I trust all is well with you and your families. As we are charging through this new year, things are moving at a very rapid, but wonderful pace here in El Salvador!!! Once again, I find myself trying to be even more organized than usual and keep up!!! Let me bring you up to date on a few things.
Our Crisis Center continues to be a blessings to many. We now have a pediatrician and general doctor every Tuesday and Thursday. The gynecologist moved her day to Wednesday, so we are greatly able to expand our medical care. There are people coming and going all the time through the doors of the Center and they are blessed and we are blessed to serve them. They receive free medicines, counseling, and prayer!!! It is a healing place in so many ways!!! As for the dental chair, we did have a team come in January and they were able to give free dental treatments, even though we still lack one piece of something to make it all work properly. (A wonderful dentist here in El Sal donated the chair and is taking care of setting it up. But sometimes, parts are very difficult to get. We are blessing him for even trying, knowing that it WILL happen soon!!!!) But the team was able to bless many and there were smiles all around. It greatly boosted my anticipation of what a blessing the dental portion of our Center will be when it is fully operational. And at the Center, we of course, still offer the 4 Bible studies every week, and our little store helps us bless others and raise funds for us to purchase medicines. (Pray for our little store. We are in desperate need of clothing/toy donations!!!)
Our HIV+ Kids Connection breakfast is also expanding. We now are able to offer a free hot breakfast every day of the week, except Thursday!!! God is so faithful to continue to bless this ministry. But, we are always looking for ways to extend His hand even more. I recently learned that when a child is in the hospital here in El Sal, a parent or family member is required to stay with them at all times. So the families are very often poor and have nothing to begin with, and if they happen to be working, they have to stop working to stay in the hospital. I met one mother whose child is waiting for a kidney transplant. She has been in the hospital for 2 YEARS!!!! This mother has been there every day, also for 2 years!!!! She is a single mom, cannot work, so therefore has no income...and in turn, eats very little. This all just about broke my heart the day I was in the Children's Hospital Bloom. It is such a sad place anyway....so I had to take action. We picked the kidney floor of the hospital and now every mother on that