Blacksburg Ablaze partners with Total Health each year to offer medical services, along with the Gospel, to people in various Central American countries.
A team of 14 people from 10 churches (plus 4 local churches) banded together to serve the least of these on the streets of San José, Costa Rica on a one week medical mission. We served the older sex workers and homeless as well as a good number of Nicaraguan Refugees. We were blown away by what God did amongst us that week. We saw 284 patients and 123 of them prayed to ask Jesus to pay for their sins so they could be “given the right to be called a child of God.” Yes, that percentage is correct – 43%. Typically we see 10%, last November we say 27.5% pray. So 43% is hard to explain. We did add one piece to our system - Daya and Ana doing PTSD assessments which seemed to make the patients way more open from the start. But the Luke 10:9 system works – “Heal the sick and tell them the Kingdom of God is near.”
A team of 9 people from 7 different churches banded together to partner with our church in San José, Costa Rica on a one week medical mission. We served on Calle Ocho, with the most desperate sex workers and homeless in the country. In the darkest of sites, the Lord shone brightly in our efforts. Our doctors saw 206 patients and 27 people put their eternal trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior. Luke 10:9 says to “heal the sick and tell them the kingdom of God is near.” That is exactly what we did, even more than previous years; the impact was dramatic on all of us.