Greetings from Toba Tek Singh Northern Pakistan. After a 40-hour journey; I am finally here to assist our Pakistani DOM team. My team was waiting for me in Lahore, Pakistan to bring me to Toba Tek Singh (5 – 6 hours further). As I write now; I can hear the noise of the speakers from several Mosque towers around the “Christian Ghetto.”
In Bolivia, we started with a “rescue plan” in the Bolivian Andes. The Communist Bolivian government wants to seize our medical mission base for its value, therefore we are in a process to sending orphans from the inland to our Andean medical base. They would automatically form a peaceful resistance against the attempts of the government while our own medical and evangelistic expeditions will continue. There is a lot of “paper work” involved in this but it looks like we finally are on the winning side after years of boycotts since extreme socialism in Bolivia prevailed.
In October Haitian team and I worked to get official papers and visas in order. We hope to offer surgery to some Haitian children (cr. Pictures) who are badly affected with severe bilateral cleft lip palates. This is a particularly severe form of cleft palate that almost completely distorts the face.
And so the work goes on … Recently, Pastor Rajender–a friend from India who has been pleading with us for 2 years to establish Doctors on Mission India–wrote me the following message: “My cousin, a young evangelist, Ashish is his name, was working in the remote mountain villages in Kumavn, India. He is a hard working ‘tent maker.’ He was always with me on expedition. This morning I suddenly received a phone call telling me that Ashish was thrown into a ravine and killed by a group of ‘enemies of the Gospel.’” Pastor Rajender asks prayers for Ashish’s wife and his five children that he leaves behind. In Nepal, another friend, pastor Rasili, working among the hill tribes is pleading for the same. They pray unceasingly that Doctors on Mission becomes a reality there as well. It really touched my heart that these poor people sent 50 Euro to DM – Belgium to help pay for my flight. They saw it as the alms of the poor widow before the eyes of Jesus. Unfortunately … we cannot do everything. Only the future will tell … Through Facebook and Twitter, cries come from Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Philippines, Albania, Egypt, and many African countries to help out the minority Christian groups who are oftentimes persecuted. Probably most have seen on CNN how recently a group of Coptic Christians have been killed in Egypt. A problem in many countries is that we do not have the necessary young idealistic Christian doctors or nurses. Only God knows how and when DM can further develop… Your continued support in Word and Deed can help us to grow and save the lives of many of our own brothers and sisters.