The DART program is committed to meeting the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease, and natural disaster. They (and now “we”) stand ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. The DART specializes in providing water, food, shelter, and medical care while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. The DART is composed of a roster of on-call professionals trained to respond within a complex international environment to save lives and reduce suffering in the name of Jesus Christ. DART members work in the midst of devastation and tragedy. They need flexible people who can overcome daunting logistical challenges to bring help to those who need it most. Every DART needs resourceful and competent professionals experienced in providing international assistance, program management, administration, logistics, finances, water & sanitation, communications, and medical care.
They have responded to 112 disasters since 2008 – sometimes it is just a small team and twice now it has been an entire emergency hospital such as the one that is presently in Mosul, Iraq. With the defeat of Isis in that area, they are winding that effort down and will close it by the end of September. They presently have a complete hospital in the warehouse ready to go and another under assembly.
You can find out more about the DART ministry at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/dart/. As a member of the DART team, you are a temporary employee of SP and they take care of the expenses, logistics and pay a small salary – and in exchange, you work hard hours under grueling conditions to make a difference in this world in Christ’s name. Please pray for this effort – and consider applying to take the training.
I sure wish I still had access to his medical records and the pathology reports because I still don’t remember the case. But it is always good to be in contact with someone who is glad to hear from you! He told me that while he doesn’t normally do this sort of job, he had called our mutual contractor friend and asked if I had been a surgeon in Fayetteville. When our friend confirmed that, he called me back. Micky is pleased with the repaired ceiling and so am I (bringing to mind the old saying that “happy wife, happy life”).
Sean spent four days with Bruce’s sister, Sally, and her husband, Tim, in Wake Forest, north of Raleigh. He had a great time – a zip line park, museums, small airplane flights around Raleigh, and other things. They made a great effort to spoil him. His other highlight of the month was obtaining his Level II driver’s license. On the very first day that he was eligible, he took his driving test and now is able to drive without supervision during the day under certain conditions. On his first day of eleventh grade, he drove to school and felt himself quite the special young man. Fun to see one’s children go through the rites of passage. This year, he is taking two courses at the local Community College that count for both high-school and college credit – his first class there was Monday, August 27.
Micky helped Ryan and his wife, Chrissy, at a big wedding show at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh on August 12. Ryan is a photographer and Chrissy is an event planner. They had never done such a show and were very busy the first day. Micky’s help was much appreciated and the leads they received were promising.
Outpatient surgery on my eyelids has slowed me down considerably this month and another outpatient procedure is scheduled for the end of the month which may result in more serious surgery, depending on what is found. This has interfered with my schedule and travel plans. There is an upside, however. Staying around the house has allowed me to work on some woodworking projects and check off some of the “honey-do” items. I have assembled a grandfather’s clock made of cherry (still have to finish it), made a three-in-one rocking stool for our grandson, refinished the kitchen table, almost finished some wooden suitcase racks, re-upholstered a hope chest and so on. I have enjoyed getting some of those things done – and so has Micky!
Prayer Requested: Please pray for us for simultaneous meetings September 6 – 8. I will attend and facilitate some small groups at the CMDA/Medsend 2017 Healthcare Missions Leadership Summit at the SIM (Serving in Missions) mission agency headquarters in Charlotte, NC. During the same time frame, Micky is driving to Bristol, Tennessee to attend some orientation meetings for the new PAACS financial controller.
Yours, serving the King and His kingdom!