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November 2018 Newsletter
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A new squatter's village began about 1.5 years ago just across the small canal from the Garcia's house. It started small, but every time we go down, it seems to double in size. As you can see, these are very poor people. Their most immediate need is jackets and blankets to keep warm. Please consider donating these items or money to purchase these items (Donate HERE). Contact Cory Vessa for more information.

Thanksgiving Trip Update

After a year and a half, our medical clinics begin again 

After not being able to do a medical clinic for a year and a half, we finally were able to have one again...this time at Regents School of Reynosa - a couple blocks from Big Heart Orphanage where we stay. The more secure location, with reduced travel in between the orphanage and the clinic location, minimized the dangers, given the security situation is only slightly improved. We thank you so much for all your prayers that truly enabled this trip to be a success. We are so grateful for the 4 trip participants and 15+ volunteers from Reynosa that came to be God's hands and feet. In our medical/dental clinic we saw about 100 patients. We also did a well check clinic that screened about 130 students from Regents School of Reynosa. Read below about all that God did and pray about coming on a future trip below. Visit www.therohifoundation.org for more details.

Medical Clinic
This was our seventh medical clinic, but first at Regents School of Reynosa. With the help of Dr. Sergio, Dr. Julio Perez, and Terri Dymeck, NP we saw about 100 patients and were able to give each one the medication needed. But the true beauty of the medical clinic was the teamwork. Each person on the team had a designated role and fulfilled it with a spirit of humility and love. Whether it was Martha Mendoza and Griselda Parra Reyes managing the intake and check in, or Martha Elvy, Lana Morris, and Sarah Mendoza doing vitals, or Ximena Esquivel dispensing medications, or Eric Hermosillo, Mundo Cruz Vazquez, Teresa Rodriguez, and
Keissy Palacios translating...or the team lead, Cory Vessa, just making sure everyone had what they needed... every member of the team was needed and valuable. 

Dentistry Clinic
Dental care  is a serious and continual need. We are so grateful for Dr. Carlos Javier Gonzalez Delgado who  joined us for the first time on Saturday and was able to treat 11 patients. Our normal dentist,
Anais Olivares Vela, could not make it because her son was injured. But we are hopeful that for our next clinic, Dr. Vela can serve on Friday and Dr. Delgado on Saturday, meaning we will have coverage both days which is a HUGE answer to prayer!

Well Check Clinic
This is our first time having a well check clinic at Regents School of Reynosa. We collected basic vitals (weight, height, pulse, blood pressure, oxygen saturation) and gave vision screenings to 129 children in elementary and middle school. Those needing additional assistance were referred to our doctors. Special thanks to our well-check team (which pretty much every participated in at some point), which was primarily Cole Bowling, Mauro Esquivel, Valeria Esquivel, Eric Hermosillo and Julio Manuel. Another group did a well check last Spring, and Regent's goal is one every six months. They hope to continue these semi-annual evaluations over multiple years, to compile a longitudinal study which will provide additional information on the overall health of the children at the school. There is a possibility we will have our Spring clinic at Regents. We will just have to see what the situation is on the canal, which is obviously our preference since it is closer to the community. 

La Union School Visit
Every time we go to Reynosa, we try to meet with the teachers at the La Union Schools (primary and high school). We want to encourage them because we know theirs is a tough job. The last time we were there, we got a list of needed supplies from the high school. On that list was a water cooler/dispenser, a television to display multimedia content, hand and dish soap, and various other supplies. We did our best to ascertain those items for the best price possible (some were donated). We also distributed the calculators Cory had purchased earlier this year for 90% on clearance at HEB. On this trip, we visited with them again, got another list of needed supplies (see list HERE), and also discussed how the Garcias can continue to partner with them. The Garcias are beginning a lunch series for the graduating students on career and post-secondary education options. Many students who graduate don't have firm plans for next steps. We want to help them in this process to prepare them for success post-graduation.

Lastly, we were glad to see that the temporary bathrooms are complete and functional (see picture above). This temporary outhouse is specifically for the high school because previously the high school and primary had to use the same restrooms and this was not acceptable to the parents, as you can imagine. Long-term, we will build permanent restrooms.

As always, please keep these teachers and students in your prayers. There is daily threat of violence and their conditions are less than ideal.

Will You Consider Coming to Reynosa to Serve?
It was a tremendous trip, full of God’s provision and blessings. The modifications we made (having the clinic at Regents instead of on the canal), made the security concerns more manageable. Reynosa is still dangerous (pray for that), but without missionary teams, the need has only increased. We will have another clinic this Spring (maybe at Regents, hopefully on the canal). Please prayerfully consider if God is calling you to come.  Contact Cory Vessa for more information.

Prayer Requests and Praises


Security Update

While the security situation isn't nearly as bad as this past May and June, it is still not good. Continue to keep the safety of Garcias and everyone in the colonias in your prayers.
 

Tutoring Update

We now have 15 students in our afterschool tutoring classes, ranging in age from 9-12. David and Andrea Garcia are doing all they can to make the classes fun, enjoyable and effective! Please pray that more families join and that those who are in the classes and decide to join are committed and dedicated. And, as always, pray that David and Andrea can show God's love and encourage the children and famliies to know Him.
 

Building Update

The railroad company is continuing to place roadblocks in front of us as we try to build the new classroom and security wall. We have decided the best course of action is to obtain the drawings from the local government which specifically detail what land is ours for use and what land is theirs. We are hoping we can obtain these documents in the coming weeks. Pray to that end. Scott and Cory plan to take another trip to Reynosa in January to hopefully propel into action our building. Please pray that God opens doors to make our vision of increased security and a school expansion at La Union a reality.
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