Forty-three volunteers from the United States, Canada, and Spain participated in the July 11-18 medical missionary trip to the Dominican Republic. The medical personnel included pastors and people of all ages. Twelve other medical personnel from the Dominican Republic joined the team. The specialties included general medicine, OB/GYN, psychiatry, naturopathy, ophthalmology, dentistry, nursing, technicians, and pharmacology. The team provided care for about 2,000 patients. The Adventist Community Services team also distributed clothing to all those in need. The services were completely free of charge.
In the evening, the pastors preached for evangelistic meetings held in seven churches. With the help of the Dominican Union and two associations, volunteers distributed bags of food in the churches.
On Sabbath afternoon, church members, along with conference and union administrators and the medical team, gathered together in a large church for a baptismal service. They baptized 40 people and 18 others were accepted by profession of faith.
Those served expressed their appreciation and referred to the medical-missionary team as angels sent from heaven to satisfy their needs. The Atlantic Union Conference Haitian Ministries and the North American Division Haitian Advisory sponsored the trip. All glory goes to God for providing the inspiration, the protection for the medical missionary team, and for the financial support of the Atlantic Union Conference administration.