I am to receive the matched funds.</div><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><br></div><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The donations that are given during this time are used to reach my fundraising goals that help pay my salary, make sure I am able to go to all of the places that I serve around the world and also help provide the supplies that are needed for my service. &nbsp;I would ask that you prayerfully consider making a donation between April 15th and June 15th. &nbsp;And, if it is possible, would you be willing to sign-up to be an ongoing supporter, even for $10, $25 or $50 a month? &nbsp;By having regular, ongoing monthly support, I can focus my time on serving overseas and sharing the health care ministry that I know I've been called to provide. &nbsp;Thank you for all you have done to support this ministry!</div></td></tr><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 8pt;"><div><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);"><b>Please remember...</b></span>&nbsp;<br></div><div style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">The matching grant begins April 15th and donations must be labeled or indicated, "Matching Grant for Kristy Engel's Support" to qualify for this doubling. &nbsp;A link will be available for online giving starting April 15th on the International Ministries website.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);"><b>2015 Matching Grant</b></span>&nbsp;<br></div><div><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">DATES</span>:&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">April 15 - June 15, 2015 (or until dollar amount available to be matched is met)</span>&nbsp;<br></div><div><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">TIME:</span>&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Begins online at 12:01am on April 15, 2015</span>&nbsp;<br></div><div><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">HOW:</span>&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Online, credit card donation by phone during office hours (800-ABC-3USA) or by mail if postmarked no later than June 15, 2015.</span></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK9"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 8pt;"><img src="http://files.ctctcdn.com/6304f927001/4f42c5b2-2079-4a27-95d4-3d014752bb1a.jpg?a=1120648432979" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.277" width="100" vspace="5" border="0" alt="In Cairo, Egypt" align="left" height="75" hspace="5"><span class="MinistryHeadline" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 51); font-size: 12pt;"><b>Cairo, Egypt</b></span><br><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">February brought International Ministries' Global Consultants together in Cairo, Egypt for a conference with the Egyptian Baptist Convention. &nbsp;What a phenomenal place to begin my time as the new Global Consultant for Health! &nbsp;Except for Mike Mann, all of the Global Consultants were there (see the above picture) along with our Area Director, Ben Chan, and the Regional Director, Charles Jones. &nbsp;We met with various pastors and church leaders from Egypt over three days to discuss each of our ares of expertise and discover how they can be used in development within the churches in Egypt. &nbsp;For a newbie to the group, I was a little overwhelmed by all of the experts I was grouped with, but they all welcomed me and made me feel connected immediately. &nbsp;</div><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><br></div><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Our Egyptian bothers and sisters were incredibly receptive and welcoming, as well. &nbsp;The dialogue and questions during the conference were phenomenal! &nbsp;It was so much fun to watch the interaction, new bonds being formed and ideas being exchanged between people who previously didn't realize they had something in common! &nbsp;Support systems were emerging and it is my hope that several of us will be invited back to continue to build on the seeds of ministry that were planted.</div><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><br></div><div><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I was able to lead a discussion on Positive Deviance, which was the first time that I had presented this to such a large group. &nbsp;Once we got over the translation of the words and began explaining the concepts, I began to see lightbulbs of understanding shine and excitement begin to see how their own communities may already have the solutions to problems they thought were insurmountable. &nbsp;It really was exciting! &nbsp;If you haven't heard about Positive Deviance and are interested to learn more, you can read about it online at:</span><a rel="nofollow" track="on" shape="rect" href="http://http/www.PositiveDeviance.org" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="color: blue;">www.PositiveDeviance.org</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK10"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 8pt;"><img src="http://files.ctctcdn.com/6304f927001/8d598c71-7f68-4e1f-b948-3a7fa583a72a.jpg?a=1120648432979" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.286" width="100" vspace="5" border="0" alt="Havana, Cuba" align="left" height="75" hspace="5"><span class="MinistryHeadline" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 51); font-size: 12pt;"><b>Havana, Cuba</b></span><br><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">It was REALLY hard to choose a picture to put with this section of my newsletter! &nbsp;I had pictures of old cars, Spanish forts, ordination services we attended, market areas, food...the list goes on. &nbsp;We were busy but in a very good way for the two weeks of our time in Cuba. &nbsp;I say that because if you know anything about Latin culture you understand that busy often means conversation over a cup of coffee (really good coffee!) or discussion of ideas sitting on someone's porch with the breeze blowing to keep you cool on a hot afternoon. &nbsp;This isn't to say that we didn't spend plenty of time in vehicles driving between locations or visiting seminaries, churches, outreach centers, etc. but the very best parts of the trip for me were the conversations. And for me, that is often the best part of a trip to Latin America or really anywhere in the world, for that matter. &nbsp;I was able to sit down with a first-year medical student and talk to him about what health care was like in Cuba. &nbsp;I also talked with a pastor/mother/wife about her life and caring for her daughter when she was sick while also trying to answer the call to ministry. &nbsp;She shared many things with me about her life...dreams, worries, joys...sometimes while we worked in the kitchen together to prepare our group meal or sometimes while others were out and it was just the two of us in the home. &nbsp;What I learned from these and other conversations in Cuba was that yes, there is a great need for better access to health care, whether that be medicines, visits to the right physicians or services but there is something that they have which we often lack here in the US...their community pulls together to try and meet each other's needs. &nbsp;There is a network that is behind the scenes trying to fill-in the gaps and make sure that the most at-risk individuals get what they need. &nbsp;At least, that's what I saw in the church communities that I worked with. &nbsp;It isn't always possible to meet all of the needs, that is true. &nbsp;But they try. &nbsp;They do what they can and they do it with great love. &nbsp;Finally, on our last day in Cuba, I had the opportunity to preach at the International Christian Community church for International Day of Women. What a great opportunity where people from all over the world worshipped! Most were there because of the embassies that they represented so I got to stand with a lot of VIP's, which was fun. &nbsp;In the end, they invited me back to preach again, any time!</div></td></tr><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 8pt;"><br></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td class="RightBack" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><table bgcolor="#FFFFAC" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK12" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 172);"><tbody><tr valign="top"><td class="ContactText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span class="MinistryHeadline" style="font-size: 12pt;"><b>International Ministries</b></span><br><div>Global Consultant for Health&nbsp;<br>Kristy Engel&nbsp;<br>1-800-222-3872 (ph.# for IM)</div><div>&nbsp;</div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK13"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 8pt;"><span class="MinistryHeadline" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 51); font-size: 12pt;"><b>Thank YOU!</b></span><br><div style="color: rgb(76, 76, 76);">I want to thank you for all you do to make this ministry possible. &nbsp;Each time I head to a new location or am able to share the gifts that I've been given, I know that it is because I have such a large support system behind me. &nbsp;Thank you for your prayers, your love and your gifts that make health possible for so many people around the world.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td class="LeftBack" height="15" bgcolor="#FF9869" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(255, 152, 105);"></td></tr><tr><td class="CouponPad" height="10" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding-top: 10px;"></td></tr></tbody></table> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/57801-news-travel-and-a-new-matching-grant- https://internationalministries.org/read/57801-news-travel-and-a-new-matching-grant- Kristy Engel Named IM Global Consultant for Health Care <div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCX32559071" style="text-indent: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><p class="Paragraph SCX32559071" style="text-align: left; color: windowtext; text-indent: 0px; font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;,Tahoma,Verdana,&quot;Sans-Serif&quot;; font-size: 6pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-right: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;" paraeid="{66295eb7-9902-4f4c-a13d-70700784bdd1}{138}" paraid="451996024"><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">Kristy Engel</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">, a longtime </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">missionary with </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">American Baptist International Ministries (IM), was</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> reassigned as</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 18px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 11pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 18px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 11pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">an </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">IM h</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">ealth</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">care </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">r</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">elief </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">r</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">esource </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">g</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">lobal </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">consultant</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">on </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">February 1, 2015</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">. She is now </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">IM’s first global consultant with a focus in health care.</span></span><span class="EOP SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCX32559071" style="text-indent: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><p class="Paragraph SCX32559071" style="text-align: left; color: windowtext; text-indent: 0px; font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;,Tahoma,Verdana,&quot;Sans-Serif&quot;; font-size: 6pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-right: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;" paraeid="{66295eb7-9902-4f4c-a13d-70700784bdd1}{186}" paraid="902597534"><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">Engel is trained as a </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">p</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">ediatric </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">n</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">urse </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">p</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">ractitioner and holds a Master Certificate in </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">i</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">nternational </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">nutrition. Before accepting her new role as global consultant, s</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">he served with IM for a dozen years in the Dominican Republic</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">,</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">managing</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> mobile medical clinics</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> and</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> leading the relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">Subsequently, starting in</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> December of 2012, Engel served as an IM </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">r</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">egional missionary in </span><span class="SpellingError SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">Iberoamerica</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">.</span></span><span class="EOP SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCX32559071" style="text-indent: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><p class="Paragraph SCX32559071" style="text-align: left; color: windowtext; text-indent: 0px; font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;,Tahoma,Verdana,&quot;Sans-Serif&quot;; font-size: 6pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-right: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;" paraeid="{66295eb7-9902-4f4c-a13d-70700784bdd1}{215}" paraid="1209236120"><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">“</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">A</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">s I </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">was</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> traveling throughou</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">t the </span><span class="SpellingError SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">Iberoamerica</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> region as a regional missionary</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">, it became clear</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">that a health</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">care ministry was needed in other areas of the world</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> as well,” Engel recalls.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">“</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">My colleagues at IM and global workers on the field continued to ask for advice or help with minis</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">try questions related to health </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">care. Soon</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">,</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> invitations began pouring in from other areas. The majority of my work involved making </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">community </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">health assessments, leading new medical teams </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">and</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> helping in </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">c</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">risis</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> situations</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">.”</span></span><span class="EOP SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCX32559071" style="text-indent: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><p class="Paragraph SCX32559071" style="text-align: left; color: windowtext; text-indent: 0px; font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;,Tahoma,Verdana,&quot;Sans-Serif&quot;; font-size: 6pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-right: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;" paraeid="{66295eb7-9902-4f4c-a13d-70700784bdd1}{229}" paraid="1751688192"><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">As a first step into her future role as </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">global consultant</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">, Engel volunteered to serve with </span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCX32559071" style="text-decoration: none;" href="http://www.medicalteams.org/where-we-work/africa/liberia"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCX32559071" style="color: windowtext; line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt; text-decoration: underline;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">Medical Teams International (MTI)</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> in Liberia. She helped </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">local MTI</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">staff members</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> teach infection pre</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">vention and control, triage set</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">up and waste management at almost 130 non-Ebola health facilities in November and December 2014, during the height of the Ebola outbreak.</span></span><span class="EOP SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCX32559071" style="text-indent: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><p class="Paragraph SCX32559071" style="text-align: left; color: windowtext; text-indent: 0px; font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;,Tahoma,Verdana,&quot;Sans-Serif&quot;; font-size: 6pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-right: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;" paraeid="{66295eb7-9902-4f4c-a13d-70700784bdd1}{237}" paraid="1948297127"><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">On December 10, </span></span><span class="TextRun Underlined SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">Time</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> magazine announced that its "Person of the Year" recognition for 2014 would go to "</span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCX32559071" style="text-decoration: none;" href="http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-ebola-fighters-choice/"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCX32559071" style="color: windowtext; line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt; text-decoration: underline;" xml:lang="EN"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">the Ebola Fighters</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">." Engel, an Ebola fighter, was among the group recognized.</span></span><span class="EOP SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCX32559071" style="text-indent: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><p class="Paragraph SCX32559071" style="text-align: left; color: windowtext; text-indent: 0px; font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;,Tahoma,Verdana,&quot;Sans-Serif&quot;; font-size: 6pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-right: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;" paraeid="{66295eb7-9902-4f4c-a13d-70700784bdd1}{242}" paraid="642594908"><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">In her new role, Engel is visiting countries in need of health assessments, ong</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">oing education, collaboration of</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> health team visits. Her goals are to empower local leaders and build relationships that improve the health of populations around the world through innovation, networking and encouragement.?</span></span><span class="EOP SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCX32559071" style="text-indent: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><p class="Paragraph SCX32559071" style="text-align: left; color: windowtext; text-indent: 0px; font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;,Tahoma,Verdana,&quot;Sans-Serif&quot;; font-size: 6pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-right: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;" paraeid="{66295eb7-9902-4f4c-a13d-70700784bdd1}{249}" paraid="1849372507"><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">In a recent journal that Engel wrote from Liberia, she said, "I think about 1 Timothy 1:12, which says, </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">‘</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">’</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">&nbsp; It really is an honor to serve and go forth... I know that must sound corny to some people, but it's the truth.&nbsp; I am honored to be able to go to the places I go and work... to be a light... to show love and compassion through medical work.&nbsp; I really have the best job in the world!"</span></span><span class="EOP SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCX32559071" style="text-indent: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><p class="Paragraph SCX32559071" style="text-align: left; color: windowtext; text-indent: 0px; font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;,Tahoma,Verdana,&quot;Sans-Serif&quot;; font-size: 6pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-right: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;" paraeid="{66295eb7-9902-4f4c-a13d-70700784bdd1}{254}" paraid="1985583278"><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">Engel joins </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">seven</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> other IM global consultants who serve in the areas of anti-human-trafficking, economic development, evangelism, peace and refuge and theological education.&nbsp;</span></span><span class="EOP SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCX32559071" style="text-indent: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><p class="Paragraph SCX32559071" style="text-align: left; color: windowtext; text-indent: 0px; font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;,Tahoma,Verdana,&quot;Sans-Serif&quot;; font-size: 6pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-right: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;" paraeid="{8f3e6acc-7fae-42ed-8b9d-70cc8d09e26b}{22}" paraid="164295753"><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">"Kristy joins the </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">team of </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">global consultant</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">s in a very strategic time when International Ministries is expanding the number and ministry area of </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">global consultant</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">s</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">," commented the </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">Reverend</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> Dr. Ben</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">jamin</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> Chan</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">, area director for East Asia,</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> India and </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">global consultant</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">s</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">. "She </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">brings with her </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">a </span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">very rich ministry experience, strong sensitivity on cross-cultural work relationship</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">s</span></span><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;"> and professional skills on health mission.”</span></span><span class="EOP SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCX32559071" style="text-indent: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><p class="Paragraph SCX32559071" style="text-align: left; color: windowtext; text-indent: 0px; font-family: &quot;Segoe UI&quot;,Tahoma,Verdana,&quot;Sans-Serif&quot;; font-size: 6pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-right: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;" paraeid="{8f3e6acc-7fae-42ed-8b9d-70cc8d09e26b}{31}" paraid="2047309131"><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">To find out more about Kristy's medical work, go to her </span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCX32559071" style="text-decoration: none;" href="http://internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCX32559071" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt; text-decoration: underline;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">profile on the IM website</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">, where you can connect with her and send her an email. </span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCX32559071" style="text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.facebook.com/kristynurse?fref=ts"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCX32559071" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt; text-decoration: underline;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">Look for Kristy on facebook</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCX32559071" style="line-height: 20px; font-family: Calibri,Sans-Serif; font-size: 12pt;" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCX32559071" style="background-color: inherit;">.</span></span></p></div> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/57281-kristy-engel-named-im-global-consultant-for-health-care https://internationalministries.org/read/57281-kristy-engel-named-im-global-consultant-for-health-care Part Three: Leaving Liberia...Now what? <table class="TemplateWidth" border="0" width="600" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="width: 600px;"><tbody><tr><td class="HeaderBackground" bgcolor="#DCD191" valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(220, 209, 145);"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK2"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(0, 26, 129);"><div><b>January 2015</b></div><div><b><br></b></div><div style="font-size: 24pt;"><b>What comes next?</b></div><div><b><br></b></div><div><b>Part 3 of the Liberia journey</b></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK3"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1"><img vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="600" optionname="RELSEASONAL" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/relseasonal-06.jpg"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td class="TopBG" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK4"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(69, 50, 43); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span class="Greeting" style="color: rgb(39, 43, 6); font-size: 12pt;"><b>Dear friend,</b></span><br><br><div><em>Matthew 25:34-36&nbsp;<span class="text" id="en-NLT-24016" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px;">"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.</span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.&nbsp;I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.'"</span></span></em></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td class="MessageBack" bgcolor="#ECCF73" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="background-color: rgb(236, 207, 115);"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" style="text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1"><hr size="1"></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK6" style="text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(69, 50, 43); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><div class="MessageHeader" align="center" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 10pt;"><b>Part 3 of the Liberia Newsletters</b></div><div class="MessageHeader" align="center" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 10pt;"><b><br></b></div><div>Thank you for joining me as I have shared about my time in Liberia... the joys as well as the struggles... the challenges and the triumphs. &nbsp;This last newsletter will share where things were left and what has happened since I've returned to the US. &nbsp;There is so much yet to be done and so many ways that you and I can still help. &nbsp;I hope you will see the challenges we still face together and join with me to meet those head on!</div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" style="text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1"><hr size="1"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td class="FootBack" bgcolor="#CEDFEF" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(206, 223, 239);"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK9"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(69, 50, 43); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Now that I have left Liberia, finished my 21 days of self-monitoring and hopefully helped you to understand what the situation is like in West Africa... what's next?&nbsp; Is all forgotten now and the next new adventure just waiting for me?&nbsp; The answers to those two questions are, plenty and no!</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Liberia has many things in play that will affect how they come out of the crisis with Ebola.&nbsp; As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, they were only just beginning to rebuild their healthcare systems from a brutal civil war when Ebola hit them.&nbsp; Now with 30% of their doctors gone and who knows how many of the nurses and ancillary health professionals, it will be a long road to health care recovery.</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">One of the newest strategies adopted by the Liberian government and which&nbsp;<font color="#004db4"><a href="http://www.medicalteams.org">Medical Teams International (MTI)</a></font>, the group I worked under in Liberia, is now managing is called the&nbsp;<font color="#004db4"><a href="http://liberiaphilanthropy.org/blog/2014/12/31/ebola-chronicles-ebola-cases-still-at-a-dangerous-level">RITE strategy.</a></font>&nbsp; RITE stands for Rapid Isolation and Treatment of Ebola.&nbsp; It involves identifying cases of Ebola, getting patients to facilities to care for them and then beginning the quarantine and tracing of contacts all within 24-72 hours.&nbsp; The hope is that with this strategy in place, through national and county level teams, Ebola will stop spreading throughout Liberia.&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">The other focus is to restore basic health care to citizens...a task that was interrupted with the outbreak of Ebola last spring.&nbsp; This involves rebuilding structures (both physical buildings and personnel), training, addressing water and sanitation issues, finding solutions for waste disposal and rebuilding the serious issue of proper nursing and medical education in the country.&nbsp; Even when a doctor or nurse is educated well, it is hard to get them to stay.&nbsp; The "brain-drain" that is so common in third world and developing-world countries is very prevalent in Liberia.&nbsp; Everyone who can leave is trying to leave.&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">I continue to stay in touch with the Liberian trainers I worked with in Monrovia.&nbsp; One of them wrote to me two days ago about the ongoing work of visiting health facilities and I think what he said deserves to be repeated here.&nbsp; He wrote:</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br></p><blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><i>One of my greatest passions is to help these facilities with regular capacity-building trainings (health assessment, provision of holistic care, maternal and child health, primary health care, proper customer service, WATSAN etc.). As I tour facilities in and around Monrovia, I have noticed, with key interest, that most of the clinicians at these facilities are not professionals but are performing the responsibilities of professionals. The few professionals are not even aware of the recent renewed medical practice. I think one thing that could help could be to provide regular in-service training and then do a performance-based appraisal to ensure that these trainings are adhered to. This could develop their capacity and improve patient care subsequently.</i></p></blockquote><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">It is clear to me that I am not the only one who recognizes the need for ongoing education and training of professionals in Liberia to help improve health services to patients.&nbsp; This trainer, a masters-level professor of nursing, was a phenomenal mentor to clinics where we visited during my time in Monrovia.&nbsp; He is not the only one.&nbsp; There were other, highly trained individuals, looking for opportunities to help their own country pull itself out of this tragedy, and I was privileged to work alongside them.</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">So back to the question, What comes next?</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">The first, and most obvious answer is to support those people or organizations that are working on the ground, partnering with local leadership and personnel, to meet the needs of Liberia today.&nbsp; Yes, this is also a plug for supporting my work in Liberia and in other countries where I serve.&nbsp; I cannot continue to travel to these areas if I do not have monthly committed donors financially supporting my work.&nbsp; I wish it was different, but it is the reality of being a missionary.&nbsp; It is also one of the hardest parts of my job...asking for financial support.&nbsp; Working in some of the most desperate and hard to reach areas of the world, often in crisis, requires that I have funding available at all times.&nbsp; If that funding is too low, the reality is that I am just not able to go to these places and help.&nbsp; If you would be able to become a regular monthly donor so that I can continue to work around the world, I would be honored to use that gift to continue to bring hope to places that often don't feel much hope anymore.&nbsp; You can click the following link to become a monthly donor:&nbsp;<font color="#004db4"><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel">YES, I WILL SUPPORT KRISTY</a>.</font></p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">There are other ways to support ongoing work in Liberia.&nbsp; International Ministries&nbsp;<font color="#004db4"><a href="http://internationalministries.org/drives/22">One Great Hour of Sharing</a></font>&nbsp;is an offering that is available for crises, like Ebola, and is sent immediately when our partners need funds to respond to disasters.&nbsp;&nbsp;<font color="#004db4"><a href="http://www.medicalteams.org">Medical Teams International (MTI)</a></font>&nbsp;continues to battle Ebola through their outreach programs, sending supplies and staff as well as partnering with local programs.&nbsp; It is my hope that through my volunteer service with them MTI and International Ministries will continue to work together on future projects.&nbsp;&nbsp;<font color="#004db4"><a href="http://www.msf.org">Doctors Without Borders (MSF)</a></font>&nbsp;continues to be one of the best medical relief agencies that I have seen on the ground in Liberia.&nbsp; They are working with other agencies and trying to partner and build communication.&nbsp; I saw them reaching out and sharing information so that we could all work together.&nbsp; They were the first agency to take Ebola seriously and I believe in what they are doing.</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">You can also pray specifically about the situation.&nbsp; I know it always seems like such a small thing to do but I want you to know that it isn't small at all.&nbsp; There are so many times that I have been traveling and was in danger but "for some reason" came out ok, and I guarantee you it was because someone was praying.&nbsp; Pray for the Ebola situation.&nbsp; Pray for the trainers still going out each day.&nbsp; Pray for safety of health workers.&nbsp; Pray for governments and NGO's that fund programs.&nbsp; Pray for healing in countries where so much pain has been a part of their life for so long.&nbsp; Pray.</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Finally, maybe you are being called to volunteer.&nbsp; Volunteering doesn't always mean going overseas.&nbsp; There may be organizations right here in the US that need help with the Ebola crisis.&nbsp; There may be ways you can reach out to West African populations in your own city that are being shunned right now and need to feel love and hope.&nbsp; You can educate yourself about Ebola, be rational and safe, but be educated.&nbsp; Share that knowledge with others and keep others up-to-date with the crisis.&nbsp; Just because it isn't the headline in the news doesn't mean it is no longer affecting thousands of lives.&nbsp; Lend a hand.&nbsp; Help someone.&nbsp; Volunteer.&nbsp; If you are looking for ways in which you can help and you don't know where to start, you can begin by contacting&nbsp;<font color="#004db4"><a href="http://internationalministries.org/get-involved">Volunteer Services</a>&nbsp;</font>at International Ministries (IM).&nbsp; I will be honest; there are not any current volunteer positions in Liberia under IM... few agencies are taking volunteers to work in West Africa.&nbsp;&nbsp;<font color="#004db4"><a href="http://www.medicalteams.org/take-action/volunteer">Medical Teams International (MTI)</a></font>&nbsp;may have openings and you could also contact them.&nbsp; But if you feel led to volunteer your time, please find a way to do that...either here in the US or overseas.&nbsp; Helping others will bless your life and theirs.</p>&nbsp;<p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Thank you for following me on this journey in Liberia.&nbsp; I am so honored to have your support and feel so many walking beside me each place that I go.&nbsp; I hope that you continue to pray for the needs of Liberia and West Africa...for those that continue to fight against the spread of Ebola and for those who, even today, are seeking ways to change the course of this disease.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(69, 50, 43); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><div>Sincerely,</div><i><span class="MainText" style="font-size: 12pt;">Kristy Engel</span><br></i>1-800-222-3872</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td class="FootBack" bgcolor="#CEDFEF" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="background-color: rgb(206, 223, 239);"></td></tr></tbody></table> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 09:50:51 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/56963-part-three-leaving-liberia-now-what- https://internationalministries.org/read/56963-part-three-leaving-liberia-now-what- Working Against Ebola in Liberia <table class="TemplateWidth" border="0" width="600" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="width: 600px;"><tbody><tr><td class="HeadBar" height="8" bgcolor="#000033" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(0, 0, 51);"></td></tr><tr><td class="HeaderBackground" bgcolor="#E6E6E6" valign="bottom" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(230, 230, 230);"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK2"><tbody><tr><td class="TitleText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 51); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 24pt;"><span class="TitleText" style="font-size: 24pt;">Liberia - Part 2</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK3"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1"><p></p></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1"><table class="HeadBar" bgcolor="#000033" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK4" style="background-color: rgb(0, 0, 51);"><tbody><tr><td class="SubtitleDateText" width="380" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 12pt; padding-left: 5px;">Working in Liberia...Facts and Fiction</td><td class="SubtitleDateText" width="180" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="right" style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 12pt; padding-right: 5px;">January 2014</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td class="MessageBack" bgcolor="#E6E6E6" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(230, 230, 230);"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK5"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span class="Greeting" style="color: rgb(49, 49, 49); font-size: 12pt;"><b>Dear friends,</b></span><br><br><div>I hope you enjoyed the first newsletter about how I came to join others in West Africa in their fight against Ebola. Below you will find the continuing story of what it was like for me to work in Liberia. &nbsp;Thank you for your continued support and for believing in the work that I am part of.</div><div><br></div><div>Many blessings,</div><div>Kristy</div><div>&nbsp;</div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td class="MessageBack" bgcolor="#E6E6E6" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="background-color: rgb(230, 230, 230);"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" style="text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1"><hr size="1"></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK7" style="text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><div class="MessageHeader" align="center" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 10pt;"><b>Fighting the Spread of Ebola</b></div><br><div><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">While I was in Brussels for my training with MSF, I learned several things about Ebola that made going a very serious decision.&nbsp; So serious that on the last day of training, in the last hour, they asked all of us to seriously consider if we were ready and if we were not, to PLEASE not go.&nbsp; They told all of us that it was not shameful to walk away at this point but to know your limits.&nbsp; Here is what they shared just before asking us to consider our decision:</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><ol><li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">311 health care workers have died in the outbreak and all worked in Ebola treatment units. (as of early November)</span><br></li><li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Everyone who has had a needle-stick has died.</span><br></li><li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Liberia has lost 30% of its doctors.</span><br></li><li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The disease goes against our natural instincts to care for each other...it destroys families.</span><br></li><li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The time of diagnosis is not playing a factor in mortality or survival.&nbsp; The onset of illness and day of the beginning of therapy does not make a difference in survival.</span></li></ol></p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">These are grim facts to hear just hours from boarding a plane and heading into a country infected with a deadly disease that has no cure.&nbsp; It's no wonder that I didn't sleep much the night before I left for Liberia!&nbsp; But, my decision to go never wavered.&nbsp; I think about 1 Timothy 1:12, which says,&nbsp;<i>"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service."</i>&nbsp; It really is an honor to serve and go forth... I know that must sound corny to some people, but it's the truth.&nbsp; I am honored to be able to go to the places I go and work... to be a light... to show love and compassion through medical work.&nbsp; I really have the best job in the world!</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">My first day in Monrovia (after a late night arrival and the beginning of weeks of no touching, temperature being monitored and hands being washed in a 0.05% chlorine solution) started with the World Health Organization (WHO) cluster meeting.&nbsp; This was a meeting where all aid agencies gathered together once a week to learn about the current situation, any changes and new information.&nbsp; The who's who of everyone Ebola was there... and now so was I!&nbsp; I learned that there was a new language being spoken... an acronym language that I didn't understand.&nbsp; In fact, in the next few days, I wrote down almost 100 acronyms specific to Liberia and Ebola that were used like actual words in most conversations!&nbsp; I had a lot to learn.&nbsp; I had originally thought that language wouldn't be a problem because Liberians spoke English, but the reality was that Ebola had a language all its own and there were no classes to take to help me learn.&nbsp; I just began writing acronyms down and looking them up every night until I had my list.&nbsp; Within 72 hours I was nearly fluent with basic conversational Ebola, and after a week, I was giving advice to another new volunteer and passing along my word list.&nbsp; How quickly time was flying.</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">My job in Liberia was to help the Liberian trainers that worked for Medical Teams International (MTI) teach infection prevention and control (IPC), triage set-up and waste management at almost 130 non-Ebola health facilities that MTI was assigned to by Ministries of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW).&nbsp; (See all of those acronyms in just one sentence!!)&nbsp; Each day 4 teams of 3 trainers would be assigned a set of facilities within Montserrado County, load up SUVs with donated supplies and make site visits.&nbsp; If it was the first time we were visiting a facility, we would tour their facility and do an initial assessment of IPC, waste management and their ability to have triage point in their facility to prevent Ebola from entering the clinic.&nbsp; Then we would begin training from scratch.&nbsp; Other days, we returned to previously visited facilities to mentor or re-train them.&nbsp; This training could take 3-4 hours at a facility and some days we were at 4 facilities.&nbsp; If a clinic was 2 hours away, it could be a long day!!&nbsp; Some centers were rural with poor access to the main city of Monrovia, while others were right in the middle of major market areas and we actually had to ask vendors to move their stalls to drive down roads to get to the clinics that were down back alleys and pressed between larger buildings.&nbsp; Some people were happy to see us and very receptive.&nbsp; Some of the clinic staff could care less that we were there and were blatantly rude.&nbsp; I never knew what to expect each day that I went out with the teams.</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">The one constant of my day was the dedication of the trainers that I worked with.&nbsp; They were amazing people with a heart for making their country safe and ridding it of Ebola.&nbsp; They shared their lives with me and laughed with me and answered my myriad of questions about culture, life and disease in their country.&nbsp; It was hard to say good-bye.&nbsp; I felt like I was abandoning them when they still needed so much support and encouragement.</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br></p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Imagine spending 4 hours training at a clinic, encouraging the workers, giving them supplies so that they can do all of the things you've asked them to do so that they are safe and they send you off with smiles and assurances that they will do all you've asked.&nbsp; Then you go back in just a week and they are doing nothing and pretend that they don't even know you.&nbsp; It can be so discouraging.&nbsp; It can feel like you've wasted your time and energy.&nbsp; Yet these trainers keep going out, day after day, because they still find clinics that are making positive changes and keeping Ebola at bay.&nbsp; We are finding clinics who have made BIG changes and now have more patients than ever because they are now considered safe clinics when before they were not.&nbsp; Change is happening, but in a way that might seem too slow for many of us.&nbsp; I learned a phrase that my Liberian friends taught me... "small, small." &nbsp;Accept the changes you see.&nbsp; They don't have to be big or grand... they can be small, small and that's still a change and that's still ok.&nbsp; So, today, I pray for change to keep moving in a positive direction... little by little... small, small.</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Times-New-Roman; color: black; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">The biggest issue when I left was that people were starting to get too relaxed about Ebola.&nbsp; The numbers of cases were down, so people believed it was gone.&nbsp; Hand-washing stations were disappearing or people just stopped using them.&nbsp; Chlorine wash buckets were empty and no one cared about refilling them.&nbsp; Unfortunately, 3 health care workers died the last week I was there. We have to do better.&nbsp; So the trainers still go out every day and make a difference one clinic at a time.</p><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" style="text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1"><hr size="1"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td class="MessageBack" bgcolor="#E6E6E6" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(230, 230, 230);"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK10"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span class="MessageHeader" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 10pt;"><b>Continue to pray...continue to support</b></span><br><div>There is still so much to be done. &nbsp;For more information on how you can support my ministry and learn about what I do through health ministry around the world, please&nbsp;<a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001DeIzNN5xPiK4g9eSsBJbPq5DV7XhuxjJx7JD2cgVuvMCBYuDb2f7pi8OC1lE-O1GmPJwpvQRy_sQDz1sHpX3TAnHGFQhb4dqTHgNcHWSyF5dDZNFsRmDb-OPQy8yDJ8bFMXx6xhSHXW2Uap3kJsdsQ==" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="font-size: 12pt; color: blue;">click here</a><span style="font-size: 12pt;">.</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10"><tbody><tr><td class="MainText" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><div>Sincerely,</div><i><span class="MainText" style="font-size: 12pt;">Kristy Engel</span><br></i>1-800-222-3872</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td class="HeadBar" bgcolor="#000033" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="background-color: rgb(0, 0, 51);"></td></tr></tbody></table> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 12:07:50 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/56931-working-against-ebola-in-liberia https://internationalministries.org/read/56931-working-against-ebola-in-liberia The Road to Liberia <p class="MsoNormal">Many people might remember the rumblings about Ebola that began back in February or March of 2014.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In all the previous cases of Ebola throughout Africa, this might have been a story for a few days or weeks but then it would have died out, along with the disease, and life would have returned to normal.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The Ebola crisis of West Africa, unfortunately, was, and is, very different.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">The initial warnings about this new Ebola strain went largely unheeded as cases began emerging in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>By the time enough major organizations realized that it wasn’t going to be contained quickly, as in previous outbreaks, people were scrambling resources to manage the situation.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Entire health systems were completely shut down as people were afraid to leave their homes and health workers had limited resources to deal with such a disease.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Liberia, a country only recently out of a brutal civil war, had just begun its recovery when Ebola hit.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It would now be thrown backwards and lose any ground it had gained in that recovery.</p><p class="MsoNormal">As I watched the news and heard the stories of health workers going to serve, my heart ached for all of the people suffering…both those infected and those affected by the disease.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I knew there must be something that all of my years of training had prepared me to do that could be of help in this situation.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I began looking for ways in which I could help, both within International Ministries and with partnering organizations.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I soon realized that most organizations had pulled missionaries out of Liberia for safety reasons and very few were sending in more personnel.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>One such organization was Medical Teams International (MTI).<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I heard about them through a friend and when I read that they were helping to rebuild the local health care clinics so that regular health services could be restored, I knew this was the group I wanted to work with.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I just had to find the way to fit this into an already packed fall schedule!</p><p class="MsoNormal">And if things couldn’t become more complicated, in November, only 2 days after returning from Thailand, my 91-year old grandmother died.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>My grandmother had always followed my travels and once told me that she was living vicariously through me as I wrote to her in my journals.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>She shared them with her friends at church and knew that I had a short break between Thailand and Liberia.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I believe that she was holding out for this time home.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Being a missionary often means missing out on many important family events and I’ve missed 2 of my other grandparent’s funerals when I’ve been overseas.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">After rescheduling my departure for training in Brussels, a quick trip to North Dakota and time with family, I was ready to leave.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It seemed like when I left, most of the US was pretty upset about the Ebola crisis; full of misinformation and almost angry at people who chose to go over to help.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I had, therefore, decided not to tell most people about my decision to go.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I let my church, my family and, of course, International Ministries personnel who needed to know, but I otherwise kept things to myself.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It was the first trip I had taken where I didn’t just shout it out that I was leaving and what I was going to do.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I just didn’t know how people would react.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">The trip was planned so that I would have just enough time to do my 21 days of self-monitoring in the US before leaving for another missions trip to Bolivia.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We had contacted the Bolivian consulate to make sure that was ok and I wouldn’t have any trouble entering the country.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Everything was set.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I was ready to go…excited, eager to help and curious about what exactly we would be doing.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Training in Brussels helped me to know that there were a lot of like-minded people in the world who were going to West Africa to serve people because their hearts were breaking for the suffering there.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Like me, they wanted to get the best training so that they were prepared to understand the Ebola virus and knew how to protect themselves and others.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The training was phenomenal.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has opened up their training to anyone who is going to work with Ebola in any capacity.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>There were people there from every imaginable agency.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>People involved in logistics, air ambulances, orphanages, nutrition, Ebola treatment units (ETU), laboratories, health centers and even administrators of agencies that wouldn’t actually be in-country but wanted to understand the situation better.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We learned how to don the protective gear and work in an ETU, how to test for Ebola, how to interview patients, the psychological trauma associated with Ebola…really everything you could imagine.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Again, it was fantastic preparation.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>They shared all of their information with us, asking that we continue to share with anyone we wanted, so that more people were getting educated about Ebola.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>They said they quickly realized that in this particular crisis, lack of good information was killing people.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In previous disasters, many major NGO’s often kept to themselves and didn’t share information.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Ebola is breaking down this wall because without working together, this battle will be lost.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">The night before I left Brussels for Liberia, I didn’t sleep very well.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I remember lying in bed, not scared for my health or worried I would catch Ebola, but wondering if I would make a difference…if I would be in the way or if I could contribute in a way that could help change the course of this crisis.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Looking back today, I believe that I made a difference and that my presence has helped, if only in a small way.</p><p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>877</o:Words> <o:Characters>4999</o:Characters> <o:Company>International Ministries</o:Company> <o:Lines>41</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>11</o:Paragraphs> 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mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p><p class="MsoNormal">I can’t wait to share more of this journey with you!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I will talk with you about what I did in Liberia and what I learned there as well as what this means for the future and how we can all continue to help.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I hope that you will walk with me on this journey and continue to allow me to share what I’ve seen.<o:p></o:p></p> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/56903-the-road-to-liberia https://internationalministries.org/read/56903-the-road-to-liberia IM Missionary and Time Magazine's 2014 "Person of the Year" <span lang="EN"><p> </p></span><p dir="LTR" align="LEFT">On December 10, <b><i><u>Time</u></i></b> magazine announced that its "Person of the Year" recognition for 2014 would go to "<a href="http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-ebola-fighters-choice/"><span lang="EN">the Ebola Fighters</span></a><span lang="EN">." For the last three weeks, that group has included </span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel"><span lang="EN">Kristy Engel</span></a><span lang="EN">, a nurse practitioner serving with American Baptist International Ministries (IM).</span></p><p> </p><p dir="LTR" align="LEFT">After a dozen years in the Dominican Republic, Engel's current assignment is to serve as IM's Healthcare Relief Resource Regional Missionary for Iberoamerica and the Caribbean. But, Engel says that as she watched the Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa, "Like many all over the world, my heart began breaking...[and] God made a way for me to help."</p><p> </p><p dir="LTR" align="LEFT">That way was to partner with one of the leading agencies in the Ebola response effort within Liberia, <a href="http://http//www.medicalteams.org/"><span lang="EN">Medical Teams International</span></a><span lang="EN"> (MTI). Engel explains that she became part of an MTI team dedicated "to help clinics learn and practice infection prevention and control standards, set up a triage point, and manage waste in the clinic." This piece of the overall Ebola effort seeks to enable local health care workers to respond to Ebola patients while minimizing the risks to themselves and others in the community. </span></p><p> </p><p dir="LTR" align="LEFT">Engel will finish her service in Liberia before Christmas, and carefully follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocol for self-monitoring and limited activity thereafter, to guarantee that her service does not put others at risk.</p><p> </p><p dir="LTR" align="LEFT">MTI's Liberia team celebrated Engel's contribution in its <a href="http://www.medicalteams.org/home/news-events/stories/medical-teams-international-stories/2014/12/13/volunteer-highlights-ebola-fighters-in-liberia"><span lang="EN">December 12 blog post</span></a><span lang="EN">, and her Liberian co-workers gave her the name "Keebah," a term of great honor that means, "the powerful one." At the same time, Engel is enthusiastic as she describes the personnel and the quality of MTI's work in Liberia. And, deeply impressed by the faith and dedication of the Liberians with whom she has had the privilege of serving, Engel says, "To me, they are the Persons of the Year."</span></p><p dir="LTR" align="LEFT"><span lang="EN">Find out more about <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel">Kristy's ministry with IM&nbsp;here</a> and follow Kristy Engel on facebook.</span></p> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/56722-im-missionary-and-time-magazine-s-2014-person-of-the-year- https://internationalministries.org/read/56722-im-missionary-and-time-magazine-s-2014-person-of-the-year- Fall Updates 2014 <div align="center"><table bgcolor="#FFB966" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 185, 102);"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 14px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="text-align: left; background-color: transparent; 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background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 13px 20px 13px 10px;"><a name="LETTER.BLOCK29"></a><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK29" style="text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-size: 18pt; padding: 5px 0px;"><div align="center" style="text-align: center;"><b>World Mission Conference</b></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK15" style="text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-size: 10pt; padding: 7px 0px; color:#FFFFFF">It was a busy summer with meetings and travel for me! This past July brought all missionaries and staff together for a week of envisioning the future of International Ministries at the All Staff Gathering, an event that had not happened in over 15 years. Following the ASG, dozens met with our discernment team to help discover whether God was leading them in the direction of missions, either nationally or internationally while at the same time over 100 international guests gathered to share their vision for future work with International Ministries. All of these meetings culminated in a wonderful celebration, the World Mission Conference, where we celebrated the work and service of International Ministries over the last 200 years.<br></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="text-align: left; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 15px;"><a name="LETTER.BLOCK19"></a><table bgcolor="#EF4644" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK19" style="text-align: left; background-color: rgb(239, 70, 68);"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="color: rgb(140, 32, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; padding: 5px;"><div style="font-size: 18pt; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><b>HEALTH INITIATIVES AROUND THE WORLD</b></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td height="1" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding-bottom: 14px; height: 1px; line-height: 1px;"><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" alt="" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/S.gif" style="display: block;"></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK21" style="text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 10pt; padding: 0px 0px 15px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="margin: 0px;"><tbody><tr><td valign="center" width="33%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="font-size: 10pt; padding: 0px 16px 15px 0px;"><img height="113" vspace="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.228" border="0" hspace="0" width="170" src="https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/228.jpg" style="display: block;"></td><td valign="center" width="34%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="font-size: 10pt; padding: 0px 8px 15px;"><img height="127" vspace="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.235" border="0" hspace="0" width="170" src="https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/235.jpg" style="display: block;"></td><td valign="center" width="33%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="font-size: 10pt; padding: 0px 0px 15px 16px;"><img height="144" vspace="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.241" border="0" hspace="0" width="109" src="https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/241.jpg" style="display: block;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="33%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-size: 10pt; padding: 0px 16px 0px 0px;"><div><div><b>Cochabamba, Bolivia</b></div><br><em>January 10-19, 2015</em></div><div>I will be leading a small medical team to work with the House of Hope medical outreach. We will be assisting their ongoing mobile medical clinics targeting the Quechua people within the Cochabamba community. This will be a time of encouragement and assessment of health needs.<br><br></div></td><td valign="top" width="34%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-size: 10pt; padding: 0px 8px;"><div><div><b>Chiang Mai, Thailand</b></div><br><em>October 16- Nov. 9, 2014</em></div><div>I will be part of a Discovery Team led by International Ministries that will partner with ITDP and a Karen Hill Tribe village near the Thai-Burma border. It will include health teaching, sanitation, some minor medical care and ongoing growth of my understanding of the health in this part of the world.<br><br></div></td><td valign="top" width="33%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-size: 10pt; padding: 0px 0px 0px 16px;"><div><div><b>Bluefields, Nicaragua</b></div><br><em>April 15-22, 2015</em></div><div>This will be the first health-focused Discovery Team co-led by myself and a physician from New York. We hope to continue to build relationships with local health staff as well as begin new projects that will grow access to health care for the community. Sustainable health projects are the hope for future work in this area.<br><br><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="text-align: left; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center"><table border="0" width="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="text-align: left; width: 600px;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding: 0px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; padding: 0px 8px;"><br><br></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></div> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/55773-fall-updates-2014 https://internationalministries.org/read/55773-fall-updates-2014 The big question... <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="background-color: rgb(255, 236, 153);"><tbody><tr><td width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 0px;"><table bgcolor="#FC5351" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK3" style="background-color: rgb(252, 83, 81);"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-size: 18pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; padding-left: 10px; padding-right: 10px;">Kristy Engel Newsletter</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#000000" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); padding: 0px; background-repeat: repeat no-repeat;"><table bgcolor="#FFC5C3" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK4" style="background-color: rgb(255, 197, 195);"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; padding-left: 10px; padding-right: 10px;"><b>Updates and Announcements</b></td><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="right" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; padding-left: 10px; padding-right: 10px;"><b>May 2014</b></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td bgcolor="#F5F5F5" valign="top" width="162" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245); width: 162px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="15" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK6" style="text-align: left; margin-bottom: 6px;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><div align="center" style="text-align: center;"><img height="54" vspace="2" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.234" border="0" hspace="0" width="100" src="https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/234.jpg" style="font-size: 10pt;"></div>The World Missions Conference from July 21-25, 2014 will include all of the missionaries with International Ministries plus over 100 international guests. Food, fun, music and information about amazing ministries will abound! &nbsp;Please make sure you are part of this once in a lifetime conference event. &nbsp;For more information, click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/read/49675-2014-world-mission-conference">World Missions Conference.</a></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="15" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK7" style="text-align: left; margin-bottom: 6px;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span color="#663366" style="color: rgb(102, 51, 102);"><b>Partners</b></span><br><div><img height="92" vspace="0" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.48" hspace="0" width="125" alt="MedSend BW logo" src="https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs063/1101434667062/img/48.jpg"></div><font color="#996699"><a href="http://www.medsend.org">Visit MedSend</a></font></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="15" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK9" style="text-align: left; margin-bottom: 6px;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: rgb(102, 51, 102); font-size: 12pt;"><b>Quick Links...</b></span><div><a href="http://kristynurse.org">Kristy's Website</a><br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel">Make a Donation</a><br></div><div style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel">International Ministries</a></div><div style="font-size: 9pt;"><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/get-involved">Volunteer Opportunities</a></div><div style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</div></td></tr></tbody></table><table bgcolor="#666666" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK10" style="text-align: left; margin-bottom: 6px; background-color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><a class="imgCaptionAnchor" track="on" shape="rect" href="http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/email.jsp?m=1101434667062&amp;id=preview" target="_blank"><img height="31" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="117" optionname="JMML_OPGR1" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/jmml_education1.jpg"></a></td></tr></tbody></table><a name="LETTER.BLOCK20"></a><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="15" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK20" style="text-align: left; margin-bottom: 6px;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: rgb(102, 51, 102); font-size: 12pt;"><b>Psalm 4:8</b></span><div><img height="75" vspace="2" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.239" hspace="0" width="100" src="https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/239.jpg"></div><div><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><em>"In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe."</em></span><br></div>During my travels, these last months, I met many people who had no hope in safety or peace, no hope in food or a roof over their head that night and some, although they may have had a bed to sleep in, may have feared things that come in the night...things you and I only have nightmares about. &nbsp;And yet, I met these same people with a sense of peace about them. &nbsp;I often marveled at their peace and even their laughter and joy...the smiles they greeted me with, knowing their stories and pain, yet seeing their hope. &nbsp;I am privileged beyond measure to continue to witness the miracle of God's overwhelming hope and peace in the lives of so many in this world and marvel that I am a small part in that. Each day we are given opportunities to share that same hope and live a life of peace and joy. &nbsp;We often choose other ways. &nbsp;I would challenge you, today, to be a light of hope and peace to everyone you meet and see how God can use you in new ways!</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td height="1" bgcolor="#666666" width="1" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(102, 102, 102); width: 1px;"></td><td bgcolor="#FFFFFF" valign="top" width="435" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); width: 435px;"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr valign="top"><td valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="25" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK11" style="margin-bottom: 6px;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><b>Dear Friends,</b>&nbsp;<br><br><div>I just wanted to thank you for your continued support and prayers through all of my travels these last few months. &nbsp;I continue to be amazed at the many ways God is using me around the world. &nbsp;I hope you will click on the following link for a video message from me and continue to read below for more updates with my ministry. &nbsp;<font color="#0000ff"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0B8V47hfB8&amp;feature=share&amp;list=UU8oy-APJjmE0Fc8GXJE-Byg">Video message from Kristy</a></font></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table bgcolor="#FFCC66" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 102);"><tbody><tr><td height="1" rowspan="1" colspan="1"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr valign="top"><td valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1"><a name="LETTER.BLOCK13"></a><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="25" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK13" style="margin-bottom: 6px;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 19px;"><b>Past and future travel...</b></span><br><div style="font-size: 12pt;"><img height="75" vspace="5" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.237" hspace="5" width="100" src="https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/237.jpg" align="right">Starting at the beginning of January and through most of March, I was traveling through much of Southeast Asia as well as Nepal and the Dominican Republic in my role as regional Health Care Relief Resource Missionary for International Ministries. &nbsp;Now, I know, these countries aren't all in the same region but I was basically loaned out to other regions to do what I've been doing in Latin America and the Caribbean since 2012. &nbsp;I was able to visit Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal and then end with a visit to the Dominican Republic where I joined a medical work team from Rhode Island. &nbsp;In each of those visits, I was able to ask the question, "If you had the power to change one thing about health in your community, what would you change?" &nbsp;It's a powerful question! &nbsp;In some places, change is dangerous and so no one considers change. &nbsp;I was asking people to dream and consider the possibilities. It was a fascinating journey which I hope to continue to share through successive newsletters focused on each of these countries in the next couple of weeks.</div><div style="font-size: 12pt;"><br></div><div style="font-size: 12pt;">In the next few months I'll be planning a return trip to Thailand to help with a small medical team working as part of a Discovery Team with International Ministries. We will partner with Mike and Becky Mann to work in building latrines and a clean water system for a remote Thai village. &nbsp;During their construction time, I will hopefully have a small medical team helping me see patients. &nbsp;If you are interested, please contact me immediately as the trip is planned for October. &nbsp;I am also planning on returning to Haiti to help the new Baptist Convention hospital in the north with their expansion of the emergency department. &nbsp;It is my hope to have help from the Good Samaritan Hospital in the Dominican Republic as they are a fantastic resource and so close by. &nbsp;Finally, I will continue to work with my friends in Bolivia and Nicaragua as we plan future trips with medical teams and possibly a new Discovery Team (medical!!) to Nicaragua in 2015!! &nbsp;Who wants to join me?</div><div style="font-size: 12pt;"><br></div><div style="font-size: 12pt;">Right now, I'd like to give you a couple of resources that you might find interesting. &nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 12pt;"><br></div><div style="font-size: 12pt;">First, International Ministries has just published the Guide to Global Servants with a page dedicated to every missionaries ministry. &nbsp;To get my ministry page and print it out to use at your church or for your own prayer time, please click here:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/rtqfi93ytyjf78v/Guide%20to%20Global%20Servants.pdf">G2GS</a>.</div><div style="font-size: 12pt;"><br></div><div style="font-size: 12pt;">Next, International Ministries has an informational sheet that can be used to understand donations and ways to donate more clearly. &nbsp;It is called Quick Facts and can be downloaded by clicking here:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/j6axrjwckvrb0wn/QuickFacts_Eng.5.2013.pdf">QuickFacts</a></div><div style="font-size: 12pt;"><br></div><div style="font-size: 12pt;">Finally, for a downloadable prayer list for the month of May for me, please click the following link:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/vl7ebpdwkjkeh1h/Prayer%20List%20Kristy%20Engel%20for%20May%202014.docx">Prayers</a></div><div style="font-size: 12pt;"><br></div><div style="font-size: 12pt;">I will try to update a prayer list that can be downloaded and printed out for churches, prayer groups and Sunday School classes on a regular basis. &nbsp;Please let me know if you find this helpful.</div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr valign="top"><td valign="top" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1"><table bgcolor="#FFCC66" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="background-color: rgb(255, 204, 102);"><tbody><tr><td height="1" rowspan="1" colspan="1"></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="25" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK16" style="margin-bottom: 6px;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(51, 0, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Thank you, again, for all you have done to make this ministry possible. &nbsp;Please know that your involvement continues to reach people around the world as you support me and travel with me on each trip I make.</td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="25" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK17" style="margin-bottom: 6px;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(51, 0, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><div><b>Sincerely,</b></div><div>&nbsp;</div><br>Kristy Engel,<br>International Ministries</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table> Wed, 07 May 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/53877-the-big-question- https://internationalministries.org/read/53877-the-big-question- It's all about relationships! <p></p><table border="0" width="600" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); width: 600px; "><tbody><tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#B5E76C" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 0px; background-color: rgb(181, 231, 108); "><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK4"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(82, 107, 46); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; "><div><b>Dear Kristy,</b></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Thanks for taking the time to read about where I am traveling next and about how you can continue to support this ministry. &nbsp;Below you will find a letter from a current supporter and hear how she feels about this new and exciting ministry.</div><div>&nbsp;</div>Enjoy!</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#B5E76C" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 0px; background-color: rgb(181, 231, 108); "><table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK5"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(82, 107, 46); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; "><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family: 'Arial Narrow', 'Arial MT Condensed Light', sans-serif; font-size: 18pt; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">It's all about relationships!</span></div><img src="https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/222.jpg" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.222" width="100" vspace="5" border="0" alt="Kristy with Goretti Jora, a leader of ministry in Cochabamba, Bolivia" align="right" height="75" hspace="5"><div>I have had the privilege of a visit with Kristy while she was on her New England swing visiting supporting churches and universities this month. &nbsp;It is exciting to hear how she is following God's call on her life and how her ministry in LaRomana was a training ground for what is coming. &nbsp;<br><br>A word that comes to mind is one that I learned the importance of from Kristy. &nbsp;For those of us who have known Kristy and worked with her side by side, I hope you smile when I say the word. &nbsp;That word is&nbsp;<em>relationship</em>. It is the reason that we keep going back to LaRomana. &nbsp;We have built relationships with people we consider our friends and family. Kristy's gifts facilitated that relationship building. She also enabled many of us to build relationships with each other as we planned our trips. That same set of gifts, hewn and sharpened by her years in the DR and Haiti, &nbsp;are exactly what God is using on a much larger scale in her new position as Health Resource coordinator for International Ministries.<br><br>God continues to use Kristy in amazing ways - but it is still about relationship. She is putting people together across the world to help in situations that only God could have orchestrated. &nbsp;<br><br>In our Sunday School class this morning, the question was asked regarding Kristy's financial support. It has decreased significantly since her departure from full-time ministry in LaRomana and so the question was "Why?" There was considerable confusion so I wondered whether others had the same questions. I asked Kristy if I might share some answers.<br><br>First of all, Kristy is not "staff". Though this is a new position for IM, &nbsp;she must still raise her own support. However, she no longer will have the built-in audience that she had in LaRomana. &nbsp;She will be going, at the invitation of other ministries, to evaluate health care needs and helping them to develop the answers to the needs in that community. &nbsp;She must travel more in this position, so she is going to need more support, not less. Already she is slated to go to Bolivia, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia - all this before February. In the past six months, she has been to Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Requesting missions represent some of the poorest areas of the world and therefore are not able to financially support Kristy's work. &nbsp;This has been a leap of faith, first by Kristy and second by International Ministries! &nbsp;But again, who is in control???? God would not have called Kristy if HE didn't think it would work!!!!!&nbsp;</div><div><br>When we support Kristy, it is not because we like what she helped&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline; "><em>US</em></span>&nbsp;accomplish while we are in the Dominican Republic, it is because we are honoring God's call in her life and her obedience in following that call. We write that check because the Holy Spirit has moved in&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline; "><em>OUR</em></span>&nbsp;life to honor the relationship He has fostered. &nbsp;I urge all of us as we speak with our Missions' Boards and consider budgets that are being cut, to remember that Kristy still needs all of our support. &nbsp;This position is brand new but the possibilities that God has in mind are infinitely more than we can imagine. &nbsp;(Ephesians 3:20) &nbsp;To God be the glory as we continue to partner with our sister in Christ. &nbsp;Pray for Kristy as she heads back to Bolivia this month. Read her newsletters and know that she is serving our Lord in a mighty way.<br>Shirley Shuster</div><br><div>For information about supporting Kristy or if you'd like to make a donation right now, please click on the following link: &nbsp;<a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001pZ8cidfGEwcrDCk_5kFTJC1PF0jiVzKnMyWfu1arSrmTVEO1i3sTjmjJgSMJuRy502u42XpClB7D2nIjzBS8bAcied5J5_e5eAsCGFc6EKV_GK-ST6H54_FtYTuRM-h35isyauUk957GT3FC-Y6l5w==" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="color: blue; ">Support Kristy NOW!</a></div><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; ">&nbsp;</p></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK6"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(82, 107, 46); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; "><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family: 'Arial Narrow', 'Arial MT Condensed Light', sans-serif; font-size: 18pt; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 144); ">Medical Team to Bolivia</span></div><img src="https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/72.jpg" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.72" width="100" vspace="5" border="0" alt="Cristo in Cochabamba" align="right" height="133" hspace="5"><div>On October 31, 2013, Kristy will lead a team of 7 volunteers to Cochabamba, Bolivia to help local medical leaders in their ministry to the Kechua and Iyamar indians that have moved to city neighborhoods. &nbsp;They will partner with Bolivian doctors, nurses, dentists and physical therapists to help in mobile medical clinics in poor neighborhoods. &nbsp;There will also be two physical therapists traveling with the team that will connect with a ministry to handicapped children. &nbsp;Their goal will be to train and teach parents and ministry leaders about ways to make the lives of ministry children easier. &nbsp;New relationships will be born and past friendships renewed and grown. &nbsp;Please pray for Kristy and her team (Mark, Becky W., Becky C., Ashley, Corinne, Lois and Rochelle) as they explore the partnership with missionaries Mario Morales and JD and Rhonda Reed in Bolivia. &nbsp;Pictures will be coming throughout the trip so please follow us on Facebook (kristynurse) and look for a new newsletter next month. &nbsp;If you are interested in learning more about the House of Hope and the mission in Cochabamba, Bolivia, please click on the following link: &nbsp;<a shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001pZ8cidfGEwcrDCk_5kFTJC1PF0jiVzKnMyWfu1arSrmTVEO1i3sTjmjJgSMJuRy502u42XpClB7ekzWwJFFgLvvBRpUd4GoHaesi5Lup5NQ=" target="_blank" style="color: blue; ">http://www.bolhope.org</a></div><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; ">&nbsp;</p></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#B5E76C" width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="background-color: rgb(181, 231, 108); padding: 0px; "><table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK8"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(82, 107, 46); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; "><div>Feel free to contact International Ministries with any questions regarding the ministry of Kristy Engel. International Ministries can be reached at 1-800-222-3872 or you can visit their website at:<a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001pZ8cidfGEwcrDCk_5kFTJC1PF0jiVzKnMyWfu1arSrmTVEO1i3sTjmjJgSMJuRy502u42XpClB7D2nIjzBS8bAcied5J5_e5eAsCGFc6EKV_GK-ST6H54zM_abRw7ACz" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="color: blue; ">http://www.internationalministries.org</a>.</div><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; ">&nbsp;</p><div>Sincerely,</div><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; ">&nbsp;</p>Kristy Engel<br>Health Care Resource Missionary, International Ministries</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><p></p> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/50724-it-s-all-about-relationships- https://internationalministries.org/read/50724-it-s-all-about-relationships- September Newsletter <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte 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I am one of the missionaries depending on your support!</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-no-proof:yes">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;">My new ministry throughout the world!</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">I've been a missionary with International Ministries and the American Baptist Churches for more than 13 years, serving in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti. &nbsp;When my role changed in December of 2012, I began working with ministries all over the world to promote health care and begin new health partnerships with countries and conventions already working with International Ministries.&nbsp; My desire is to build on those relationships and understand the health care needs by finding resources and serving in areas that are the most desperate. &nbsp;In the last few months, I've traveled to Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and tomorrow I head off to Haiti. &nbsp;Please read the stories below to see what I've been doing and where I'm being led to serve.</span><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;">Haiti and earthquake recovery</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">On September 8, I will leave for a two week trip to Haiti, visiting the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake as well as a hospital that was the result of American Baptist Churches support of the earthquake relief.&nbsp; I will be working with fellow missionaries, Steve and Nancy James, to help an 8 year old boy with a hole in his heart, to find care through other organizations providing this higher level of care. &nbsp;While in the north, I'll also work with fellow missionaries Nzunga and Khiomi Mabudiga, visit the eye clinic in Cap Haitian that is expanding to include an Ear, Nose and Throat clinic and find ways to support the ongoing opthalmologic ministries. &nbsp;There is much to see during my two week visit throughout the country, trying &nbsp;to understand the ongoing needs that still exist following the earthquake in 2010. Please keep my travels and visits in your prayers.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#262626">Cochabamba, Bolivia</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">For the last several months, I've been working with another fellow missionary, Mario Morales, and the House of Hope in Cochabamba, Bolivia to find ways to meet their health care needs. &nbsp;On October 31, I will lead a medical team from all over the US to serve the poor of Cochabamba alongside the medical volunteers ministering with the House of Hope.&nbsp; The team will include 2 physical therapists that will specifically work with a handicapped children's ministry, an ER physician and his wife, a surgical nurse, a laboratory technologist, a family practice nurse practitioner and a professional photographer who will document our trip. &nbsp;It is a wonderful opportunity to truly work in partnership alongside local medical staff as they serve the Kechua and Iyamar indigent populations.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#262626">Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">In January, following the December celebrations in Myanmar (Burma) for our 200 year partnership, I will travel to Myanmar to visit the Karen Baptist Churches and their ministry training community health workers. &nbsp;Following that visit, I go on to be a guest of the Karen Baptist Convention in Thailand, visiting villages, hospitals and refugee camps to understand the health care needs and find ways to partner in meeting those needs. &nbsp;After a month in Thailand, I will then travel to Cambodia for a week to assess the rural health care needs around Phnom Penh.</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#262626">India and Nepal</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">In the spring of 2014, I will travel to India and Nepal with missionary colleagues to learn more about the possibilities of health care partnerships in India and Nepal. The trip will be focused on understanding what the unmet needs are in these countries, what current health care ministries are taking place and what ways International Ministries can help to meet the discovered needs.&nbsp; I will be relying on established partnerships to guide this trip and help in the discovery of future projects.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#262626">The Dominican Republic and South Africa</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">I've got some outstanding invitations to visit South Africa and Cuba with established ministries in those areas to, again, see what health care partnerships can be expanded or supported.&nbsp; I've also been invited to lead a new medical mission team from the Atlanta area to the Dominican Republic. The possibilities are endless and the invitations continue to pour in, wanting to build relationships around health care ministries and utilizing my many years in mobile medical clinics, disaster relief and community health work in developing and third world countries. &nbsp;It is an opportunity to grow the health ministries of International Ministries, support colleagues and local partnerships as well as learn more about the many needs in our world</span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family: &quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#262626"></span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">How you can support me and this exciting ministry?!</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;; color:#0070C0">Donations</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#0070C0"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">My ministry depends on your faithful gifts to keep me on the field and continuing to meet the health care needs around the world. You can make donations online by clicking the following link: &nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/basket/ordered_items"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">DONATE NOW</span></a><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">Donations may also be sent by mail to:</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">International Ministries</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">PO Box 851</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">Valley Forge, PA</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">19482-0851</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">Write : Kristy Engel on the memo line of your check.&nbsp; Thank you!</span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;; color:#0070C0">World Mission Offering</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#0070C0"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">American Baptist Churches have the unique opportunity to show their commitment and support to missionaries and ministries by supporting the World Missions Offering. &nbsp;Encourage your church to be challenged in their giving this year by increasing their gift by at least 10%. &nbsp;Maybe your Sunday School class or Bible Study group will be challenged to make a donation to a specific ministry or missionary,&nbsp; that you believe in and want to continue bringing hope in this world. &nbsp;Donations can be made </span><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001dJ2s2XZlZcKq02Jw_TIrxbd6czyyqijsLm8rFc7ul4hVUiaVJdBsEHfL_E-ObMf-wsNswpe82y91IXndLgTE4Y92Gsmv7OXfmj1u9QiuHD7HZ6qoMTBP6b7lNef5F1csmtLaJxOo2_760qvkTqHTcZm64H2dRgSK"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">HERE</span></a><span style="font-size:13.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#262626">.</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;; color:#0070C0">Volunteer</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#0070C0"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">Throughout the year, I will need help in specific ministries.&nbsp; Even now, Thailand is looking for medical volunteers to help at the Kwai River Christian Hospital. &nbsp;If you are interested in this opportunity, please click the following link:</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001dJ2s2XZlZcIWyZrx6bjIHACxLdCq3mDoPCbKi5Jx28wB0t7-YsuqaECP79t0kU0YhsOjEAJ4g_3YCjnG80MAJofTlF1_TTrXyX4AlyQT1frwQW1NltaWvIrASA8S7wAcnq8R0cgOwQaFl2yzBKfzovGfaN6bT4uPcJnnnBxrn3teVuCG3e5ikYx0SXFVvy_sALKLTyy1L1xXpKzygFb-27dR1brFCRJihixB-TkUikPaGPXYLUTthHM1P5NAsKW3HB_z7cr3TKw="><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">Thailand Volunteer</span></a><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">. There are many other volunteer opportunities and I'll continue to update you on those opportunities as I find them in my work. If you are interested in volunteering now and finding out what needs have already been identified, please click this link: &nbsp;</span><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001dJ2s2XZlZcLmeB2KP1Ta4AQVZ7K1rZbBfqsgVUtC-q8PVf5io71aXcWOdmP8gDBQA6GO345E0Dys00HZpyleUTtf1-1cjgEuNu_DW-ibdmIWUYuMZupsWiikYakIG5FhWFeCgxyWUW2s402RW_Do1l5FBSRr5AQI"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">Volunteer</span></a><span style="font-size: 13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#262626">.</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;; color:#0070C0">Pray</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#0070C0"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">I would like to challenge you, your family, your church, your Sunday School class or your study group to begin praying for a specific missionary or ministry. Missionaries face many challenges from fund raising goals to travel difficulties to even health concerns, outside of their ministry focus area. &nbsp;I encourage you to learn about these challenges and take them on with committed prayer and support. &nbsp;Find out specific things you can pray about with your selected missionary or ministry and devote your time to keeping them surrounded in prayer.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;">Thank You!</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">Your prayers and committed support are truly a blessing in my life. &nbsp;Through new challenges of traveling around the world, getting used to a home base in Atlanta and keeping track of all of the requests for help, I continue to need your prayers. &nbsp;As you will see on my webpage on the International Ministries website, my ongoing support has dropped significantly since leaving the Dominican Republic. &nbsp;I would encourage you to pray about possible support and begin giving to this amazing ministry that we can partner in together!</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family: &quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Many blessings, </span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:6.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Kristy Engel</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial Narrow&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">International Ministries</span></p> <p></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 02:42:04 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/50197-september-newsletter https://internationalministries.org/read/50197-september-newsletter Health care resources for you! <p>If you would like an internet link to this email, please click here: <a href="http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/archive/1114081301093.html">Health Care Resources for You</a></p><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK13" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(36, 91, 124); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 24pt; padding: 5px; ">Health Care Resources for You</td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK14" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(133, 149, 163); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; padding: 5px; "><div style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; "><b>Greetings!</b></div><br>It's been awhile since I last sent a newsletter and it's only because I've been traveling and working hard in my new role as Health Care Resource missionary for Ibero-America and the Caribbean. &nbsp;Please continue to pray for me, travel mercies and the connections that are forming for this role to provide many more services for the needs in this region. Listed, below, you'll find several organizations that I have recently been working with. &nbsp;I thought you might enjoy having information about them and potentially using them for your church, group or individual work around the world. I will also include some links for travel information, vaccines and recipes from many countries where I work or will be traveling to. &nbsp;Enjoy and many blessings!<br><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="center" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14pt; padding: 0px 0px 5px; "></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="color: rgb(106, 135, 167); font-size: 10pt; "><div><div><br></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; ">Have you ever been frustrated by the long lines at airports or in customs when returning to the US from a trip? &nbsp;Let me tell you about a great resource to almost eliminate travel wait times: Global Entry.</span></div></div><div style="text-align: left;">Global Entry is a registering program for people who regularly travel across US borders or within the US by plane. &nbsp;For more information click the following link:</div><div style="text-align: left;"><font color="#0000ff"><a href="http://www.globalentry.gov">Global Entry</a></font></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK16" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(36, 91, 124); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 18pt; padding: 5px 5px 0px; ">Build-A-Bridge</td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK17" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="padding: 5px; "><img height="70" vspace="5" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.78" hspace="5" width="300" src="https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/78.png?a=1114081301093" align="right"><div style="color: rgb(133, 149, 163); font-family: Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; text-align: justify; ">The mission of Build-A-Bridge is to engage creative people and the transformative power of art making to bring hope and healing to children, families, and communities in the toughest places of the world. &nbsp;BuildaBridge offers 3 unique programs featuring cross-cultural perspectives and arts-integrated approaches that are child-centered, trauma-informed and hope-infused:&nbsp; Community, International and Institute for Arts and Transformation. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="color: rgb(133, 149, 163); font-family: Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; text-align: justify; ">Our constituent audience consists of the lower 20% of the US and world's population who suffer in abject poverty, physical pain, homelessness and emotional suffering as a result of war, catastrophic natural disasters, human trafficking, abuse and neglect. BuildaBridge recognizes that these people desire to live with hope and joy, strong connections to family and local communities, fair and satisfactory employment, and meaningful visions for their future, and the future of their children.</span></div><div style="color: rgb(133, 149, 163); font-family: Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; text-align: justify; ">For more information, click the link below:</span></div><div><font color="#d2844e"><a href="http://www.buildabridge.org">BuildaBridge</a></font></div><div><br></div><div><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK19"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(36, 91, 124); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 18pt; padding: 5px 5px 0px; ">Restoring Vision</td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK20"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(133, 149, 163); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; padding: 5px; "><div><img height="38" vspace="5" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.77" hspace="10" width="100" src="https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs150/1101434667062/img/77.jpg?a=1114081301093" align="right" style="display: block; ">RestoringVision is a non profit that supplies new reading and sunglasses to groups going to, or in, developing countries. We have been doing this for nearly 10 years and have supplied over 1.8M glasses to over 600 groups going to 75 countries. About 30% of the groups we supply are from churches doing global outreach. When people who have not been able to read The Bible put on a pair of readers, their lives are instantly transformed. Many people tell us that supplying the glasses is among the highlights of their trips. And it takes almost no training to dispense readers. (And none to dispense sunglasses.)<br>Click the link below for more information:</div><div><font color="#d2844e"><a href="http://www.restoringvision.org">Restoring Vision</a></font></div><div><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK22" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(36, 91, 124); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 18pt; padding: 5px 5px 0px; ">Travel Tips for everyone!</td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK23" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(133, 149, 163); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; padding: 5px; "><div><img height="150" vspace="5" border="0" hspace="10" width="100" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/ui/stock1/passport_pocket.jpg" align="right" style="display: block; ">In this section you will find links to some of my favorite sites for information about different countries. &nbsp;There are links for vaccine information specific to a country, how to register with the State Department for your trip (in case of emergencies), recipes of some of those foods you ate and just loved while traveling and finally some general travel tips from trusted sources. &nbsp;You will be bookmarking these in your browser and using them in the future! &nbsp;Maybe you can try a new recipe, like Sancocho, this weekend, just for fun! &nbsp;Just click the highlighted links.</div><br><div><font color="#d2844e"><a href="http://www.globalentry.gov">Global Entry</a></font>&nbsp;- when approved, you avoid long customs and security lines in the airport!</div><br><div><font color="#d2844e"><a href="http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/traveler-information-center">CDC website</a></font>&nbsp;for travel vaccines</div><br><div><font color="#d2844e"><a href="http://www.state.gov/travel/">State Department</a></font><a rel="nofollow" track="on" shape="rect" href="http://www.state.gov/travel/" linktype="1" target="_blank"><font color="#d2844e">&nbsp;</font></a>website for country information and travel safety</div><br><div><font color="#d2844e"><a href="https://step.state.gov/step/">STEP</a></font>&nbsp;registration for international travel (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)</div><br><div>Enroll for&nbsp;<font color="#d2844e"><a href="https://step.state.gov/step/">travel warnings</a></font>&nbsp;sent to your email</div><br><div><font color="#d2844e"><a href="http://www.dominicancooking.com/recipes/page/4">Dominican Republic recipes</a></font>&nbsp;- here's where you'll find the Sancocho recipe (it's a WONDERFUL stew for the fall!) and those fried plantains we all love!</div><br><div><font color="#d2844e"><a href="http://www.internationalrecipes.net/recipes/advanced.pl">International recipes</a></font>&nbsp;- choose your location and begin the search for some interesting foods that you can try at home.</div></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="padding: 10px 0px; height: 1px; line-height: 1px; "><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td height="1" bgcolor="#B6BFC9" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="padding-bottom: 0px; background-color: rgb(182, 191, 201); height: 1px; "><img height="1" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0" width="5" alt="" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/S.gif" style="display: block; "></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK25" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="left" style="color: rgb(133, 149, 163); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; padding: 5px; ">I hope you've enjoyed getting a more "informative" email than usual and that the resources I've given you will make your future trip even more enjoyable! &nbsp;Let me know if you try any new recipes!!<br><br>Sincerely,<br><br>Kristy Engel, International Ministries</td></tr></tbody></table><br><p></p> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/49448-health-care-resources-for-you- https://internationalministries.org/read/49448-health-care-resources-for-you- Missionaries Comment on International Women's Day <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> 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style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We invited your women missionaries to answer this question: <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u>How have women leaders impacted you?</u><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></b>Their answers are printed below and they will also appear on International Ministries Facebook wall throughout the day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Some of the missionaries have taken this question to their own Facebook wall.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Jill Lowery is living in the United States right now, and wrote that she is missing the observance of International Women's Day back in Congo.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Kihomi Nzunga reported last year about parades in the streets in Haiti.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Mayra Giovanetti in Nicaragua has written a journal in tribute to International Women’s Day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>(<a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/read/47187-women-gaining-momentum-mujeres-ganando-impulso-">Click here</a> to read it.)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>And Mylinda Baits shared <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dnq2QeCvwpw&amp;feature=shar">this link to a song called "One Woman"</a> from the United Nations that is a shining example of the global community working together.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Originally called International <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Working </b>Women’s Day, this annual event has a different focus depending on the country and culture.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In some places it is a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women, while elsewhere it lifts up women’s economic, political and social achievements, and examines the struggles of women worldwide.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The day has lost its political flavor in some regions and has become an occasion for expressing love, similar to Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u>How have women leaders impacted you?</u></b></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><br><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">I'm so thankful for the many women leaders that God put in my life, starting with my own mother.&nbsp; I could name several more of them, but wouldn't want to forget anyone.&nbsp; What they all have in common is their passion for the Lord and faithfulness to serve Him, even in the most difficult circumstances.&nbsp; Their example encourages me to try to do the same.&nbsp; </span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin"> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Jill Lowery, missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo</i></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Women leaders have impacted my life by showing me that I am not limited by my gender but rather I have been gifted with unique abilities to show God's grace and love. &nbsp;Others have also shown me that I can do anything I set my mind to!</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Kristy Engel, missionary in the Caribbean and Iberoamerica</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">My seminary professor Carol Schreck invited me to do a first person narrative of the bent-over woman in Luke 13 as part of a worship service celebrating women in ministry.&nbsp; The physical act of portraying a bent-over woman, and then being set free to stand up in Jesus liberated my soul that evening.&nbsp; It marked the beginning of letting go of all the "bent-over" places in my life. It is a story I go back to over and over when I feel overwhelmed by physical &amp; emotional wounds, as well as by legalistic restrictions imposed on me by the Pharisees in my life.&nbsp; Later, I asked Carol why she chose me to enact that woman's story.&nbsp; "Lots of reasons," she responded, "But mostly because you needed to be set free."</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"> </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Joyce Anderson Reed, missionary in Mexico</span></i></b></i></b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Dot Yoder was my favorite teacher. &nbsp;I took elementary school art classes from her at the Agnes Irwin School. &nbsp;She instilled in me a love for creating art that continues to this day.&nbsp;One day in early elementary school, I painted "The Parting of the Red Sea". &nbsp;It consisted of a field of red paint on the left third of the page, another field of red paint on the right third of the page and the blank, white paper in the middle. &nbsp;Mrs. Yoder laughed and laughed and said it was, "just perfect!".&nbsp;&nbsp;Come to find out later that Mrs. Yoder was a committed Christian believer and sang in the church choir. &nbsp;Memories of her warm, tender smile and encouraging spirit hover over my shoulder even now when I paint and when I teach art classes for our girls at the New Life Center. &nbsp; Mrs. Yoder passed away in 2005, and I never told her how much I loved and appreciated her. &nbsp;So here's to Mrs. Yoder. &nbsp;You made a difference in my life!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Kit Ripley, missionary in Thailand</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Manay Ruth Corvera once told me “everything you put on the table should have beauty - this is a good life rule as well!” &nbsp;Manay Ruth dedicated her life to releasing the hidden potential in others, to helping people help themselves. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;She adopted our young family in the Philippines and cared for us as friends and colleagues, even becoming an honorary grandmother to Elena and Asa, our children. &nbsp;She is a strong, fierce, loving, woman of God.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Today Manay Ruth is now retired.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>She was the Founder and Director of the Katin-aran Center, the Christian community outreach program of Central Philippine University. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Manay = honorific meaning respected, beloved, admired.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Mercy Bedona was my dear sister and colleague in the Philippines. &nbsp;She was a female Barnabas who encouraged, guided, and mentored others in their personal and professional growth. &nbsp;She was a committed, visionary leader in both the local church and the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, urging us all to live out kingdom values. &nbsp;As my dear friend, she walked with me through some dark valleys.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Mercy and I served together at Central Philippine University, the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, and Community Christian Church in the Philippines. &nbsp;She went to be with the Lord in January 2012. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Ann Borquist, missionary in Brazil</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">My mom was a single parent for most of my early years so she taught me never to give up, the importance of education and the strength received through my relationship with God and the faith community. &nbsp; Later as a young woman growing up in the church in Puerto Rico, I was surrounded by many female role models. They taught me to acknowledge and respond to my call. God gives us what we need at the right time. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Around that same time I heard a woman preach at our church and what stands out with her was her appearance. You could hear the passion for ministry in the sound of her voice; you could see her confidence by how she stood and presented herself. I don’t remember her sermon but do remember that she wore a beautiful scarf. She taught me that public speaking is part of a complete package. The final woman I want to mention is my daughter as she shows me her willingness to meet each challenge head on, sometimes with fear and uncertainty but she continues the journey. She reminds me that the call to serve will continue even after I become a memory.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">I have met many women in ministry who have influenced me in so many ways; yet the main lesson that is repeated is the dedication, compassion and love they demonstrate to the people they serve and with whom they serve. Some are young while others wear gracefully the trophies of age; yet all of them have taught me that the struggles I have encountered are not new and that I am not alone on this journey. They are my teachers, partners and friends and part of the great cloud of witnesses. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Mercy Gonzalez-Barnes, missionary in Mexico</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span><p></p><p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Women leaders gave me opportunities to try my hand at leading, encouraging me and giving me constructive criticism as I learned.&nbsp; <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Women leaders working out of feminine strength taught me that I have unique contributions to make just because I'm female.&nbsp;</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Debbie Kelsey, missionary in Italy</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">As a young seminary student, I had little, to no previous exposure to women in leadership, let alone those pursuing pastoral ministry. My first roommate was a graduating senior, Joan Friesen, who now serves the churches of the Indianapolis region as their executive minister. As I observed her in her studies and interactions with people, I got a glimpse of a life called out to serve within and outside of the church. Joan continues to this day to be a person who calls out the best in me, stays connected in tangible ways, and lives a life worthy of the Gospel to which she was called.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Mylinda Baits, missionary in Costa Rica</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black">On this International Day of the woman, I think of so many women who have changed their world. But they all stand in the background, almost as a backdrop to one woman who changed my life. Her name was Carol Kimbriel. She was not a simple woman. She was a mother and a housewife, a leader in her church, and the financial manager of her husband´s business. But most importantly for me, she was my mentor. She was my best friend´s mother, who somehow in her busy life, found space for me. She encouraged, me believed in me, and “straightened me out” when I needed it. She changed my life and she is the inspiration for the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Talita Kumi</i> Girl´s Clubs ministry, matching young girls who need some encouragement, with women who are always willing to make a little extra room for one more.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i 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&nbsp;Read below about my trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia and how my dog, Kobe, is now retired in a new home.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">SCRIPTURE MESSAGE<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial">Ecclesiastes 3:11-14</span></b><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial">"He has made everything beautiful in its time.&nbsp;He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet&nbsp;no one can fathom&nbsp;what God has done from beginning to end.</span></i><b><i><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">&nbsp;</span></i></b><i><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial">I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.</span></i><b><i><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">&nbsp;</span></i></b><i><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial">That each of them may eat and drink,&nbsp;and find satisfaction&nbsp;in all their toil-this is the gift of God.</span></i><b><i><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">&nbsp;</span></i></b><i><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial">I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him." &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></i><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-style:italic"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-style: italic"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial">Retired Missionary Dog</span></b><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">As a missionary, I understand that I will often be called upon to make sacrifices that others do not have to make and I will often be living under conditions that are not easy. &nbsp;A couple of weeks ago, I faced one of my most emotional and difficult sacrifices...I had to find a new home for my dog of 10 1/2 years, Kobe. &nbsp;My new role means that I will be traveling a lot and it just wasn't possible to have Kobe with me on those trips. &nbsp;I am also moving to a new home outside of Atlanta, GA in April and since I don't know many people in the area, I couldn't count on having someone watch him during my travels. &nbsp;So, I had to face the fact that Kobe needed a new home. &nbsp;As many of you know, Kobe worked with me in the Dominican Republic to help children learn about hygiene, especially dental hygiene, as I brushed his teeth in demonstrations. &nbsp;He was also my companion and helped me feel like I wasn't so alone living overseas and being single. &nbsp;He was my faithful friend, protector and exercise buddy and it was time to say good-bye. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">Over the years, I've been blessed to make many amazing friends and knew that God would show me who it was that could care for Kobe the way I do and would love him as much as me. &nbsp;Rex and Becky Cooper, from the Mattoon, IL First Baptist Church were the perfect match. &nbsp;They have such a love for animals and are some of my dearest friends and confidants. &nbsp;When they offered to care for Kobe and be his new family, I didn't even consider anyone else. &nbsp;The hard part was walking away, not knowing when I would see Kobe again. &nbsp;But, Mattoon FBC stepped in and have become this retired missionary dog's new family. &nbsp;They've promised to love him and care for him and continue to share his story of how even a dog can be a missionary and reach people in need. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">So, Kobe is in a great home...and continuing his ministry by providing unconditional love to Becky and her family as they had to face her mother's death only days after Kobe moved in. &nbsp;He kept Becky's father company and has been there for big hugs. &nbsp;He did that for me, too, when my mom died. &nbsp;So, despite his "retirement," Kobe continues to minister and be a missionary wherever he is sent...kind of like me!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">The following information about Goretti was shared with me by Mario Morales, International Ministries missionary in Cochabamba, Bolivia and the House of Hope.&nbsp; We wanted to tell Goretti's story together so that others would know of the sacrifices made by so many leaders involved in the House of Hope.&nbsp; If you are interested in helping with these ministries, please contact Mario Morales through the IM website at: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/80-morales">MARIO MORALES.</a><o:p></o:p></span></p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span><p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The House of Hope, Cochabamba, Bolivia<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">To say that I was completely impressed by the ministries under the House of Hope in Bolivia would be an understatement.&nbsp; I was blown away by the dedication of the local leaders that coordinate more than 70 different ministries in the Cochabamba area.&nbsp; These ministries range from working with children at risk in the red-light district to programs for handicapped children who are otherwise shunned to agricultural and green projects, including solar panel installations to soy milk distributions in malnourished neighborhoods and even ministries that simply bathe babies who live in some of the most impoverished parts of Cochabamba.&nbsp; All of this done with little or no outside help...just the determination and spirit of Bolivian Christians who want to see those at need helped in any way possible.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">One of the women I met who most impressed me was a woman named Goretti.&nbsp; Goretti was born in Cochabamba and in high school, applied for a scholarship to a university in Russia, despite having never left Bolivia before and not knowing the Russian language.&nbsp; She won the scholarship and moved to Russia to study chemical engineering.&nbsp; Despite the obstacles facing her, she graduated with honors and a masters in chemical engineering.&nbsp; She then proceeded to work throughout Europe in her specialty, always applying herself with everything she had, building a stellar reputation.&nbsp; When she moved to Germany, she met some friends who were Christians and began going to church.&nbsp; It was there that she gave her life to Christ and started feeling a pull to return to Bolivia and minister to the children at risk in the red light district of Cochabamba.&nbsp; Finally, with the help of her German brothers and sisters, Goretti sold everything, quit her job and moved back to Cochabamba to begin a ministry there.&nbsp; She bought a piece of land in the hills outside of the city with the idea that it would one day hold a home and sanctuary for the most at-risk children.&nbsp; She started working out of a small building in the middle of the red light district and encouraging children to study hard in school, attend church and be part of the outings that she planned.&nbsp; For many years, she worked diligently to show these kids a new way of life and the love of Jesus.&nbsp; Unfortunately, the first 14 girls she ministered to, all ended up in prostitution eventually.&nbsp; But, this setback did not stop Goretti.&nbsp; She began work on building a home for these children on her hillside property and kept being a presence in the lives of children in this difficult neighborhood.&nbsp; She now has 35 kids in her program and lives on the property where the kids receive meals, care and love.&nbsp; She has plans for a garden and projects to teach new skills to the children so that they have choices other than prostitution.&nbsp; But, as she arrives home late at night, she still sees children as young as 4 years old, playing in the gutters at 11pm.&nbsp; Her heart breaks for these kids and she stays awake many nights praying for their safety.&nbsp; When I asked her what her biggest dreams were for this program, called Fundacion Emanuel, she simply said, "I want every child to know Jesus."&nbsp; Don't we all.<o:p></o:p></p><br><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">Thank you, again, for all of your prayers and support in this new ministry that I'm embarking on. &nbsp;I will be in Mexico next week, Nicaragua in April and Haiti in June. &nbsp;Please continue to pray for discernment in all of the ministries where I'm being asked to help as well as travel mercies for all of my journeys. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">Sincerely,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">Kristy Engel<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">Health Care Resource Missionary to IberoAmerica and the Caribbean<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">International Ministries</span><o:p></o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/47115-february-28-2013-newsletter https://internationalministries.org/read/47115-february-28-2013-newsletter IM Announces Expanded Role for Kristy Engel <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapedefaults v:ext="edit" spidmax="1026"/> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapelayout v:ext="edit"> <o:idmap v:ext="edit" data="1"/> </o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--> </p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">The New Year is bringing an expanded role for International Ministries (IM) medical missionary, Kristy Engel.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>After serving for 12 years as a pediatric health practitioner and coordinator of medical and volunteer teams at the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana, Dominican Republic, Kristy will be employing her medical skills and experience in a wider field of service.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri"></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">Starting this year, Kristy becomes one of IM’s regional missionaries. This means that she will serve all of Iberoamerica and the Caribbean (Haiti, Cuba, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Costa Rica).<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In this new role, Kristy, a fluent Spanish-speaker, will put her medical experience and training to work for medical relief associated with crises, education, medical resources, encouragement, and continuing education. </span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri"></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">“I can’t express to you how excited I am about my new role,” wrote Kristy in a recent journal about her transition. There are exciting new places that need health care teams and ongoing projects that are expanding or changing to meet the needs of their community,” she explains. “And my role in all of this is to connect needs with resources while also being able to serve in some of the most desperate areas throughout the region.”</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">Kristy will start by assisting three IM ministries: the <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">House of Hope in Cochabamba, Bolivia</b>; <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Deborah’s House in Tijuana, Mexico; and the Cap Haitien Eye Clinic in Haiti.</b><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri"></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">In Bolivia, Kristy will work with IM missionary Mario Morales at the </span><a href="http://bolhope.org/"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">House of Hope</span></a><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">, which provides medical services to children and their families.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>While she is there in February, Kristy will work with a church from Ohio, and local physicians who are volunteering their time at the House of Hope. </span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri"></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">In Mexico, Kristy will be partnering with IM missionaries Ray and Adalia Schellinger-Guti</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">é</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family: Calibri">rrez at </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Deborahs-House/67955750255"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">Deborah’s House</span></a><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>This special ministry assists women and children who have experienced abuse and trafficking and is changing lives.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Kristy is going to work with Ray and Adalia to find ways to replicate this program throughout Latin America.</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri"></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">And in Haiti, Kristy will be working with IM missionary Nzunga Mabudiga as the </span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/projects/74"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">Cap Haitien Eye Clinic</span></a><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri"> expands its work to include an ear, nose and throat specialty.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Kristy will be helping to find partners for construction, medical supplies, and sponsors so that they can continue to provide free medical care. </span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri"></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">Kristy’s reassignment does not change her status as an IM missionary or her fundraising needs.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Her move entails a change of focus and location only.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>She will live in Atlanta, Georgia, where she can easily and quickly access transportation to the many ministries that are calling on her services.</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri"></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">To learn more about Kristy or to <a name="_GoBack"></a>support her work, visit her </span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/63-engel"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri">profile</span></a><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri"> for more 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health care teams and ongoing projects that are expanding or changing to meet the needs of their community. &nbsp;And my role in all of this is to connect needs with resources while also being able to serve in some of the most desperate areas throughout IberoAmerica and the Caribbean.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial">Several people have asked me two very important questions that I want to answer for all of you. &nbsp;"Am I still a missionary with International Ministries?" and "Do I still have to raise my funding?" &nbsp;The answer to both of these questions is, YES! &nbsp;I am still a full-time International Ministries missionary and I will be based in Atlanta, solely for having greater access to travel quickly to many locations in an emergency. &nbsp;I still have my normal fundraising goals to meet each year and hope that if you or your church has any questions about this that you will contact me immediately. &nbsp;Just because I'm based in the US doesn't mean I will actually be here that much and have several trips planned in the next few weeks. &nbsp;You can read more about the first three projects below!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial; color:#339694">Cochabamba, Bolivia</span></b><span style="font-size:13.0pt; font-family:Arial;color:#339694"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial">In early February, I will be traveling to Cochabamba, Bolivia to work with fellow missionary Mario Morales and the House of Hope. &nbsp;The House of Hope works to alleviate the health care needs of children and their families by providing medical services, leadership projects and partnerships with local churches. &nbsp;I'll have the opportunity to work with a church from Ohio as well as local physicians who are volunteering their time for the House of Hope. &nbsp;To learn more about this ministry and how you can help expand the work (maybe to the Bolivian Amazon!), please contact me about working on a medical team or other project.&nbsp;&nbsp; Learn more by clicking <a href="http://bolhope.org">HERE!</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial; color:#339694">Deborah's House</span></b><span style="font-size:13.0pt; font-family:Arial;color:#339694"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial">Missionaries Ray and Adalia Schellinger-Guttierez have partnered and guided a women's shelter and counseling center in Tiajuana, Mexico named, Deborah's House. &nbsp;The facility works with local churches and is able to give hope to women and children who have experienced a lifetime of abuse, trafficking or misuse. &nbsp;Deborah's House has had such a life-changing impact on women and children's lives that we are working to plant other homes in new locations throughout Latin America. &nbsp;Their model of whole-person care as well as ministry with the abusers is one that needs to be replicated in other needy areas. &nbsp;I will be working with Ray and Adalia to establish new Deborah's House ministries throughout Latin America.&nbsp; Learn more by clicking <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Deborahs-House/67955750255">HERE!</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial; color:#339694">Haiti Eye Clinic Expands!</span></b><span style="font-size:13.0pt; font-family:Arial;color:#339694"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial">Missionary Nzunga Mabudiga has been helping to administer the eye clinic in Cap Haitien, Haiti for many years now. They provide much needed eye surgeries, glasses and consultations to a population without any other hope. &nbsp;Recently, the clinic decided to expand their work to include an Ear, Nose and Throat specialty and have asked for my help in locating individuals that would like to partner with this clinic in a construction project. &nbsp;They are also in need of supplies for their eye clinic and sponsors so that they can continue to provide free services and care. &nbsp;If you are interested in working with us on this project, please click the link below or contact me about how you can help.&nbsp; Learn more by clicking <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/projects/74">HERE!</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial">URGENT NEED IN THAILAND!</span></b><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial">One opportunity that is outside of my region but is VERY needed right now is in Chiang Rai, Thailand at the Chiang Rai International Christian School (CRICS). &nbsp;They need volunteer teachers and administrative staff, including a school nurse! &nbsp;They will take retired people or new college graduates so if you are looking for an amazing experience working with children in Thailand, please click the link to&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001inCqr-QWWDzV0bxhUA60siHP5fuQUN95Vu0eFE-G3puxBfS_2LOvWaD60SYWzrciQeKmys0r445fJrp3nUIPX6lJMZg50HLoonbmoJAD51DUkchdFvknLv23fufvPl4tB2eGMPv-N-ymP-aniXCNhrPzxRFkFNFUG9zrQ4T0JHsNh5QrulFDSa3OZI4z90cX7G6VmOH0fdYMIuqQHFdws9o4LcT0J6CXnHC5QvrGOgIztPxvDtc7yeDVSqb37nHKD3y1YaD38TM="><span style="color:#339694">Learn More</span></a> about what it means to be a volunteer in Thailand.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:56:58 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46644-january-2013-updates 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mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#262626">•<span style="font-size: 7pt; ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:#262626">Encouraging other missionaries through partnerships, assistance, filling in and working on projects together.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#262626">Whew! &nbsp;As big as this sounds I have to admit that I am thrilled that International Ministries supports this new role for me. &nbsp;My area director, Jose Norat-Rodriguez, and I will be evaluating the projects presented to us by our partners and colleagues to decide together where I need to serve throughout the year. &nbsp;There is also the possibility of working within other regions (outside of Ibero-America) on special projects or in emergency situations as the need would arise but these situations would be decided on as we go along. The focus right now is Ibero-America and the health care issues that this area of the world faces. &nbsp;This can encompass medical clinics, feeding programs, health care relief, special projects, assessments and much more!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#262626">I appreciate your patience in waiting with me and keeping me in your prayers through this discernment process. &nbsp;If you could see me right now, you'd see a HUGE smile on my face and an energy to become involved in the needs facing this region. &nbsp;I can hardly wait to connect people with the requests for help and educate folks on how much more we can do. &nbsp;Are you ready to join me? &nbsp;If you are interested in having your name placed on a list for future work with me, please click on the following link, fill out the form, and return it to me. &nbsp;I will not distribute your information to anyone without your consent first and your information will be used only for my database to match needs with resources. &nbsp;There are many needs that do not require you to be a doctor or a nurse so please make sure you fill out the form if you would like to work with me in the future!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#262626"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001rD-O1hqr0ymyzD9csaDnwM4Hoyj88eibBxSLKHYOZK1fk1STCAlkv38CIS8w73zTbBTSviWYEUFfhZ0pRLjkwBf_JSngwdDSE5p2sxnlp-R_FV_lH0cKcy3oZoDNvvO4FollWrvdr50fPyBOLi5YfPSAG-SpRwAprSRdnjmBifM-pni5_VuGyXVezzKdr4PdCyR0diPXDIF5yVLtzFGC20FkKVn80mVG2iX3dGySZMOSsc8Eez33SEJ_0GPrZ7ftFMPxNThicjY44MwYRIkHJT2rptYbSY-YEyL9M8y4T_JilbK2LBE3x-OXDorpDLRve997UOykl8m4_cZ72Ea93w==">CLICK HERE FOR FORM</a></span></p><blockquote type="cite"><div id="rootDiv"><div align="center"><table bgcolor="#e5e5e5" border="0" background="http://img.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/tank-hol2-ptn.gif" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="20" style="background-image: url(http://img.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/tank-hol2-ptn.gif); background-color: rgb(229, 229, 229); margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; background-repeat: repeat repeat; "><tbody><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center"><table border="0" width="600" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="width: 600px; "><tbody><tr><td width="100%" rowspan="1" colspan="1"><table bgcolor="#FFFFFF" border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><tbody><tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="top" width="200" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width: 200px; "><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK18"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="1" colspan="1" align="center" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; text-align: center; "><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: rgb(110, 148, 158); font-size: 14pt; ">A visit to your church or organization?</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><img height="108" border="0" width="125" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/ui/stock1/suitcase-icon.gif" style="font-size: 10pt; "><span style="font-size: 10pt; ">&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; ">Are you interested in having Kristy Engel visit your church, school,&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; ">university or organization? &nbsp;Are you interested in learning more about how&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; ">you can partner with her in this new role? &nbsp;Make sure you contact&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; ">Ruthie Stevens at International Ministries to find out how to make that&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; ">happen!</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div></blockquote><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#262626">I want to sincerely thank each of you for your years of support, prayers and encouragement. &nbsp;As this journey continues together, it is my prayer that each of you may find the wonder and joy that I do, as I continue to serve others in need.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#262626">Sincerely,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:24.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; 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Beginnings</b></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">For the last twelve years, I have been working in La Romana, Dominican Republic, serving alongside many volunteers and co-workers from the Good Samaritan Hospital and the Maranatha Baptist Church.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Many of you may remember that I originally came to La Romana on an evaluation trip of only two months but soon heard God calling me to stay and work with my brothers and sisters here in this beautiful yet needy country.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The work here has been filled with challenges, joys, tears and long hours working tirelessly but it has mostly been filled with a deep sense of God’s calling to ministry in La Romana.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">About four weeks ago, during the World Missions Conference, I heard Pastor Ken Fong preaching about the challenges in our life and asking us about our comfort level in life.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri">He spoke about when we are very comfortable we learn to rely on ourselves and not on God.&nbsp; </span>When I thought about both of those questions in regards to my work here in La Romana, I quickly began to feel God tugging at my heart and quietly speaking to me about a change.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It was surprising and a bit overwhelming to think about, but when I agreed that yes, it was time for a change, an overwhelming peace settled in my heart.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And so, I’m writing to let you know that I will be leaving La Romana and the ministry here on August 1, 2012…just a few short weeks away.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It’s a sad and yet an exciting time in my life.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Sad, because I will be leaving friends and family, during what is a wonderfully blessed time in ministry.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I want to be clear that that I am leaving on very good terms and in fact, I am probably at one of the most respected and productive times in my career here and my friendships are dearer to me than ever.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It has been a shock to the community here but I truly believe that God is calling me to other ministries.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Therefore, it is also an exciting time in my life!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Over the next several months, I will be discussing with International Ministries the options I have in re-assignment as well as the needs I am hoping to fulfill.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Already it is a bit overwhelming to think about all of the possibilities and I will certainly need your prayers during this time of discernment.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">On August 1<sup>st</sup> I will move to Columbia, Missouri where my sister and her family live, hoping to find an apartment or house to rent very quickly.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>A week after I move there, my two dogs will be shipped to me and I’ll need to have a place for them to stay.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Only a week after they get there, I will leave for Africa for three weeks and have to board the dogs or find a home willing to watch them during that time.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Upon returning from Africa, I dive right into deputation and traveling throughout Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and the Northeast until November 1<sup>st</sup>.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Hopefully, I will have found a car by then, too!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I continue to ask for your prayers regarding re-assignment, finding a home to live in, care for my dogs (and potentially finding new homes for them if re-assignment prevents me from bringing them with me!), a car to drive and safety in all of my travels.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I believe that following God’s leading can only bring blessings and so I am confident in this decision, even if I can’t see the outcome right now.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I remain faithful to His leading and am committed to following the path he opens for me in my life.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal"><b>Memories of Events in La Romana</b></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">I thought it would be nice to make a timeline of all of the major events that I have taken part in or experienced since my arrival to La Romana twelve years ago.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The hardest part is narrowing it down to a list that can be placed into a newsletter!! <span style="font-family:Wingdings;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; 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style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The social service program is now a department in the hospital!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">*2005-2009, the numbers of teams continue to grow while serving the following areas of need: surgery, construction, outreach medical clinics, evangelism, leadership training, children’s ministries, food distribution, sports ministries and health promoter training.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">*January 2010, a devastating earthquake strikes Haiti and I begin working in medical relief efforts with the Good Samaritan Hospital, taking new teams over every week for the next four months.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We bring hundreds of thousands of dollars of medicine, food and supplies to Haiti through more than 400 volunteers while still hosting over 50 teams a year in La Romana.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">*November 2010, I take a medical team to Haiti amidst riots to serve in northern Haiti with Missionaries Steve and Nancy James as they battle the cholera outbreak</p> <p class="MsoNormal">*January 2012, we have 68 teams scheduled for the year!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">*May 2012, we now have 72 teams scheduled for the year!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">*June 2012, for the first time, one of our work teams decides to throw an all-day party in one of the bateyes, feeding all of the residents with a catered meal and the Maranatha band gives a free concert (way to go Wallingford, CT FBC!!!)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It has been an honor to work with so many dedicated and gifted people in La Romana.&nbsp; It is my hope to continue to glorify God in all that I do as He leads me in new directions, assuredly with new challenges, but always with His grace and strength through it all.</p> Sun, 01 Jul 2012 18:27:36 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/43554-new-beginnings https://internationalministries.org/read/43554-new-beginnings April News Updates <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> 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Batey 16 and Batey 50...the after school program we are naming, Esperanza (Hope).&nbsp; In recent years we've heard many stories of children in the bateyes dropping out of school by the fourth grade and I started asking questions about why this was happening.&nbsp; There are a variety of reasons from lack of schools beyond the 4th grade, lack of transportation, little encouragement to stay in school, lack of supplies and little interest in education.&nbsp; <br> <br> As we all know, education is what can help these children break the cycle of poverty that they see all around them.&nbsp; So, starting in June, a group of women will begin a program that focuses on encouraging children to stay in school by supplying their schools with needed materials, encouraging children and parents about the importance of an education, supporting the teachers in the batey schools, introducing a fun learning curriculum that includes science, math, sports, music and language as well as teaching about health and self-care.&nbsp; The teachers will also introduce kids to Christ through Bible education.<br> <br> Volunteers and donations to support this work are always needed.&nbsp; If your church, school, small group or Sunday school class would like to get involved, please contact Crystal Diaz de Benitez at <a href="mailto:crystal.diaz@yahoo.com" target="_blank" shape="rect"><span style="color:#626262">crystal.diaz@yahoo.com</span></a>&nbsp; We have created a website that will keep you informed about what is happening...it is VERY rough right now but we also will need help maintaining it, so if that's an interest of yours, please contact Crystal about that, too.&nbsp; Here is the link:<br> <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001-xePMMhnMxc9F8aDKVtMGyV7RZtYVtpN8xJC5XR31IZYVWWJ4kvAc30nJb4qcBOKKnbiKmzgKKkFwIeRzNFGm_IxiBaC4MvCWK0oKMpiF8av_xIpKTGgp0HdreR5ATcjdco7czcs544=" target="_blank" shape="rect"><span style="color:#626262">Esperanza Project</span></a><br> <br> If you are able to make a donation, you can do that through International Ministries or the Good Samaritan Mission Council.&nbsp; Here are the links to make a donation:<br> <br> <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001-xePMMhnMxc9F8aDKVtMGyV7RZtYVtpN8xJC5XR31IZYVWWJ4kvAc0Gh5zQ7W0HhQHJRFH8FiQGteImb-WgXix_dufc5gsMlPK9wcHfat2SPjjQn32pbST6jWB2EpS0FqSbRxFFHTug=" target="_blank" shape="rect"><span style="color:#626262">International Ministries</span></a><br> <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001-xePMMhnMxc9F8aDKVtMGyV7RZtYVtpN8xJC5XR31IZYVWWJ4kvAc0Gh5zQ7W0HhQHJRFH8FiQGa3uT6G_euFFICU57xERIM" target="_blank" shape="rect"><span style="color:#626262">Good Samaritan Mission Council</span></a> (make sure you specify for the After School Program)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:18.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#75A50E">Guess who's going to Africa?</span> <br> Yep, you guessed it...me!&nbsp; In August I will be able to visit several missionary colleagues throughout Africa as myself and others from International Ministries attend a centennial celebration of mission work in Vanga (Congo).&nbsp; Please pray for our trip that it goes without a hitch (those who've heard my travel traumas understand the need for prayer!) and that we are able to encourage our colleagues and partners in Africa.&nbsp; I am beyond excited for this trip as it's something I've longed for, for more than 20 years and looking forward to learning and expanding my knowledge of the ministries throughout Africa.&nbsp; On our way home from Africa, I will have the opportunity to take a short vacation in Paris with a colleague and can't wait for that as I've never visited Europe.&nbsp; So, if you've got any recommendations, advice, etc, please pass that on.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:18.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#75A50E">Fall Travel Schedule</span><br> <em><span style="font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;color:#666666">Coming to a town near you...</span></em> <br> This fall 2012, I will be traveling in the Midwest and Northeast.&nbsp; I am hoping to have my schedule set by July 1st so that I can post my travel schedule and you can make arrangements to visit me at a location if your church or group is not on the list.&nbsp; MANY people are requesting my presence in their church, especially on a Sunday, but as you know, I can't create Sundays and there are a limited number of them for the two months of travel this fall.<br> <br> So you may be wondering, how can I get my church or group on the list?&nbsp; Well, if your church has been a consistent supporter of my ministry over the years and you have been sending teams, then you are likely going to be one of the churches that my MPT will be contacting for me to visit.&nbsp; If you are new to missions and would like your group to hear about what I do, why not try to get several groups together and have a carry-in dinner, picnic or reception so that many folks can participate at once.&nbsp; Be creative!&nbsp; Maybe several women's groups can get together for a tea or maybe the men can do a breakfast with regional churches invited.&nbsp; Do you have several youth groups in the area that would come together for an event?<br> <br> One of the realities of missions today is that we are required to raise our support money each year so my time in the US will serve two purposes.&nbsp; First, I want to thank all of you who support me in prayer and financially. &nbsp;But I might not be able to see all of you personally due to the limited time. &nbsp;The second purpose is to complete my financial commitment to International Ministries before I return to the Dominican Republic in November 2012.&nbsp;This means that I need to find supporters to sustain me through the rest of the 2011-12 budget year as well as 2012-13.&nbsp; You may not be aware that each International Ministries missionary has a set budget to meet from October 1st of each year through September 30th of the following year.&nbsp; This budget starts new each October.&nbsp; You can see what my current status for salary funding is at <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001-xePMMhnMxc9F8aDKVtMGyV7RZtYVtpN8xJC5XR31IZYVWWJ4kvAc0Gh5zQ7W0HhQHJRFH8FiQGteImb-WgXix_dufc5gsMlPK9wcHfat2Rnjm1JQaH3XsJuCOqS9hdP" target="_blank" shape="rect"><span style="color:#626262">www.internationalministries.org</span></a> understanding that this is an estimated number based on previous years donations and dependent on continued donations of committed donors.&nbsp; Your request for me to visit will be considered based on the best strategy for me to be able to continue in mission in the Dominican Republic. <br> <br> If you would like to request a visit, please contact Soozi Ford who can put you in touch with the member of my MPT that is coordinating my schedule in your area.&nbsp; (click on <a href="mailto:sooziford@gmail.com" target="_blank" shape="rect"><span style="color:#626262">Soozi Ford</span></a> to send an email request)</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">I want to sincerely thank you for your support, prayers, love and friendship.&nbsp; I honestly could not do all that I'm asked to do with the strength and compassion needed if you were not a part of the work.&nbsp; Please continue to pray and support the ministries in La Romana.</span></p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:35:32 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/42601-april-news-updates https://internationalministries.org/read/42601-april-news-updates Reflecting On the Haiti Earthquake 2010: You stood by my side <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> 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mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapedefaults v:ext="edit" spidmax="1026"/> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapelayout v:ext="edit"> <o:idmap v:ext="edit" data="1"/> </o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--> </p>On January 10, 2010 a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Port-au-Prince area at around 4:53pm; 5:53pm in La Romana, Dominican Republic, where I was living.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It was the beginning of a journey that would bring together Haitians, Dominicans, Americans and folks from all over the world.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It would forever change our lives and show all of us the counteracting magnitude of compassion and generosity that yet exists in our world today. <p class="MsoNormal">Within hours of the earthquake I began receiving communications about the destruction and offers from around the world to come and help.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>From the beginning, churches, volunteers, friends and family expected that I and the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana would be involved in the relief efforts.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Our hospital began getting calls and visits from local physicians and national health agencies asking us to spearhead a relief trip to Haiti as soon as possible.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The area hospitals would make donations of supplies and personnel if we would lead.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>What a HUGE responsibility we would carry but one that many believed we could do because of our history of serving the Haitian poor in the surrounding sugarcane villages of La Romana.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We were versed in coordinating teams, working in difficult conditions, making do with what we had and doing all of it with caring and loving hearts.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It was a perfect combination to help a very devastating crisis.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">International Ministries and the American Baptist Churches were the first to offer their support, both financially and with help in coordinating volunteers.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We could not have made the many, many trips without the generosity of so many faithful donors and prayer warriors.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I am forever thankful for the concern of so many for supplying for our needs.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Five days after the earthquake we made our first trip…a caravan of two 45 passenger buses, ten supply trucks and many individual vehicles with senators, diplomats and representatives from Dominican news stations.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We drove through the night, starting the trip at 11pm and arriving to a very chaotic border crossing in Barahona around 7am.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>There was no control at the border and thousands of people were crossing back and forth…mostly relief workers and supply trucks.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Much of what we saw was disorganized and without direction; reacting to a need but with little thought of anything beyond today.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Moises Sifren, hospital administrator of the Good Samaritan Hospital, chose to work with a long-term, organized plan and because of his intuitiveness, the cooperative work of International Ministries and the Good Samaritan Hospital continued longer than most agencies.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Signs were everywhere along the road leading to Port-au-Prince, asking for help in several languages.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>There were still a few bodies along the side of the road, rolled up in carpets or cardboard boxes, waiting to be removed.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Some signs told of the number of people injured or needing help…others told of the loss of life and were memorials to their loved ones.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The closer we got to Port-au-Prince, the more destruction we saw.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It started with cracks in the walls and then one or two crumbled buildings until we came to a place where whole blocks were nothing more than rubble.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Despite our efforts to take a little time for organization when we arrived, patients began seeking help within minutes of seeing our vehicles enter the church compound, where we would sleep on hard pews for a few hours each night.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Some were carried by people or on pieces of plywood or in chairs.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Some hobbled in, still with open wounds and fractures that had never been treated.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Many had their hands out begging for any scrap of food or water we could offer.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Our first day was a blur of activity, everyone working hard to meet the needs before us with ingenuity and a level of patience that I found amazing.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We transported several patients back to our hospital in La Romana that day because no local hospitals would take any further patients. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>The next day we worked at a makeshift camp on a soccer field where a small group of Haitian medical students and one of their professors were trying to care for the many patients that arrived on a daily basis.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I began to realize the level of tragedy in their lives when after a particularly large aftershock the Haitian medical student that I was working with asked me if I was ok because we had a lot of work still to do.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>No time to react to the aftershock anymore.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>That day we helped deliver a baby because the woman was alone and had lost her whole family.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We became her family and no one wanted to leave her alone in her blanket tent that night, but we had no other choice.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The first week following the earthquake we helped hundreds, if not thousands of Haitians with medical care, prayers, kindness and food.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We returned to La Romana exhausted and spent but also planning for the next trip just two days later.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We had a long list of volunteers to organize and many emails to answer during those first few days.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In all, we made trips Haiti every Monday night for more than four months; returning on Saturday and preparing for another trip.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We could see upwards of 4-500 people a day with the medical staff and supplies that were bought and donated by monies received through International Ministries as well as the volunteers that came on the trips.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Over the next four months we built relationships with churches and organizations in Haiti that we continue to work with to this day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We saved lives through skilled medical personnel and desperately needed medications.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We donated hundreds of wheelchairs, crutches and walkers.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We filled hungry stomachs with food and hungry hearts and souls with God’s love.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We did it together…you and me…every step of the way.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>You were there as I wrapped wounds and listened to stories of heartache.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>You stood by my side as I had to tell people we ran out of food or tents or water.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>And as I held the hands of those hurting, you cried with me for their loss and their suffering, sharing the call to care for one of the least of these.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>You were there then and you can be there now as ministry continues in Haiti.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Please consider standing alongside those who continue to serve the poor in Haiti by a gift of your time or your money.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>There are still so many waiting to know that they are not forgotten.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Will you remember them?</p>Donations are still being accepted and can be made on the IM website.&nbsp; Go to <a href="../../../items/80">www.internationalministries.org/items/80&nbsp;</a>&nbsp; or write a check made payable to “One Great Hour of Sharing – Haiti Earthquake Relief” and mail to: International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482, or make a check payable to your church and write “Haiti Earthquake Relief” in the memo section.<br><br><p class="MsoNormal">Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with eight out of ten people living in extreme poverty, is about the size of Maryland, and is located on the western half of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.&nbsp; The Dominican Republic is on the eastern half.&nbsp; The northern portion of Haiti, where most of IM’s mission work has been located, is approximately 100 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter.</p><br><br> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:00:11 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41059-reflecting-on-the-haiti-earthquake-2010-you-stood-by-my-side https://internationalministries.org/read/41059-reflecting-on-the-haiti-earthquake-2010-you-stood-by-my-side December 2011 New Beginnings <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> 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Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp; </span><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Segoe Print&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.&nbsp; Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take...My child, don't lose sight of common sense and discernment.&nbsp; Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul...Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it's in your power to help them.&nbsp; If you can help your neighbor now, don't say, 'Come back tomorrow, and then I'll help you...'"</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Dear Friend, <br> I wanted to personally thank you for your friendship, support and continual prayers.&nbsp; I have returned to the Dominican Republic and am excited about all of the possibilities this new year holds for ministry here.&nbsp; Please continue to lift this ministry, my health and all of the patients we will see this year in prayer.&nbsp; For more information about how you can personally support my ministry and help me to stay in La Romana, please click on the following link:<br> <a href="../../teams/63" shape="rect">Support</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">A Brand New Day</p> <p class="MsoNormal">What a year!&nbsp; So many amazing things have happened in my life, from being able to get a really good rest to meeting and working with some pretty amazing people in ministry.&nbsp; I have bee truly blessed, there is no doubt.&nbsp; Is that the way you feel today?&nbsp; For many people, seeing the "joy in the morning" or feeling any sort of hope, seems distant and almost unattainable.&nbsp; Maybe it's because of your financial situation, your health or maybe just because of personal hurts you've suffered this year.&nbsp; I don't know what your reasons are, but I want to give you hope today...&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I have been in your shoes before and I’ve certainly worked with people who seem to be at the end of the line of hope (think back to the earthquake in Haiti, cholera on the island and the poverty of the bateyes).<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>And yet, in the midst of each of these problems, the sun still rises each day (possibly shadowed a bit by clouds) but it rises still.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The birds still sing, the flowers still bloom and children, even in their suffering, still no how to smile and laugh.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I saw it over and over again with the earthquake relief…children who had lost everything, including their family, would still break out in a smile when you gave them a balloon or a matchbox car.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>They would laugh if they got tickled and a hug or a simple handshake would relax stressed bodies.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You see, I’m not a Polly Anna seeing everything with rose-colored glasses.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I know there is hurt in the world and I have felt that hurt, myself.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>This month, today actually, should have been my mother’s birthday but she died of breast cancer back in 2003 way too young.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I was looking at a picture of her today and remembering the blessing she had been in everyone’s life that she touched…a blessing even during her suffering.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I also remember the faces of those we couldn’t help in Haiti, either because we ran out of supplies or just didn’t have the right supplies needed for their problems.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I remember the faces of children dying of heart disease in the bateyes and waiting, so hopefully, for someone to say they would help.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I get it…I know the world is hurting…and yet, I can’t stop hoping for something better.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I have been “accused” of smiling to much or being too nice.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Well, guilty as charged.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I can’t stop and I don’t want to.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I believe that despite the hurt, pain and suffering in this world that God really does care for us and He understands and weeps with us.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I believe that He has a plan bigger and better than ANYTHING we can see in our own future with our limited vision.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I believe that God is love and that His love overcomes a multitude of hurt and sin in the world.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Does that hurt and sin go away…no…but it can be repaired and renewed and given hope for something better.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Maybe your something better isn’t in this life and maybe it’s really hard to see where any good can come from the situation you are now in.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I just want to encourage you to trust in a God who would die to make your life better.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Trust in His consistency and His faithfulness in you, even if your faithfulness has faltered.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I honestly believe that each smile we share, each time we comfort someone who is hurting and each time we share our gifts with someone else, God smiles down on us and can’t wait to show us how He is going to use that!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>When things are really tough right now with the economy and jobs, know that you still have something to give…a smile, a touch, a little love.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Your day will brighten when you trust God for your care and focus on helping others just get through the day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Many, many blessings to you today!</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#7E9008">Support Goals to date</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><br> Many of you have sent questions to me about my support goals and I would like to try to be better about keeping you up to date regarding where I am for my yearly fundraising goals.&nbsp; As of the end of November 2011 (our fiscal year starts on October 1 each year) I am at about 13% of my full support goal for the year.&nbsp; I need to raise just under $6000 per month to reach my full support each year.&nbsp; Whew....that seems like such a big number to me!&nbsp; And yet, faithful supporters have made sure that I do just that.&nbsp; For the last few years, I have been able to meet my full support goal, which includes both direct and indirect costs of keeping me here in La Romana.&nbsp; I would ask that you continue to pray for the needs of this ministry and if you are able to make any support gift, I would greatly appreciate it.<br> <br> You can find out more information about giving, missionary support and the ministry in which I am a part of at the following link:&nbsp; <a href="../../uploads/document/asset/38820/im_quick_facts-1.pdf" target="_blank">International Ministries</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#7E9008">Looking Ahead</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">As 2011 is closing and 2012 will be in full bloom before we know it, I just want to encourage taking some time to enjoy today.&nbsp; It will be gone tomorrow, never to return, and there is a lot to be thankful for in this moment.&nbsp; I appreciate all of you so much and look forward to seeing many of you in this next year and sharing this amazing ministry together.&nbsp; <br> Here is the team schedule of 2012 as we have it now...always subject to change!! :)<br> <br> <u><span style="color:#0070C0"><a href="http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14786403/Team%20Information%20for%20La%20Romana/Actual%202012%20Team%20Schedule.xlsx" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0070C0">Teams 2012</span></a></span></u></span></p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 13:24:24 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40928-december-2011-new-beginnings https://internationalministries.org/read/40928-december-2011-new-beginnings Continuing to See Lives Touched, Lives Changed <strong><span></span></strong><b style="font-style: italic;"><span>God's Mysterious Ways</span></b><span></span> <h4 style="font-weight: normal;">Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to witness how God can take the most unlikely people and use them to bless even the "least of these."&nbsp; I have a good physician friend named Jake who was able to visit La Romana with a medical work team made up of high school students and one other physician, Molly, his sister.&nbsp; There were other adult leaders present, including Jake's best friend, Jesse.&nbsp; Despite having such a small team of medical personnel (it really was just Molly, Jake and I!), the student were so willing to help in any way we asked and Jesse managed the pharmacy like a pro. <br><span></span></h4><h4 style="font-weight: normal;"><span>On one particular day, we saw several severe wound care issues and Jake, as an orthopedic surgeon, was our first choice to care for them.&nbsp; There was just one issue...Jake was dealing with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and as much as he wanted his hands to work normally, they refused.&nbsp; Jesse and I helped him put on his gloves and Jake gently guided Jesse through the care needed to clean and dress a large, smelly, maggot-filled leg ulcer.&nbsp; There was a crowd gathered and several times we had to ask them to step back because the heat was overwhelming.&nbsp; I watched from the doorway of the clinic as Jesse, Jake and their elderly patient sat together under a tree.&nbsp; One acting as the head, one as the hands and together serving the poor with unbelievable compassion.</span></h4><h4><span></span></h4><h4 style="font-weight: normal;"><span> The students were so concerned about the future of this patient that they asked for much of their budget to be used for his care.&nbsp; He was set up with a wound care technician at our hospital and continued to be cared for with gentleness and love.</span></h4><h4 style="font-weight: normal;"><span> </span></h4><h4 style="font-weight: normal;"><span> How often do we look at our circumstances and think that we can't do anything to help?&nbsp; Too often, probably.&nbsp; It is really easy to find excuses not to serve but I will always remember how Jake didn't let his weak hands stop his heart's desire to serve one that had been abandoned even by his own family.&nbsp; Let us focus on the POSSIBILITIES and not the IMPOSSIBILITIES of our lives so that many can be reached and love can be shared.</span></h4> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: normal;"><b style="font-style: italic;"><span>Update in La Romana...</span></b><span></span></p> <h4 style="font-weight: normal;"><span>As is always the case in La Romana, there are about 100 things going on at once!&nbsp; This year has been no different.&nbsp; Here are a few updates to the projects and the people I have written about in the few months...</span></h4><h4 style="font-weight: normal;"><span> </span></h4><h4 style="font-weight: normal;"><span> In February, we had the honor of receiving a visiting pediatric cardiologist from Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island.&nbsp; Dr. Ziegler was able to consult and recommend treatment for several pediatric patients with severe heart defects.&nbsp; I am proud to say that we have now arranged for several of those children to be treated by Dr. Quinn at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME!&nbsp; Thank you for all of your prayers and concern over these young ones.</span></h4><h4 style="font-weight: normal;"><span> </span></h4><h4 style="font-weight: normal;"><span> Unfortunately, one of the children I wrote to you about, Miguel, was unable to find treatment either in the Dominican Republic or in the United States.&nbsp; He has enough heart and lung damage to make his surgical risk too high to consider for treatment.&nbsp; Please Miguel and his family in your prayers.&nbsp; We will help as much as is possible to keep him comfortable and continue to accept donations for patients such as Miguel.</span></h4>The hospital continues to expand its building and seek out new ways of providing advanced care.&nbsp; The third floor is under construction and will be solely patient rooms and nurse stations.&nbsp; Our ambulance has arrived is quickly bringing patients to the hospital for care.&nbsp; The Emergency Room is continually busy and we now have FIVE functioning operating rooms, one right in the ER.&nbsp; Lastly, we are one of two international locations being considered for a very large grant to start a telemedicine collaboration with Los Angela Children's Hospital.&nbsp; We need many prayers for all of these projects as well as your help through work teams, funding and collaboration.&nbsp; <br><br><h4><span></span></h4><b style="font-style: italic;"><span>A Change in Plans</span></b><span></span> <h4 style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal;"><span>Thank you for all of your concern and many prayers for my health this summer. I am feeling stronger and more energized as I look forward to returning to La Romana sometime this fall. Rest is a wonderful balm, isn't it?!</span></h4> <h4 style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal;"><span>Unfortunately, I will not be able to travel to the northeast this fall as I had planned.&nbsp; After consulting with the staff in International Ministries, everyone concerned feels that I must focus on resting and taking care of myself.&nbsp; That includes not overdoing things with travel and speaking engagements - no matter how enjoyable it would be!&nbsp; </span></h4> <h4 style="font-weight: normal;"><span>Thank you for understanding.&nbsp; I hope to visit with many of you later as you continue your partnership in La Romana.<br> <br> I am learning that taking time for rest and renewal is a good thing, and it's not selfish.&nbsp; It's been a hard lesson for me, but one that is so necessary if I am to continue serving God in the Dominican Republic.&nbsp; I am beginning to see that the trials of the day will be much less intimidating when I am rested.&nbsp; I have also begun to sense God's leading in new ways that, quite frankly, I was unable to before now.&nbsp; I am loving the clarity that comes with rest!<br> <br> So, thank you, again, for all of your support and consistent prayers and emails.&nbsp; I am excited and so looking forward to where God will lead all of us on this wonderful journey!</span></h4> <p><strong style="font-style: italic;"><span>We did it!&nbsp; <br></span></strong></p><p><strong style="font-style: italic;"><span>(a note from Kristy's Missionary Partnership Team) </span></strong><span></span></p> <h4 style="font-weight: normal;"><span>Thanks to all of the faithful supporters, Kristy has met her financial goal for this fiscal year!&nbsp; What does that mean now?&nbsp; We still continue to need donations for work projects and Kristy will still need ongoing financial support for the next fiscal year, which starts on <span style="color: #D52C2A;">October 1, 2011</span>.&nbsp; Remember that she needs to raise support <strong>EACH YEAR</strong>, starting from <em>zero</em>, on October 1. Click on the box on the top right side of the screen (under the word GIVE) to become a partner in Kristy's ministry.&nbsp; <br></span></h4> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/38425-continuing-to-see-lives-touched-lives-changed https://internationalministries.org/read/38425-continuing-to-see-lives-touched-lives-changed Remembering to Breathe Remember to breathe...<br><br><span style="color: rgb(140, 32, 0);">Thank you for your patience in getting this very delayed newsletter to you!&nbsp; This winter and spring have been very busy in La Romana and I have also been taking some time off in the US for much needed rest and relaxation.&nbsp; By the end of April, the Good Samaritan Hospital had hosted around 30 teams since January and the summer season is already in full swing.&nbsp; We have had surgical teams, medical teams, eye clinics, universities, construction teams, children's ministry teams and many volunteers to help with the work.&nbsp; Many of our teams try to do several projects at once and by the end of the week we are all amazed at how everything that was supposed to get done actually did get done!&nbsp; THANK YOU!&nbsp; Please continue to keep the work in La Romana in your prayers.</span><br><img alt=""><br><h2>Breathe...</h2><b><span style="font-style: italic;">Psalm 127:1-2&nbsp; "Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.&nbsp; Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.&nbsp; It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat."</span><br><br></b><b>Have you ever thought much about the breaths that you take?&nbsp; Probably not.&nbsp; Unless you suffer from a respiratory condition that limits your breathing, you probably don't think much about how important each breath is to your health.&nbsp; <br><br>Breathing is one of only a few body functions that we can control both consciously and unconsciously.&nbsp; When we are anxious, worried or stressed, we can unconsciously begin breathing quicker in response to our increased heart rate.&nbsp; The really neat thing is that when we concentrate on our breathing, we can slow it down, thus slowing down our heart rate and kicking in our parasympathetic nervous system.&nbsp; This then allows us to analyze a situation instead of just reacting...you probably remember the fight or flight analogy related to our reactive or sympathetic nervous system.<br><br>So, why am I talking about all of this?&nbsp; Well, ironically, I found myself in a very reactive mode recently.&nbsp; With so much to do in La Romana, it's really easy to just react...rush in and DO instead of taking a breath.&nbsp; When you are in a stressful or very busy job (think teachers, medical folks, customer service agents!!) you get into a pattern of reacting and not enjoying the moment or just being in the moment.&nbsp; Now I know, we all want the ER staff to react quickly and not sit around deep breathing until they slow their heart rates in an emergency!&nbsp; Obviously there are times that we DO need to react quickly.&nbsp; But, let's remember that when we don't need to react that way, we can learn to just be in the moment and BREATHE...take it a little more slowly and relax.&nbsp; We all do ourselves a disservice when we refuse to experience all that life has to offer.<br><br>In the passage above, the psalmist reminds us that we don't need to work so anxiously, forgetting the blessings in our life and, more importantly, that God has it under His control!&nbsp; My challenge to you today is to take just five minutes to breathe.&nbsp; Take note of your heart rate, think on the many blessings in your life and let go of things outside of your control.&nbsp; Just breathe...<br><br></b><h2><b>Prayer Requests</b></h2><b>&nbsp;Continued rest for Kristy in the US <br>&nbsp;Work teams in La Romana this summer<br>&nbsp;Volunteers<br>&nbsp;Health and energy for the Good Samaritan staff and those that work with teams<br>&nbsp;Blessings for my friends Denny and Crystal who will be getting married very&nbsp;&nbsp; soon!<br>&nbsp;Finances for missionaries with International Ministries<br>&nbsp;Help for the many victims of the most recent natural disasters<br><br></b><h2><b>How you can help...</b></h2><div style="color: rgb(119, 171, 12); font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 8pt;"><h2><b>Below, you will find many links for information about how you can help Kristy in ministry.&nbsp; Please remember that Kristy is dependent on individuals and churches for her financial support.&nbsp; If you are able to partner with Kristy in her ministry, please click on the link, "Gifts."&nbsp; Thank you!<br></b></h2></div> <br><br><div><b>Gifts</b> - <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=wbq5jzbab&amp;et=1106268034631&amp;s=0&amp;e=001G8vYq5JU4vIf4WLgpvR49vDjEN0Bhi6_XHa7mcYRuy1kBS7cKFh2N1WERc3lUr8xAgJ6O4Z2zQJTE5OhNkCsq6dG6cj8ShTHnrOk1GDOZj2P5J-omWCr-_eN0JU-3leq2JoPa-pLAEUpoLbYg2GDKQ==">www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63</a><br><br></div><b>Volunteers</b> - There are often specific volunteers needed for the work in La Romana.&nbsp; Please contact Angela Sudermann or Eunice Thetygi at International Ministries to find out how you can help.&nbsp; I will need a house and dog sitter in La Romana this fall if you are interested!&nbsp; <br>1(800)ABC-3USA or <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=wbq5jzbab&amp;et=1106268034631&amp;s=0&amp;e=001G8vYq5JU4vIf4WLgpvR49vDjEN0Bhi6_XHa7mcYRuy1kBS7cKFh2N1WERc3lUr8xAgJ6O4Z2zQJTE5OhNkCsq6dG6cj8ShTHnrOk1GDOZj1MX8ZDer6bDA==">www.internationalministries.org</a><br> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/36994-remembering-to-breathe https://internationalministries.org/read/36994-remembering-to-breathe A Child Needs Your Prayers Many of you have heard me state the following, "Do what you can, with what you've got, in the moment you're given."&nbsp; Today, I especially needed to remember this saying and to repeat it for others who had not heard.&nbsp; <br> <br> There is a pediatric cardiologist visiting from Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island.&nbsp; It's his first visit and first missions trip.&nbsp; His job, today, was to see cardiac patients that had been screened for surgery in the US but were waiting for a hospital to say "yes" to their need.&nbsp; It goes without saying that this doctor was floored by what he saw today.&nbsp; All but one of the patients was in need of surgery as soon as possible but one small child is more desperate than the others.<br> <br> Miguel Anthony is a 3 year old boy from batey Prado, very far from the hospital.&nbsp; He was diagnosed with transposition of the great vessels over a year ago in one of our medical clinics.&nbsp; His condition is always treated at birth.&nbsp; He has gone three years without surgery and now has early right-sided heart failure.&nbsp; We admitted him to our hospital overnight on oxygen as he is quite blue in the hands and mouth from poor oxygenation because of the defect.&nbsp; He will be transported to a hospital in Santo Domingo tomorrow where they will evaluate him to find out if he is even able to have surgery or if his condition has damaged his lungs as well.&nbsp; <br> <br> Please pray for Miguel Anthony and his mother who is with him.&nbsp; Both are scared and worried.&nbsp; I don't know what donations will be needed for his care, but if you would like to make a donation, they can be sent to the Good Samaritan Mission Council through their website at:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.laromana.org" shape="rect">http://www.laromana.org</a><p></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black;"><br> <br> Thank you for your prayers!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; color: black;"><br></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black;">Sincerely,</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black;">Kristy Engel</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana; color: black;">International Ministries</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; color: black;"></span></p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/32716-a-child-needs-your-prayers https://internationalministries.org/read/32716-a-child-needs-your-prayers Kristy is coming to a city near you this fall! Yes, it’s true…Kristy will be traveling throughout the Midwest this fall to speak with churches, schools and organizations about the work in La Romana, Dominican Republic as well as the relief work in Haiti.<span>&nbsp; </span>Her schedule is beginning to fill up so if you are interested in having Kristy visit your group, and you are located in the Midwest, please contact either Soozi Ford (soozi.ford@gmail.com) or <br>Becky Cooper (rrcooper@consolidated.net) for scheduling information.<span>&nbsp; </span> <p>Kristy will begin traveling on August 22nd and return to the Dominican Republic in late October.<span>&nbsp; </span>Some of the already confirmed speaking dates are:</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Keokuk First Baptist Church, Keokuk, IA</span> on Sunday morning, August 29th and Monday evening at 6pm</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Bethel&nbsp; Baptist Church, Columbia, MO</span> on Sunday morning, September 5th</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Des Moines University’s Christian Medical Association</span>, September 28th</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Mid-American Baptist Churches Regional Conference, Minneapolis, MN</span> on Oct. 1-3</p> <p>She is also working on plans to be in the Kansas City area, Omaha area as well as central and west central Illinois.<span>&nbsp; </span>If you are interested in having Kristy visit your area, don’t hesitate to contact Soozi Ford or Becky Cooper as soon as possible.<span>&nbsp; </span>Travel time is limited so get your reservation in now and hear how Kristy is working in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.</p> <h3><strong><span>Are you interested in volunteering or learning more about how you can get involved?</span></strong></h3> <p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>This is the perfect time to contact either Soozi or Becky and find a time for Kristy to visit your organization and tell you about the different ways to get involved in the ongoing work in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.<span>&nbsp; </span>Kristy has worked for over 10 years in the Dominican Republic organizing medical teams and helping volunteers get involved in the many projects that are so essential to the Good Samaritan Hospital and the Maranatha Mission.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></strong><strong><span></span></strong></p> <p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>If you are an individual or an organization that would like to find out how to begin working with Kristy and these ministries, there are several ways to begin.<span>&nbsp; </span>First, go to <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org">www.internationalministries.org</a> and visit Kristy’s webpage to read more about the ongoing work in La Romana and Haiti.<span>&nbsp; </span>You could also visit her website at <a href="http://www.kristynurse.org">www.kristynurse.org</a> where you will find out more information about all of the projects and opportunities that volunteers and teams have in La Romana.<span>&nbsp; </span>Finally, scheduling a visit with Kristy this fall and having a chance to ask questions face to face is the best opportunity.<span>&nbsp; </span><br></span></strong></p><p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>Please contact Soozi Ford by email at soozi.ford@gmail.com or Becky Cooper at rrcooper@consolidated.net to schedule a visit.</span></strong><strong><span></span></strong></p> <h3><strong><span>How is Kristy supported?</span></strong></h3> <p><strong><span><span></span><span style="font-weight: normal;">International Ministries, as many of you, has suffered under the economic struggles of our times.&nbsp; Many of the funds and donations that this ministry has relied on for years have diminished as churches close and individual donors have lost jobs or experienced personal financial struggles.&nbsp; This has also affected our missionaries, like Kristy, who rely on donations from churches and individuals to make sure she can stay on the field.&nbsp; </span></span></strong><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span></span></strong></p> <p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>The World Mission Offering through the American Baptist Churches (ABC) is one way in which churches and their members can help support Kristy and other ABC missionaries.<span>&nbsp; </span>As this offering is received during the months of September and October, the ABC family has the opportunity to let missionaries know that they are not forgotten and that their work is important.<span>&nbsp; </span>Wouldn’t you like to send that message through your gift this year?<span>&nbsp; </span>Let Kristy and others know that you support the work that they do and you want them to continue to help the most needy in this world.</span></strong><strong><span></span></strong></p> <p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>If you are not a member of an American Baptist church and you want to help Kristy through a financial donation, there are several ways that this can happen.<span>&nbsp; </span>First, Kristy needs monthly donors to commit to giving towards her salary support.<span>&nbsp; </span>If you can help with even the smallest amount, please log on to <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63</a> and sign up to be a monthly supporter for Kristy’s ministry.<span>&nbsp; </span>Your gift is so appreciated!<span>&nbsp; <br></span></span></strong></p><p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span><span></span>If you don’t want to make an online donation or you don’t have access to secure internet service, you can send your donations to:<span>&nbsp; <br></span></span></strong></p><p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span><span></span>International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.<span>&nbsp; </span><br></span></strong></p><p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>Please indicate on the check that this is for “Salary Support of Kristy Engel.”<span>&nbsp; </span>Finally, if you are interested in supporting the different projects that Kristy is involved with, including medical care of indigent patients, water filters, costs for transportation and ministry expenses, you can send your donation to International Ministries and indicate that it is for Kristy’s “Project Funds” or “Specific Funds.”<span>&nbsp; </span>This will let the mission know that these monies are to be applied to project funds and not her salary.</span></strong><strong><span></span></strong></p> <p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>Either way that you can financially support the ongoing ministry and work of Kristy Engel will be greatly appreciated.<span>&nbsp; </span>No amount is too small to change the life of others!</span></strong><strong><span></span></strong></p> <h3><strong><span>Update on Nelson and Angelica</span></strong><strong><span></span></strong></h3> <p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>Thank you for the outpouring of support that we received for Angelica and Nelson, the two children I recently wrote to you about.<span>&nbsp; </span>Angelica is getting her surgery scheduled and Nelson is still undergoing studies and treatment for his condition, which is probably spinal tuberculosis.<span>&nbsp; </span>Nelson and his family still need a lot of support so keep collecting and sending the donations in.<span>&nbsp; </span>I will continue to update you on his progress.</span></strong><strong><span></span></strong></p> <h3><strong><span>Update on “New Truck Fund” for Kristy</span></strong></h3> <p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>As of today, donations have been made in the amount of approximately $20,000 and the goal is to have $30,000 by the end of September.<span>&nbsp; </span>If you are able to make a donation specifically for the truck fund, you can send that donation to International Ministries at:<span>&nbsp; </span><br></span></strong></p><p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851 <br></span></strong></p><p><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>or send the donation through your AB church as a “specifics” gift.<span>&nbsp; </span>Kristy’s current truck is 10 years old and she is desperately in need of a truck that can safely help me travel </span></strong><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>to and from the villages where she</span></strong><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span> work</span></strong><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>s</span></strong><strong style="font-weight: normal;"><span>.<span>&nbsp; </span>Because the roads are so bad to and from the villages, her truck has taken a beating over the last 10 years.<span>&nbsp; </span>She is not looking for anything fancy, just a reliable and safe way to continue doing her job.<span>&nbsp; </span>Thank you for your help on this project and special thanks to those who have already donated!</span></strong><strong><span></span></strong></p> Wed, 11 Aug 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/24597-kristy-is-coming-to-a-city-near-you-this-fall- https://internationalministries.org/read/24597-kristy-is-coming-to-a-city-near-you-this-fall- Wellness Program Begins <span style="font-size: 20pt; line-height: 115%;">Programa de Bienestar (Wellness Program)</span> <p style="line-height: normal;"><b><span>1st Walk-a-thon kicks things off!</span></b><span></span></p> <p><span>On July 3, 2010 the Good Samaritan Hospital's new Wellness Program kicked of awareness of healthy lifestyles by hosting the first annual Walk-a-thon, "Walk for your health."&nbsp; The idea behind starting this program began with the death of one of our employees, Bernadeta Tirena, who died of a heart attack at just 39 years old, while she was working.&nbsp; It began a discussion about how healthy our employees were or were not.&nbsp; Within hours of presenting the program objectives to Moises Sifren, the hospital administrator, we had our first committee meeting with various employees and friends of the hospital.&nbsp; Three weeks later, we had our first activity, a walk-a-thon, to raise awareness in the city of La Romana and the employees of the hospital.&nbsp; The visiting work team from Wallingford, CT with over 82 members, also joined us in the walk.&nbsp; We walked from the Good Samaritan Hospital to the Maranatha church through various neighborhoods and with many city representatives.&nbsp; At the end of the walk, Maranatha band and Rayos de Luz band performed in a street concert for all participants.&nbsp; We also raised money to have t-shirts, baseball hats and wrist bands given to all participants.&nbsp; There were over 350 walkers!</span></p> <p><b><span style="font-size: 20pt; line-height: 115%;">Goals of the Wellness Program</span></b></p> <p><b><span>Healthy Lives</span></b><b><span></span></b></p> <p><span>The main goal of this program is to raise awareness of the Good Samaritan Hospital employees of what a healthy lifestyle really means.&nbsp; We will focus on maintaining a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) as well as learning about healthy eating styles and how to begin exercising through monthly meetings and guest speakers.&nbsp; Employees will be monitored at the hospital by the physical therapy department.&nbsp; <br> One of the first projects we would like to begin at the hospital is the building of a walking/running track at the hospital to be used by both physical therapy patients and hospital employees.&nbsp; The idea is to provide employees with a safe and convenient location to begin their exercise program.&nbsp; After building the track, we would like to build a gym within the hospital that would include weight machines, hand weights, exercise bands, balance balls, exercise machines and other equipment.<br> The next phase of the program, after getting the majority of employees to participate, is to encourage the community of La Romana as well as other businesses to adopt healthy lifestyles and other wellness programs.</span></p> <p style="line-height: normal;"><span>Please feel free to contact Moises Sifren or myself about how you can help support this program.&nbsp; If you'd like to see more photos of the walk-a-thon, please click on the following link: &nbsp;<a href="http://tinyurl.com/1racaminata"><span style="color: windowtext;">http://tinyurl.com/1racaminata</span></a> </span></p> <p style="line-height: normal;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: normal;"><b><span>Sincerely,</span></b><span> </span></p> <p><span><br> Kristy Engel<br> International Ministries, Kristy Engel</span><span></span></p> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/24218-wellness-program-begins https://internationalministries.org/read/24218-wellness-program-begins These children need your help July 29, 2010<br><br>Greetings!<br><br>There are times when the Good Samaritan Hospital needs your help for one of our patients and today is that day! In fact, there are two children who urgently need care and I am asking for your prayers and finances to help them on their journey to healthy lives. Please read further to discover how you may serve them from afar!&nbsp; <br>Crooked legs<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br><br>Angelica, 2 years old&nbsp; <br><br>Angelica is an energetic 2-year old girl who we met in a mobile health clinic in her batey, Santonio, near Cacata. Her mother brought her in to be consulted for the normal cough and cold that most children's parents complain of, but it was obvious that she also had another problem with her legs.<br><br>We referred who to one of the Good Samaritan Hospital's orthopedists, Dr. Herrerra, who then referred her to the C.U.R.E. Foundation in Santo Domingo. When they evaluated her there, they agreed that they could do surgery on both legs for the cost of $14,000 pesos. This comes out to about $390 US dollars. The visiting team from Wallingford, CT was able to give money for her initial visit to C.U.R.E. as well as transportation costs. The mother even raised $4,000 pesos, herself, for the surgery but we are still $10,000 pesos or about $277 dollars short. This will cover the cost of surgery on both legs. C.U.R.E. let her know that as soon as she had the money together, they would schedule her surgery.<br><br>Wouldn't you love to see her run and play with the other kids and grow without the difficulty of curved legs? PLEASE help us give her that opportunity by donating funds for her care. You may send donations to (specify "Care for Angelica"):<br><br>Good Samaritan Mission Council<br>800-126 Main Street<br>Holden, MA 01520<br><br>OR<br><br>Make a PayPal donation online at: www.laromana.org. When selecting a category for the donation, you may choose Charity Care.<br><br><br>Lean on me<br><br>Nelson, 3 years old<br>Back in February of this year, a mobile medical clinic from the Good Samaritan Hospital saw Nelson during a visit to Palo Bonito, a batey near Higuey and about 45 minutes from the Good Samaritan Hospital. Nelson had a mass over his dorsal spine as well as scars on his right flank from an "abscess." He was unable to walk upright but rather walked while leaning on his knees. The team referred him to the Good Samaritan Hospital and told his mother to ask for Kristy.<br><br>During this time, I was making trips back and forth to Haiti. The day that the mother came to the clinic, I was in Haiti so when she heard I wasn't there, she left without a consultation and returned to her batey. Fast forward to three weeks ago... I was working with the Wallingford, CT team in a mobile clinic in Palo Bonito. Friend and colleague, Debbie Malloy, NP, called me over to her bench to co-consult on a patient and here was Nelson! When the mother heard my name, she smiled and said, "I went to see you in February but you weren't there!" She explained about the previous referral and I remembered someone telling me about the case of a young child who walked while leaning on his knees. We told her that she needed to come and see us very soon so that we could find out what was wrong with Nelson's back. She explained that it cost her $1000 pesos (about $30 US) just for transportation. Debbie had donated funds for just such a need and was able to give the mother, now 8 months pregnant, money to be evaluated at the Good Samaritan Hospital.<br><br>Dr. Herrerra also saw this patient and referred them onto the C.U.R.E. Foundation for care. We sent them with x-rays of the spine and money for transportation. Then we waited. Three days ago, I went to go look for Nelson in his batey because we hadn't heard anything. His mother said she didn't have money to go to the hospital anymore so couldn't do anything. C.U.R.E. had asked for several labs to be done but she couldn't pay for those either. And, now she was due to deliver any day. I gave her money from donated funds to come to the hospital the next day so we could do the labs, which included a TB sputum. She came and did all of the labs except the sputum test because Nelson refused to spit! His previous TB test from last year was negative but C.U.R.E. wants a new one.<br><br>So, here we are now. We need labs paid for and help for the mother to get to Santo Domingo for follow-up care and possible surgery or expensive treatment. She also has a 4 year old and a 1 year old at home. The hospital has offered a free tubal ligation for the mother but there is also an urgent need to get Nelson the medical attention he needs before any further damage is done to his spine. Will you be the one that Nelson can lean on for support? We need donations of money for continued treatment and many prayers for the family. If you are able to help, please donate online at: www.laromana.org or mail your donation (with a note "Care for Nelson") to:<br><br>Good Samaritan Mission Council<br>800-126 Main Street<br>Holden, MA 01520<br><br>Thank you for your help!<br><br>Sincerely,<br><br>Kristy Engel<br>International Ministries, Kristy Engel<br> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/24157-these-children-need-your-help https://internationalministries.org/read/24157-these-children-need-your-help Kristy’s May 2010 Newsletter I have been leading medical teams in and out of Haiti since the earthquake in January and have been blessed to know so many wonderful and giving teams.&nbsp; Below are a few thoughts of mine related to the work we do.&nbsp; Thank you for your continued support of my ministry through donations of time, money and supplies.&nbsp; Remember that ongoing support can be made through<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103439201859&amp;s=638&amp;e=001-4uXau7ChWsjN2Bon2aW-viVxAERuQ2_SFphl54nbWVNXrmwsbP-su0t_9jKMEkNg-FIcR5PELtqNGijHJdfUIplTmp9CdPYJC3Ck_f4WTQjXD-Y57ZVKKAUuZfIvlq1xVCI8uvXkGwwOcG2TQP312LO4ADBTJ9K" style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;"> International Ministries</a>.&nbsp; Following this message, a list of prayer requests can be found.&nbsp; Blessings!<br><p style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Our imitation of God in this life ... must be an imitation of God incarnate: our model is the Jesus, not only of Calvary, but of the workshop, the roads, the crowds, the clamorous demands and surly oppositions, the lack of all peace and privacy, the interruptions. For this, so strangely unlike anything we can attribute to the Divine life in itself, is apparently not only like, but is, the Divine life operating under human conditions.</p> <b><span>- C.S. Lewis, </span></b><i><span>from his book </span></i><span>The Four Loves</span><br><br>A good friend of mine recently sent me a quote by C.S. Lewis (see above) which described a Jesus unlike I had ever pictured.&nbsp; If you were to ask most people what Jesus "looked" like or what His characteristics were, you would probably hear words like, "holy," "patient," "kind," "healer," "forgiving" and "God's son."&nbsp; All of those would be true but I challenge you to see Him in another light, or rather, more easily relatable to our lives.<br><br>You see, over the last few months, I have been traveling back and forth from La Romana, Dominican Republic to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.&nbsp; The trip is long and uncomfortable for my 6 foot frame but it's something I felt called to be a part of.&nbsp; Something that was good and right to do.&nbsp; Something that I felt Jesus would have done.&nbsp; What I didn't think about was Jesus dealing with border guards, unruly patients, 100 degree days and 95 degree stifling nights.&nbsp; I didn't think about Jesus dealing with an allergy to mangoes while living under multiple mango trees!&nbsp; I didn't even consider that Jesus might have to deal with schedules that change every minute or the day to day dealings with personality clashes, unrealistic expectations and constant grief surrounding us.&nbsp; I mean, come on, He's Jesus, right?!&nbsp; He does the HOLY things like preaching and prayer.&nbsp; He gets to touch people and heal them or sit and discuss the meaning of scriptures, all the while maintaining a calm peace and never, no never losing it because of a little frustration!<br><br>Wrong.&nbsp; Way wrong!&nbsp; As I read C.S. Lewis' description of Jesus I began to see Him in another light...the unglorified team leader!&nbsp; He dealt with cranky co-workers, an often unfriendly or unwelcoming workplace, people who questioned every decision He made, people who stole from Him or His friends, people who expected more and more from Him no matter what He gave them and betrayal by even His closest friends.&nbsp; And what about a little privacy?&nbsp; He didn't have any!&nbsp; Team members often complain about having to share a bathroom for a week or maybe the guy in the next bunk that snores louder than a jackhammer.&nbsp; But Jesus had NO privacy at all.&nbsp; <br><br>People sought him out at all hours.&nbsp; People wanted to touch Him, talk to Him, be with Him.&nbsp; They wanted all of His time and energy and it still wasn't enough.<br><br>So what did He do?&nbsp; He got away from it all.&nbsp; He went to rest.&nbsp; Even He needed to separate Himself from all of the distractions and frustrations of the day.&nbsp; He needed quiet time and a time to re-center His spirit and His thoughts.<br><br>So many of us get caught up in the frustrations of life, whether it's at home, school or work.&nbsp; We so often see Jesus as detached or unable to really have any understanding what it's like to do our job.&nbsp; But look at His life!&nbsp; He dealt with all that we deal with and more!&nbsp; He gets it.&nbsp; And, He gets us, too.&nbsp; Don't be afraid to pour out your heart to Him.&nbsp; Tell Him how annoyed you are at work or how hurt you are because of your friend.&nbsp;He's been there and done that, too.<br><br>Thank you, Lord, for understanding my quirks and frustrations and loving me through it all.&nbsp;Thank you for going first, ahead of all of us, so that when we go through the valleys you are right there with us.&nbsp; Thank you!<span style="font-style: italic; font-family: Palatino Linotype,Book Antiqua,Palatino,Times New Roman,Times,serif;"><br><br></span><div><b><span style="font-family: Papyrus,Comic Sans MS,Verdana,Helvetica,sans-serif; color: rgb(102, 51, 0);">Prayer Requests</span><br></b></div><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 102);"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Health</span> <span style="font-style: italic;">-I have been battling daily headaches and frequent migraines</span></span><br><br><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 102);"> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Rest</span></span><br><br><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 102); font-weight: bold;">Fund-raising efforts for my ongoing support</span><br><br><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 102); font-weight: bold;">New teams coming for the summer months</span><br><br><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 102); font-weight: bold;">Ability to continue bringing needed help to Haiti</span><br><br><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 102); font-weight: bold;">Funds and purchase of a new truck for me</span><br><br><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 102); font-weight: bold;">Personal relationships</span><span style="font-style: italic; font-family: Palatino Linotype,Book Antiqua,Palatino,Times New Roman,Times,serif;"><br></span><span style="font-style: italic; font-family: Palatino Linotype,Book Antiqua,Palatino,Times New Roman,Times,serif;"></span><h4> <div style="font-weight: normal;">I pray that through the amazing grace of God and His lovingkindness to us daily, you may know a peace that passes the frustrations and turmoils that always surround us.<br></div><div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">Much love,</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <span> Kristy Engel, RN, MSN, CPNP<br>International Ministries </span></h4> <div><b>Luke 21:37<br></b></div> <br><span style="font-style: italic; font-family: Palatino Linotype,Book Antiqua,Palatino,Times New Roman,Times,serif;">"Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet."</span><br><span style="font-style: italic; font-family: Palatino Linotype,Book Antiqua,Palatino,Times New Roman,Times,serif;"></span><h1><br></h1> Wed, 26 May 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/22221-kristy-s-may-2010-newsletter https://internationalministries.org/read/22221-kristy-s-may-2010-newsletter Offering Hope in Haiti <h5>Last Thursday, we were doing consultations in Martissant, a Haiti neighborhood that we had not visited before.&nbsp;As we pulled in, it looked cleaner and the apartments around us were undamaged, although the road leading to the apartments showed quite a bit of destruction.&nbsp;</h5><h5><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; color: rgb(64, 64, 64);"> Near the end of the day, a mother and small baby sat down in front of me.&nbsp;The baby looked to be about a week old but the registration card said she was 5 months old.&nbsp;I asked the mother how old the baby was and she said 5 months.&nbsp;I then asked if the baby had been born premature.&nbsp;She said no, she had been born at 9 months.&nbsp;When I asked what the birth weight was she told me 8 pounds....the same weight the baby was today...5 months later!&nbsp;I began asking questions about nutrition and what the child was eating, how much, and if she had recently lost weight.&nbsp;The mother told me, almost with embarrassment, that the child had recently lost a lot of weight. When I asked her why she said that she couldn't afford to feed her formula, that she didn't have any breast milk.&nbsp;She had actually only been able to feed the baby carrot juice and mashed bananas for at least the last month!&nbsp;More probing found that the mother was alone...no family, no friends helping her....and that she lived in a makeshift tent in one of the tent camps.&nbsp;When I asked her how she found money for the food she ate or&nbsp;for her baby, she just shrugged and dropped her head.&nbsp;She said, "I do what I can."</span></h5><h5><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; color: rgb(64, 64, 64);"></span></h5><h5><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; color: rgb(64, 64, 64);"> <br> At that moment, I realized that what we are doing in these medical clinics is so much more than giving out medications and treating diseases.&nbsp;Here sat a young woman with a malnourished baby who had absolutely no idea how she would feed her child that day and we arrived with formula, food, clothing AND medical care.&nbsp;We were able to offer counseling and pray with her.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;We connected her to a women and children's food and educational program through a local hospital so that she could get some help.&nbsp;&nbsp;And we offered her hope that she was not forgotten.<br> <br> Hope....what led her to us and what we shared with her.&nbsp;As she sat in front of me and I looked at her daughter, it was all I could do not to cry.&nbsp;My heart ached.&nbsp;All I could think of was that <u>this</u> is exactly why we come; this is why we sacrifice and this is why we continue to bring help.&nbsp;Hope.&nbsp;Plain and simple, but oh so powerful in the life of just this one.&nbsp;And the next one, and the next and the next...</span></h5> &nbsp;&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ++++ You Are There ++++<br><br><span>Whether you realize it or not, you have been in Haiti.&nbsp;Maybe you are wondering, "Really?&nbsp;How have I been there?"<br> When team members are distributing much needed clothing and food packets for families...<i>you are there.</i><br> When Kristy is negotiating with Haitian officials so the medical teams can serve...<i>you are there.</i><br> When team members offer words of welcome and comfort as people come to the mobile clinics...<i>you are there.</i><br> When Kristy and others provide medical care for those who seek them out, and then offer a prayer for healing, comfort and strength...<i>you are there.<br><br></i> <i>"...for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me...'just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'"</i><br> <br> YOU ARE THERE with Kristy, offering hope in Jesus' name to those in Haiti whenever you pray for her, whenever you help make it possible for others to serve on a medical team, and when you offer financial support.&nbsp;Thank you for your generous gifts.<br> <br> Keep reading to learn of a new and unique opportunity to support Kristy's ongoing ministry in the Dominican Republic and in Haiti.</span><br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The Opportunity...<br><br><h5>We have a new dream in <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103322153735&amp;s=-1&amp;e=001sd-apMfmciRgiRoVAbv65SaE4b7OD4ocnmvBYn-Ce0fWC2rAelYEQNyPL5oIwdTdnicUgV9gLwOCu4eCCiyGRF-8B_2tsFJJTGl7xSzxlWx0-xmMV4s4uymlm5B9Am2V">International Ministries</a>: if each of us will give just $1 a day for missions, we can fully fund incredible ministries like Kristy's around the world, guaranteeing their stability and long-term effectiveness.&nbsp; That's $1 a day, $30 a month, $360 a year. This idea caught on with some of the major donors to International Ministries, who decided to offer a matching fund for a limited time.&nbsp;It's a very specific campaign: for individuals, for internet giving, for regular pledges.&nbsp;Here's how it works:<span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; color: rgb(64, 64, 64);"></span></h5><h5><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; color: rgb(64, 64, 64);"><br> The campaign will begin tomorrow, April 19 and run through May 31, 2010.<br> &nbsp;<br> 1. &nbsp;Pledges made on the IM web site between April 19 and May 31 by individual donors who have not previously pledged to a particular IM missionary will be matched on a 50% basis, two for one.&nbsp;Click <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">this link</a> or, if you prefer, go to http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63<br> <br> 2. &nbsp;Pledges can be immediately matched as follows:&nbsp;A qualifying pledge of $30/month for at least one year will be matched at the rate of $15/month for a total of an additional $180.&nbsp;A donor can pledge monthly to more than one missionary and receive the same match.&nbsp;Although donors will be asked to contribute monthly, they can opt to make Quarterly, Semi-annual or Annual pledges as all pledges will be honored for the match.<br> &nbsp;<br> 3. &nbsp;The matching funds will be available on a first come, first served basis until the fund is exhausted or until May 31, 2010. The web site will daily report the amount of funds remaining.<br> <br> 4. &nbsp;The web site will weekly report the level of sustaining support still needed for each missionary or missionary couple.</span></h5> <p style="margin-bottom: 12pt; line-height: normal;"><span>We are profoundly grateful for those of you who have supported Kristy's ministry in the past, and want to encourage others who are interested to take advantage of this unique opportunity.&nbsp; For those who are able, a pledge of a specific amount, as outlined above, creates a more stable situation for all missionaries to continue serving as God has called them.&nbsp; Thank you for your generous gifts.&nbsp; <br> <br> If you have questions, please feel free to contact us (click on a name below to send an e-mail message.)</span></p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><span>Serving as Kristy's MPT (Missionary Partnership Team)<br> <a href="http://soozi.ford@gmail.com"><span style="color: windowtext;">Soozi Whitten Ford</span></a>(Iowa)<br> <a href="http://rrcooper@consolidated.net"><span style="color: windowtext;">Rex and Becky Cooper</span></a>(Illinois)<br> <a href="mailto:rbeck.jr@gmail.com"><span style="color: windowtext;"></span></a></span><span></span><a href="http://rbeck.jr@gmail.com"><span style="color: windowtext;">Robert Beck, Jr</span></a><a href="http://rbeck.jr@gmail.com">.</a>(<span>Massachusetts)<br> <a href="http://cyndimc50@msn.com"><span style="color: windowtext;">Cyndi McNamara</span></a>(Massachusetts)<br> <a href="http://michelle.siemens@gmail.com">Michelle Siemens</a> (U.S. Army, currently serving in Iraq)</span></p> Sun, 18 Apr 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/20048-offering-hope-in-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/20048-offering-hope-in-haiti Seven-point Recovery Plan Discussed with the Convention Baptiste d’Haiti Recovery, rebuilding and strengthening the 87-year partnership with the Convention Baptiste d’Haiti&nbsp; (CBH) was the focus of the American Baptist International Ministries (IM) delegation to Haiti on March 17-19, 2010. &nbsp;<br><br>The IM delegation included Reid Trulson, IM executive director, José Norat-Rodríguez, IM area director for Iberoamerica/Caribbean and Ruth Clark, IM board of directors’ president.&nbsp; Roy Medley, general secretary, American Baptist Churches, USA had been invited to join the delegation but had to cancel for personal reasons.<br><br>The primary purpose of this trip was to propose and discuss a mid-term plan for Haiti recovery and rebuilding with CBH leaders.&nbsp; When completed and approved, the plan will be implemented over the next several years. José Norat-Rodríguez presented the seven-point plan summarized below at a meeting in the Haitian city of Grand Goâve in which a Baptist church and school were completely destroyed. <br><br>1.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;In keeping with IM’s history and tradition of medical ministry in Haiti, IM will provide a medical doctor to work with CBH for one year and provide continuing medical care for earthquake victims<br><br>2.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Scholarship support for students who have been forced to move because their schools/universities were destroyed<br><br>3.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Reconstruction of medical facilities, orphanages, schools, housing and churches<br><br>4.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;An additional missionary to preach, teach and provide occupational therapy services to Haitian families, as well as a missionary with a background in economic development. These additional personnel will join IM’s current missionaries serving in Haiti: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Dr. Steve James</a> (medical doctor) <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Nancy James</a> (nurse), <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/86">Nzunga Mabudiga</a> (educator and eye clinic administrator), <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/86">Kihomi Ngwemi</a> (educator and women’s development) and Herb Rogers (former missionary to Haiti who returned to Grand Goâve after the earthquake for service from mid-February to mid-April). Missionary <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">Kristy Engel</a> continues to bring medical teams from the Dominican Republic (D.R.) into Port-au-Prince. Missionary <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/64">Madeline Flores-López</a> continues to work with Haitians evacuated to the D.R. for medical care <br><br>5.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Micro-credit and other economic development approaches which will allow earthquake sufferers to move towards self-sufficiency.<br><br>6.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Organize a meeting of IM’s missionary medical doctors to reflect on the current needs within Haiti and will bring the results of this meeting to the CBH for discussion and possible implementation.<br><br>7.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Work with CBH to organize the distribution of large, heavy-duty tents to provide temporary shelter to families still in need.<br><br>Also traveling with the group were <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly and Vital Pierre</a>, IM missionaries to Nicaragua. The Pierres have been assisting the U.S. volunteer medical teams as they arrive in the Dominican Republic to work in Haiti. Also, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/54">Deliris Carrión-Rosa</a>, IM missionary who is starting a new ministry in Haiti and Catherine Nold, IM’s director of Communication and Mission Education. &nbsp;<br><br>Rounding out the delegation were three representatives from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) who were invited by IM to join this trip. Medical missionaries, Steve and Nancy James have been jointly appointed for their work in Haiti by IM and CBF. A representative from Mercer University also attended the trip.<br><br>The trip began on March 17 with a tour of devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti and an evening prayer service of remembrance and hope.&nbsp; Nearly 300 people attended this service with 12 CBH pastor leaders from other cities. Conducted in the cellar of a collapsed parking garage, the service was marked by poignant moments of remembrance of loved ones mingled with tales of courage and messages of hope and gratitude to God.<br><br>On March 18 the group traveled four hours to Grand Goâve to visit the Baptist staging areas for rebuilding a school and church.&nbsp; Just completed was a fresh water pump on the grounds of the demolished church that serves the entire community of hundreds of people.&nbsp; Herb Rogers, former IM missionary in Haiti, worked with volunteers and community members to remove rubble and debris and install two toilets and showers and erect tents for the U.S. volunteers who began arriving on March 21. <br><br>Donations to <a href="http://www.abc-oghs.org/">One Great Hour of Sharing</a> continue to be needed for further projects.&nbsp; Donors can give through the IM website: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/items/80">www.internationalministries.org/items/80</a> or by check to: “OGHS- Haiti Earthquake Relief” and mailed to International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.&nbsp; Support can also be given by American Baptists through their church by making checks payable to the church with “One Great Hour of Sharing – Haiti Earthquake Relief” written in the memo section.&nbsp; These gifts will be sent from the church through the American Baptist region and then to International Ministries. <br><br>One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the General Board.&nbsp; The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work, and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering.<br> Sat, 27 Mar 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19486-seven-point-recovery-plan-discussed-with-the-convention-baptiste-d-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/19486-seven-point-recovery-plan-discussed-with-the-convention-baptiste-d-haiti Enfoque de Recuperación y Reconstrucción en Viaje a Haití el 17 de Marzo En respuesta a una invitación de la Convención Bautista de Haití (CBH), una delegación bautista Americana está viajando a Haití el 17 de marzo de 2010. La delegación incluye a Roy Medley, secretario general, Iglesias Bautistas Americanas, EE.UU. (IBA-EE.UU.), Reid Trulson, director ejecutivo, Ministerios Internacionales (MI), José Norat-Rodríguez, director de área de MI para Iberoamérica y el Caribe y Ruth Clark, presidenta de la junta de directores de MI.<br><br>La Convención Bautista de Haití es socia en misión con MI desde hace mucho tiempo. MI ha estado proveyendo misioneros y trabajando en ministerios con los haitianos por 87 años.<br><br>El propósito primordial del viaje es comenzar a desarrollar un plan detallado para la recuperación y reconstrucción de Haití en coordinación con la CBH. La delegación se reunirá y orará en Port-au-Prince con los pastores haitianos y personas afectadas por este desastre. Finalmente, viajarán a Grand Goâve para visitar tres áreas Bautistas designadas para esfuerzos de socorro.<br><br>También están viajando con la delegación <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly y Vital Pierre</a>, misioneros de MI en Nicaragua. Los Pierre han estado apoyando equipos médicos voluntarios de EE.UU. que llegan a la República Dominicana y viajan a varios lugares en Haití para proveer atención medica a los sobrevivientes. <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/54">Deliris Carrión-Rosa</a>, misionera de MI que está comenzando un nuevo ministerio de terapia ocupacional en Cap Haitien, se une al grupo, junto con Catherine Nold, del equipo de comunicaciones y educación misionera de MI.<br><br>El cuerpo misionero de Ministerios Internacionales que ha participado en estos esfuerzos de rescate y ayuda incluye a <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/64">Madeline Flores-López</a> quien ha coordinado los voluntarios que llegan a la República Dominicana para cruzar a través de la frontera con Haití y la enfermera especialista en pediatría <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">Kristy Engel</a> quien está transportando los equipos médicos y trabajando con ellos en terreno. Tanto Madeline como Kristy tienen como base la República Dominicana. Los misioneros médicos <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Nancy (enfermera) y Steve (doctor) James</a>, son misioneros médicos con base en el norte de Haití, en Limbe. El misionero retirado de MI en Haití, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/people/1477">Herb Rogers</a> llegó en febrero. El estará cooperando en los esfuerzos de reconstrucción durante su estadía de dos meses.<br><br>Desde el terremoto en Haití hace más de 60 días, el total de ofrendas recibidas por canales bautistas americanos han sobrepasado los $1.9 millones. $236,850 fueron enviados inmediatamente tras el terremoto que azotó a Port-au-Prince el 12 de enero de 2010. Según nuestros socios Haitianos identifican necesidades y proyectos específicos, fondos adicionales están siendo enviados.<br><br>Seguimos necesitando donativos a <a href="http://www.abc-oghs.org/">Una Gran Hora para Compartir (One Great Hour of Sharing)</a> para estos proyectos. Pueden ofrendar a través de la página web de MI: www.internationalministries.org/items/80, o con cheque a nombre de: “OGHS–Haiti Earthquake Relief” y enviado a: International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851. También pueden enviar sus ofrendas a través de su iglesia bautista americana, con un cheque a nombre de la iglesia anotando en el memo del cheque: “One Great Hour of Sharing–Haiti Earthquake Relief”. Estas ofrendas serán enviadas por su iglesia a través de la región bautista americana y luego a Ministerios Internacionales.<br><br>Una Gran Hora para Compartir (One Great Hour of Sharing) es administrada por el Comité de Ayuda Mundial (World Relief Committee) de la Junta General. El Comité facilita esfuerzos bautista americanos de alivio de emergencia, rehabilitación de desastres, trabajo con refugiados y apoyo de desarrollo al establecer directrices de reglamentación y supervisando la distribución de esta ofrenda anual<br> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19333-enfoque-de-recuperaci%C3%B3n-y-reconstrucci%C3%B3n-en-viaje-a-hait%C3%AD-el-17-de-marzo https://internationalministries.org/read/19333-enfoque-de-recuperaci%C3%B3n-y-reconstrucci%C3%B3n-en-viaje-a-hait%C3%AD-el-17-de-marzo 60 días después del terremoto en Haití: más de $1.2 millones en contribuciones recibidas - $126,000 enviados para socorrer Al 10 de marzo de 2010 Ministerios Internacionales ha recibido $325,093.18 enviados por Bautistas Americanos para <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/topics/haiti_earthquake">socorro tras el terremoto en Haití</a>. El total de ofrendas recibidas a través de medios Bautistas Americanos asciende a $1,280,324.<br><br>$126,000 fueron enviados inmediatamente tras el terremoto que azotó a Port-au-Prince el 12 de enero de 2010. Según nuestros socios Haitianos identifican necesidades y proyectos específicos, fondos adicionales están siendo enviados.<br><br>Esto incluye $15,000 provistos a la misionera de Ministerios Internacionales (MI) Kristy Engel. Estos fondos serán usados para equipos médicos futuros que vayan a Haití. El dinero ayudará a transportar estos equipos en bus y camiones de carga, así como proveerá medicinas y suministros médicos que usen los equipos en Haití.<br><br>Socios bautistas de todo el mundo también han respondido generosamente a la necesidad de ayuda a Haití. Las contribuciones recibidas por Ministerios Internacionales para el socorro de Haití son:<br><br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$8,744 del Concilio de Iglesias Bautistas Angami en el Noreste de India<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$5,000 del Instituto Misionero y Educativo Bautista en El Salvador<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$4,800 de la Iglesia Bautista Kwun Tong Swatow en Hong Kong<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$3,000 de la Iglesia Bautista Shalom en Ciudad de México<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,441.38 de la Convención Bautista de Nicaragua en Nicaragua<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,423.84 del Concilio Nicaragüense de Iglesias Evangélicas, Managua, Nicaragua<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,000 de la Escuela Técnica Bellasore en Bellasore, India<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,000 del Seminario Bautista en Ciudad de México<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$217 de la Primera Iglesia Bautista de Managua, Nicaragua pastoreada por el Rev. Dr. Gustavo Parajón, misionero retirado de MI<br><br>El cuerpo misionero de Ministerios Internacionales que ha participado en estos esfuerzos de rescate y ayuda incluye a <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/64">Madeline Flores-Lopez</a> quien ha coordinado los voluntarios que llegan a la República Dominicana para cruzar a través de la frontera con Haití y la enfermera especialista en pediatría <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">Kristy Engel</a> quien está transportando los equipos médicos y trabajando con ellos en terreno. Tanto Madeline como Kristy tienen como base la República Dominicana. Los misioneros médicos <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Nancy (enfermera) y Steve (doctor) James</a>, son misioneros médicos con base en el norte de Haití, en Limbe. También han estado presentes los misioneros de Nicaragua – <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly y Vital Pierre</a> quienes tienen familiares y amigos en Haití.<br><br>El misionero retirado de MI en Haití, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/people/1477">Herb Rogers</a> llegó en febrero. El estará cooperando en los esfuerzos de reconstrucción durante su estadía de dos meses. Herb informó con alegría que la ciudad de Grand Goave ya tiene suministro de agua limpia. La gente de la comunidad ha derrumbado edificios en peligro y están eliminando los escombros. Un ingeniero de estructuras ha llegado para inspeccionar la iglesia y otros edificios para evaluar los daños.<br><br>Seguimos necesitando donativos a <a href="http://www.abc-oghs.org/">Una Gran Hora para Compartir</a> para estos proyectos. Pueden ofrendar a través de la página web de MI: www.internationalministries.org/items/80, o con cheque a nombre de: “OGHS–Haiti Earthquake Relief” y enviado a: International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851. También pueden enviar sus ofrendas a través de su iglesia bautista americana, con un cheque a nombre de la iglesia anotando en el memo del cheque: “One Great Hour of Sharing–Haiti Earthquake Relief”. Estas ofrendas serán enviadas por su iglesia a través de la región bautista americana y luego a Ministerios Internacionales.<br><br>Una Gran Hora para Compartir (One Great Hour of Sharing) es administrada por el Comité de Ayuda Mundial (World Relief Committee) de la Junta General. El Comité facilita esfuerzos bautista americanos de alivio de emergencia, rehabilitación de desastres, trabajo con refugiados y apoyo de desarrollo al establecer directrices de reglamentación y supervisando la distribución de esta ofrenda anual.<br> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/19164-60-d%C3%ADas-despu%C3%A9s-del-terremoto-en-hait%C3%AD-m%C3%A1s-de-1-2-millones-en-contribuciones-recibidas-126-000-enviados-para-socorrer https://internationalministries.org/read/19164-60-d%C3%ADas-despu%C3%A9s-del-terremoto-en-hait%C3%AD-m%C3%A1s-de-1-2-millones-en-contribuciones-recibidas-126-000-enviados-para-socorrer 60 days after the Haiti earthquake: over $1.2 million in contributions received - $126,000 in relief sent to help As of March 10, 2010 International Ministries has received $325,093.18 given by American Baptists for <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/topics/haiti_earthquake">earthquake relief in Haiti</a>.&nbsp; Total giving through American Baptist channels is $1,280,324.<br>$126,000 was sent in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010.&nbsp; As our Haitian partners identify specific needs and projects, additional funds are being released.<br><br>This included $15,000 provided to International Ministries missionary Kristy Engel.&nbsp; These funds will be used by future medical teams going into Haiti.&nbsp; The money will help transport the teams by bus and cargo truck, as well as help provide medicines and medical supplies to be used by the team while in Haiti. &nbsp;<br><br>Baptist partners from around the world have also generously responded to the need for aid in Haiti.&nbsp; Contributions received by International Ministries for relief in Haiti include:<br><br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$8,744 from the Angami Baptist Church Council in Northeast India<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$5,000 from the Baptist Education and Missionary Institute in El Salvador<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$4,800 from the Kwun Tong Swatow Baptist Church of Hong Kong<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$3,000 from the Iglesia Bautista Shalom in Mexico City<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,441.38 from Convencion Bautista Nicaragua in Nicaragua<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,423.84 from Nicaraguan Council of Evangelical Churches, Managua, Nicaragua<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,000 from the Baptist Convention of Telugu Churches in India<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,000 from the Seminario Bautista in Mexico City<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$217 from Primera Iglesia Bautista de Managua, Nicaragua pastored by Rev. Dr. Gustavo Parajon, retired IM missionary<br><br>International Ministries missionaries engaged in the relief and response efforts include <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/64">Madeline Flores-Lopez</a> who is coordinating the volunteers arriving in the Dominican Republic on their way across the border into Haiti, and pediatric nurse <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">Kristy Engel</a> who is transporting the medical teams and working with them on site.&nbsp; Both Madeline and Kristy are based in the Dominican Republic. Medical missionaries <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Nancy (nurse) and Steve (doctor) James</a> are based in northern Haiti, in Limbe.&nbsp; Also present are missionaries to Nicaragua – <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly and Vital Pierre</a> who have family and friends in Haiti. <br><br>Former missionary in Haiti, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/people/1477">Herb Rogers</a> arrived in February.&nbsp; He will be assisting with reconstruction efforts during his two-month stay.&nbsp; Herb was happy to report that the town of Grand Goave now has a clean water supply.&nbsp; People in the community have demolished dangerous buildings and are working to clear the rubble.&nbsp; A structural engineer has arrived to inspect the church and other buildings for damage. &nbsp;<br><br>Donations to <a href="http://www.abc-oghs.org/">One Great Hour of Sharing</a> continue to be needed for further projects.&nbsp; Donors can give through the IM website: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/items/80">www.internationalministries.org/items/80</a> or by check to: “OGHS- Haiti Earthquake Relief” and mailed to International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.&nbsp; Support can also be given by American Baptists through their church by making checks payable to the church with “One Great Hour of Sharing – Haiti Earthquake Relief” written in the memo section.&nbsp; These gifts will be sent from the church through the American Baptist region and then to International Ministries. <br><br>One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the General Board.&nbsp; The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work, and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering. <br> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/19158-60-days-after-the-haiti-earthquake-over-1-2-million-in-contributions-received-126-000-in-relief-sent-to-help https://internationalministries.org/read/19158-60-days-after-the-haiti-earthquake-over-1-2-million-in-contributions-received-126-000-in-relief-sent-to-help Haiti Relief from the U.S. and Half a World Away The delay in mailing this is due to a mighty blizzard on the East coast. Our apologies.<br><br>$303,000 has been given to International Ministries in response to the January 12th Haiti earthquake with one of the latest contributions coming from half a world away.&nbsp; At its 125th anniversary celebration, the Angami Baptist Church Council, part of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council, collected $8,744 to fund Haiti relief efforts through International Ministries (IM).&nbsp; The council, an IM partner for more than a century, also collected $5,920 in support of IM’s mission that reaches people in more than 70 countries.&nbsp; The Angami is one of many tribes in Nagaland, a state in the northeastern portion of India.&nbsp; In 1885, four Angamis became Christians; today 27,245 members are part of 104 Angami Baptist churches.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Kristy Engel (center), a pediatric nurse practitioner and IM missionary in the Dominican Republic (DR), and Vital (left) and Ketly Pierre, IM missionaries in Nicaragua, have been overseeing medical care for Haiti earthquake victims not served by any other groups.&nbsp; Rotating teams, composed of volunteer professional medical personnel from the U.S. and elsewhere, travel from the DR each week to Port-au-Prince.&nbsp; Temporary clinics are set up in schools and <br>church buildings.&nbsp; Word-of-mouth advertising is initiated by school principals or church leaders 24-hours before each team arrives.&nbsp; Once a treatment place is established, different teams go to the same location until Haitians are equipped to provide care.&nbsp; When that occurs, teams under Engel’s supervision are sent to other critical neighborhoods.&nbsp; Volunteer doctors and physician assistants are asked to email a message to BIMvolunteers@abc-usa.org to become part of a team.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Adalia Schellinger-Gutiérrez, M.D., an IM missionary in Mexico, devoted a week in early February as one of a 30-member rotating team.&nbsp; She says, “On just the first day we were able to see 527 patients who were so grateful for the care they received.&nbsp; As American Baptists, we have a long mission history in Haiti and have avenues for providing food, water and medical supplies as we team up with our Haitian sisters and brothers.”<br><br>IM missionary Stephen James, M.D. and his wife Nancy, a registered nurse, requested prayer support as they left their home in the north of Haiti to return to Port-au-Prince.&nbsp; Their plans included helping to prepare a place belonging to IM’s mission partner, the Convention of Baptists in Haiti (CBH).&nbsp; When teams soon arrive during the rebuilding phase, they will be assured of a safe place to stay.<br><br>The rebuilding phase will also be the focus next week in Haiti when José Norat-Rodriguez, IM area director for Iberoamerica and the Caribbean, and other American Baptist and CBH leaders meet to refine plans for the immediate future.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Donations continue to be needed.&nbsp; Donors can give through the IM website: www.internationalministries.org/items/80, or by check to: “OGHS – Haiti Earthquake Relief” and mailed to: International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.&nbsp; Support can also be given by American Baptists through their church by making checks payable to the church with “One Great Hour of Sharing – Haiti Earthquake Relief” written in the memo section.&nbsp; These gifts will be sent from the church through the American Baptist region and then to International Ministries.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A new tax relief law allows people who contribute to Haiti earthquake relief by March 1, 2010 to take a tax deduction for the contribution on their 2009 tax return. This means donors can receive an immediate tax benefit, rather than having to wait until they file next year’s return. Donors may deduct these contributions on either their 2009 or 2010 returns, but not both. See: <a href="http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218645,00.html?portlet=7">www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218645,00.html?portlet=7</a> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/18485-haiti-relief-from-the-u-s-and-half-a-world-away https://internationalministries.org/read/18485-haiti-relief-from-the-u-s-and-half-a-world-away $1 Million Requested by Haitian Baptists for Earthquake Recovery Contributions totaling <span style="font-weight: bold;">$254,000</span> in relief funds have been received by International Ministries (IM) in the wake of the destruction caused by the January 12 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area. A draft proposal identifying $1 million for immediate and medium-term needs has been received from IM’s partner, the Convention of Baptists in Haiti (CBH).<br><br>The proposal included a summary of the extensive damage. Of the more than 21 Baptist churches in the convention, 11 church buildings were damaged and at least four were completely destroyed. Two pastors died in the earthquake along with 29 other church members. More than 400 congregants were injured. Among convention congregations, 438 homes were destroyed and 673 were damaged.<br><br>The CBH proposal outlined an immediate three-part action plan that calls for contributions to be allocated for distributing mattresses, tarps and other shelter necessities (50%), providing food for families (48%) and establishing a medical clinic and providing basic personal hygiene items (2%).<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr. Emmanuel Pierre</span>, general secretary of the CBH, expressed appreciation for initial assistance: “Thank you very much for the funds from IM and special thanks for the clean water system you sent via Dr. Vic Gordon.” Dr. Gordon, a pastor from Ohio and former IM board member, visits Haiti regularly to teach at the Christian University of Northern Haiti.<br><br>IM missionary <span style="font-weight: bold;">Steve James, M.D.</span> and Scott Hunter of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are working with the CBH to refine the action plan and continue to identify needs among the Haitian churches. A plan for the longer-term rebuilding phase will be developed in the coming months.<br><br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Kristy Engel</span>, a pediatric nurse practitioner and IM missionary in the Dominican Republic (DR), continues each week to lead rotating volunteer medical teams from La Romana, DR to Port-au-Prince. These teams, composed of volunteers from the U.S. as well as Dominican physicians and volunteers, are providing medical care to victims housed in tent cities. In one such city, a single team treated nearly 1,000 patients during just one four-day rotation period.<br><br>Some of these teams have been composed of more than 75 people. <span style="font-weight: bold;">Ketly and Vital Pierre</span>, who serve as IM missionaries in Nicaragua, and <span style="font-weight: bold;">Adalia Schellinger-Gutiérrez, M.D.</span>, an IM missionary in Mexico, have been among members of those groups. “Over the next several weeks,” Engel reports, “we still need doctors and physician assistants to help fill the needs of our medical clinics. If you are able to assist in those areas, please send an email to BIMvolunteers@abc-usa.org to register.”<br><br>IM missionary <span style="font-weight: bold;">Madeline Flores-López</span> has remained in the DR. She and her Dominican colleagues are continuing to provide shelter and medical care to quake victims being brought to the Contreras Hospital in Santo Domingo. They also have been giving each earthquake victim a "duffle bag" where they can put their personal things like soap, clothes, medicines, etc. Flores- López says, “They came with nothing, now they can take a least a bag and clothes with it” – a reminder of God’s love being shown by God’s people.<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr. Stephen James</span>, an IM medical doctor, recently visited the larger medical institutions in the north of Haiti to assess the response to earthquake patients that are being transferred by the hundreds from Port-au-Prince. He and his wife, Nancy, a registered nurse, have been serving as IM missionaries in Haiti for more then 20 years. They recently observed, “It is rare to find someone in Haiti today who has not lost a family member in the earthquake. We who have been in Haiti for many years have witnessed terrible tragedies. Yet this present disaster has shaken all of us in the scope and breadth of pain for so many. Still there are signs of God working through His people in Haiti, like a Haitian doctor in the slums of Port-au-Prince serving by himself for long hours with few supplies or a Haitian nurse caring for the wounded next to a demolished clinic a few miles from the epicenter.”<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Emergency donations</span> continue to be needed. Donors can give through the IM website: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/items/80">www.internationalministries.org/items/80</a>, or by check to: “OGHS – Haiti Earthquake Relief” and mailed to: International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851. Support can also be given by American Baptists through their church by making checks payable to the church with “One Great Hour of Sharing – Haiti Earthquake Relief” written in the memo section. These gifts will be sent from the church through the American Baptist region and then to International Ministries.<br><br>A new tax relief law allows people who contribute to Haiti earthquake relief by March 1, 2010 to take a tax deduction for the contribution on their 2009 tax return. This means donors can receive an immediate tax benefit, rather than having to wait until they file next year’s return. Donors may deduct these contributions on either their 2009 or 2010 returns, but not both. See: <a href="http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218645,00.html?portlet=7">www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218645,00.html?portlet=7</a><br><br>The ten people arrested for alleged child trafficking in Haiti are not members of churches affiliated with American Baptist Churches USA or with International Ministries. Some media sources have labeled these individuals as “American Baptists.” While the people involved are Baptists from the United States, they are not related to ABCUSA or IM. Thu, 04 Feb 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/18242-1-million-requested-by-haitian-baptists-for-earthquake-recovery https://internationalministries.org/read/18242-1-million-requested-by-haitian-baptists-for-earthquake-recovery Haiti Response Team #3 Urgent Prayer Request If you haven't had a chance yet, check out <a href="http://kristynurse.blogspot.com/">Kristy's most recent blog note</a>, posted yesterday.&nbsp; It tells a bit about what the team encountered last week as they cared for many in Port-au-Prince, touching hurting people with love and hope in the name of Jesus. <br><br>Late last night (Feb. 1) a team of about 80 persons departed by bus from La Romana to return to Haiti.&nbsp; In addition to Kristy, the team includes medical personnel (Dominican and North American), as well as ABC missionaries <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly and Vital Pierre</a>, and <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/94">Adalia Schellinger-Gutierrez</a>.<br><br>While in Port-au-Prince today, the team learned that they will be going tomorrow (Wednesday) into a new location that is totally devastated.&nbsp; In this area, the location where they will be setting up and holding the clinic seems to be a good one.&nbsp; However, the town itself is completely destroyed - buildings are in shambles with numerous bodies still beneath the ruble.&nbsp; This location is being described to the team as the "worst of the worst," which seems beyond comprehension to most of us.<br><br>Your prayers are appreciated for the team:<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; as they prepare to minister in this incredibly difficult setting; <br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; that they would use the very best of their medical gifts and skills, with gentleness and compassion; <br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; that the team would work well together; <br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; that they will rest well and stay healthy; and <br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; that the love of Christ would be evident in all they do. <br>With Appreciation For Your Support,<br><br>Rev. Soozi Whitten Ford, Convener<br>Kristy Engel's Missionary Partnership Team<br> Tue, 02 Feb 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/18181-haiti-response-team-3-urgent-prayer-request https://internationalministries.org/read/18181-haiti-response-team-3-urgent-prayer-request Haiti Quake Response at 4 Locations <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://switchboard.internationalministries.net/uploaded/haitimap_color.jpg" style="width: 550px; max-width:700px;float: none; text-align: center; display: inline;"></p> <p>1) International Ministries (IM) is closely coordinating earthquake response activities with the Haitian Baptist Convention and the Christian University of Northern <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/places/haiti">Haiti</a>. IM partners in the north of Haiti are proviing medical care and relief supplies at the partially finished hospital at <span style="font-weight: bold;">Quartier Morin</span> as Haitians leave Port-au-Prince for safer locations.</p> <p>2) On January 15, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Dr. Steve James</a>, IM missionary in Haiti, and a team of four began providing relief for the medical staff at Haiti Health Ministries <span style="font-weight: bold;">Christianville</span> Clinic.</p> <p>3) <a>Krity Engel</a>, IM misionary in the <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/places/dominican_republic">Dominican Republic</a> (DR), is creating medical response teams who are traveling from <span style="font-weight: bold;">La Romana,</span> DR to serve for one-week periods in Port-au-Prince.<br><br>4) IM missionary <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/64">Madeline Flores-López</a> and her Dominican partners are continuing to treat quake victims being brought to the Conreras Hospital in <span style="font-weight: bold;">Santo Domingo</span>.<br><br>Provide an overview of IM’s response to the earthquake by printing the <a href="http://switchboard.internationalministries.net/uploaded/haiti_flyer2.pdf">PDF Haiti Information Flyer</a>.</p> <p>IM has released $65,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing funds in response to the needs in Haiti. Give toward ongoing earthquake recovery at: <a href="http://ww.internationalministries.org/items/80%20%20">www.internationalmnistries.org/items/80 </a>OR&nbsp; mail checks to: International Ministries – Haiti Relief; P.O. Box 851;Valley Forge, PA 19482&nbsp; OR&nbsp; make checks payable to your American Baptist Church and write “Haiti Earthquake Relief” in the memo section. <a href="http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218645,00.html?portlet=7">A new tax relief law allows contributors giving to this relief, until March 1, to take a tax deduction on 209 tax returns</a>.</p> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/17965-haiti-quake-response-at-4-locations https://internationalministries.org/read/17965-haiti-quake-response-at-4-locations