Oscar Max still remembers the short-term team visiting his home that day. He was alone with his sons when a group of foreigners and Impact staff showed up. The Canadians visited with him and his boys. They spoke words of encouragement and asked if they could pray for Oscar. “One day I will accept the Lord,” Oscar thought as they prayed.
But then the team’s driver spoke up: “Brother,” he said, “the Lord is telling me in my heart that today is the day you will accept the Lord, because the coming of the Lord is near.” Tears rolled down Oscar’s cheeks as he prepared to open his heart to God. When Oscar’s wife arrived home, she was greeted by five excited boys running out to tell her that Daddy had accepted Jesus!
This is the power of short-term missions done in conjunction with local ministry. Oscar’s wife had been praying for her husband, the children had been praying for their father, indeed the whole church had been praying for Oscar. The short-term team, alongside Impact leadership, had a chance to visit with Oscar thanks to the Vida Schools and the sponsorship program. And the words of encouragement the team members spoke provided the opportunity for a local Brother to speak exactly the words Oscar needed to hear. Together, they were used by God to touch Oscar’s life.If you ask Oscar whether Mission Teams are important, he’ll say “Yes, yes, yes!” Because, as he says, “if it wasn’t for them, for the help of the Lord and them too . . . my life would have continued in the same way it was.” Instead, the day he accepted the Lord, his life and his future began to change. He became a godly example to his sons, who have grown up to be godly examples themselves. And the impact of that visit continues to echo through eternity.
Are you interested in having an eternal impact through a short-term mission experience? Check out www.impactminusa.org/teams for opportunities to lead or join a team.
(Oscar’s story was first shared in our Fall newsletter, along with lots more exciting information about our short-term mission teams. If you didn’t get a copy, make sure to update your info with your current mailing address so that you don’t miss anything else!)
Impact Ministries Medical Clinic provides access to medical care that would not otherwise be possible, each day lives are changed by the care provided there.
Meet Isaias and Ericka. They are the nurses that keep the medical clinic running.
They work year-round and are busy! When they are not hosting medical teams they treat injuries and common illnesses, provide healthy living instruction and so much more.
When teams arrive though, they move into high gear!! Much planning goes into hosting medical teams. Supplies need to be stocked, schedules need to be planned, students and staff need to be assessed to determine who will visit the medical team. Sometimes Isaias and Erika even set up a clinic in a remote location which means that supplies and equipment must be transported and computers need to be set up. Once the teams are gone they make sure that follow up care is provided to patients.
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