If I’m not mistaken everyone made it home sweet home (definitely the Baltimore people). What a blessed trip through and through, God’s faithfulness was truly demonstrated through out. It was estimated that we saw a total of about 2,000 people/patients total. God was so faithful with health, traveling mercies and throughout…now please join us as we pray for the people we cared for that Christ would do an eternal work (this is/was our ultimate goal). Without Christ nothing matters.
This is most likely our last chance at some wi-fi until the plane. God has been so so faithful thus far, and now we God willing come home today (leave), please pray for traveling mercies and that God’s hand would be over us.
Today was the perfect conclusion to our trip to the Philippines. We drove Filipino style (thirteen of us squished into nine passenger van) to Loboc River for a lunch river cruise. Afterwards we stopped by the the Tarsier conservation to see the famous tiny monkeys. We then hit the beach to soak up the sun and watch it set on this side of the Pacific Ocean. For dinner we were completely spoiled, eating at a delicious beach resort buffet. The whole day was delightful and relaxing after working so hard all week in the clinics. It was a beautiful day of fun and rest, but, for me, also one of reflection.
I reflected on the kindness of God to rescue me and enable me to be His ambassador to these precious people. I was grateful for this amazing group of people that sacrificed their time and energy in order to use their gifts and humbly serve the Filipino church. Romans 12 says,”for as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function…having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…(v. 4, 6). It was wonderful to see our team work so well together: we all had different jobs, roles, and gifts that we used in order to run successful clinics. In addition to our missions team, it was amazing to have the opportunity to work beside our fellow believers in Cebu and Bohol. I was reminded that indeed “there is no distinction…for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his richness on all who call on him” (Romans 10: 12). What an amazing experience to worship and labor together as brothers and sisters in Christ! What a glorious glimpse of heaven! 🙂
When I started this trip I had no idea what to expect. As I end this trip I cannot describe how I feel. The Filipino people of Cebu and Bohol were kind, endearing, and warm. We faced various conditions, some days inside and some partially outside (covered by a roof). The people were very grateful for the care, some where even brought to tears when the doctors prayed for them. The children played with each other in the grass and with each other, some of the poorest children had a game of volley ball & basketball going (not one ever with an electronic). One day as they were playing, Jessy asked to take a few girls pictures, when she showed it to them they just giggled and screamed with joy. Many don’t have functioning toilets or stoves or refrigerators (amongst other things), but they are content and grateful for us coming. I think this trip affected everyone in some way or another. I personally am grateful for such an opportunity, to meet these kind kind people.
Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am in to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
I thought that when we left Cebu, that I would leave behind the name “Justin Beiber,” as I became known by in the Cebu city Church. By the end of today, many of the translators and people of the Bohol Church were calling me Justin Beiber. These islands love their Justin Beiber. It sure made for some good laughs.
Today, was our final day of clinics. The grand finale was located on the island of Panglao which is right off of Bohol. We enjoyed breakfast as a team prior to heading out for our final opportunity to serve the Boholano. Boholano are the Filipino people who live on the Island of Bohol. Pastor Pete from the Sovereign Grace Church of Bohol was able to score a covered gymnasium for us to work in. It was by far the largest area we have been able to work in. Having more room was nice for the extra tests and procedures we did without having to shuffle through crowds of people. We also had some extra helpers from the local health care center. They assisted by translating for us during triage, detail assessments by the providers, in pharmacy and during our procedures. The translators were a huge help. The great thing was, not all of the translators were Christians, which gave us a few more people to share the good news of Christ with. It was great asking the translators if they knew why we were there and to tell them that the reason that we are here serving is because Christ first served us and changed our hearts.
In the beginning of the week Pastor Lynn reminded us that “unless the Lord builds the house, we labor in vain.” There were times when things became busy during the clinics and it did not seem that I was doing much for the souls of people. But then moments came when I was able to look over and see a Pastor speaking with one of the people who came for medical care but was also receiving the salve for their soul. Many times I was encouraged to see Katie, Craig, and Amie praying for these people. I was reminded that we are not laboring in vain. Christ alone can give these people new hearts. Our efforts to extend mercy, and speak good news to these people are done in faith and in hope. May the Lord put His Spirit in these people and give them new hearts!
Lastly, I am grateful for our time to serve. I am grateful for our Church families sending us. I am grateful for our Pastors equipping us. I am grateful for the providentially planned team sent to serve. I am grateful for our leaders Lynn, Larry, and Craig caring, serving and leading us. Grateful for the gospel that unites these churches and sends us out to make new ones.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. We don’t deserve to be here. We are here because of Christ’s work in us and His work in you.
Justin “Beiber” Flynn
Today we had an exciting day! It was our 4th medical camp and we went to the neighboring island of Panglau where we treated the seafaring tribal group called the Bajau (sea gypsies).
Dr. Ammie invited other local doctors to help us so we were able to treat over 500 people! It was a tremendous blessing. At one point we had about 7 pediatricians. Wow!
We handed out lots of toys and candy and balloons. Afterwards, we visited the Bajau village on the water. We had to balance ourselves carefully on narrow planks and walk through a maze over the water to get to the church. It was absolutely amazing and almost indescribable! Definitely a highlight moment of the trip! Check out the pictures.
Yesterday was a travel day, we rode the ferry for two hours to arrive in Bohol. Once again as in Cebu we were welcomed with the utmost kindness. Today was the first medical clinic here, today was heart breaking to witness as there are so many with so little. Craig is going to post tonight, and later I will post pictures from today. Please pray for these people.