On April 17, Siloe Minstries met up with Prescribing Hope in Jacume for a day of medical outreach. It’s been almost 2 years since we first drove the nearly 3 hour drive to this small town about an hour east of Tecate to partner in providing medical care for the community–we’ve made the trip nearly 10 times since. We have developed a great relationship with the patients as well as the group of volunteers that drives down from Southern California.
This past weekend was a first for us, as we were joined by members of four different ministries to bring a Palm Sunday celebration to Jacume! We brought the Siloé medical team and saw a record number of patients, while the newcomers set up a church service and BBQ in the dirt field outside the community center.
Heidi, Daniel and Robin from Open Arms Childcare Ministries, drove a truck loaded with music equipment and we stopped in Rosarito to pick up Karina, who volunteers with the Tijuana Breakfast Club and in Tecate to pick up Adrian (Daniel’s brother). The rest of us, including Siloe’s nurse Miriam, Sarah, and newlyweds Renae and Ernesto (from Door of Faith Orphanage) piled into Chad and Erin’s (of La Mision Ministries) jeep and we set off!
As the musicians set up, the others canvassed the community to invite people to the service. With Chad, Erin, Ernesto and Adrian leading (and Karina holding up two speakers in the wind!) Spanish praise songs filled the air and people from the town congregated to join in. Daniel (who attends Bible college in Tijuana) then preached a salvation message reminding everyone about the real meaning of Easter. We celebrated with the two women who chose to receive Christ afterward!
Since no celebration is complete without food, we blessed the community with a lunch of chips, hot dogs, juice and candy-filled Easter eggs for the kids–thanks to La Mision Ministries’ generous sponsorship! Renae painted faces, Ernesto grilled the dogs, Robin, Erin and Heidi filled plates. In addition, we passed out bags of beans and rice for each family and gave out bibles to anyone who wanted one.
As I examined patients, while my brothers and sisters in Christ served the people of Jacume, the words of Paul from Corinthians 12 came to mind:
12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
It was wonderful to come together as the body of Christ, American, Mexican, and Argentinian, from different backgrounds and from different ministries, but all with the same mindset and goal, united serving our Lord.
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