Juan Alberto Newsletter July 2000

THE RIVAS REVIEW


GRACE - God's Riches At Christ's Expense

This is one way I learned how to remember grace and its meaning when I was younger. This year I was in a Bible study that focused on grace and what grace involves using Philip Yancey's book What's So Amazing About Grace? Wow!! I learned so much about grace. Not just God's grace but how we as Christians need to extend God's grace to others.

We have been able to see God's grace extended to others through work done in medical clinics, door to door evangelism, and through the work in the local churches. We have talked about the medical clinics in previous newsletters but have never explained how one works. Later in the newsletter we have included what each day in a typical clinic includes.

Alberto has been involved in the following clinics in the past four months:

Alberto has been spending some of his time working at the camp with groups that have been coming down. They have been making bunk beds for the rooms above the clinic and constructing three shelters for small group meetings. This is badly needed. I have been in small groups at camp where we have moved our chairs three different times during the hour session so that we could be in the shade. Alberto helps a lot with the transportation for these work groups. He has also been helping with church construction in Yaguita de Pastor, as well as preaching some on weekends.

I have now completed my school year at Santiago Christian School. Next year I will be teaching kindergarten instead of first grade and also overseeing the preschool and kindergarten programs of the school. Hopefully, I will be able to complete all (or at least most) of my work during school hours and be free for my family and ministry in the evenings. Abigail and Lynette when Lynette just turned one in March

Another new avenue of ministry has opened up for me this year as well. Rick and Suzanne York will be gone on furlough for a year so I will be taking over their responsibility of providing Sunday School papers for the churches to use. This will entail making approximately 1,000 copies a month. I will have to plan ahead on this since we never know when we will have electricity.

By the time you receive this letter, Abigail and I should be in Iowa. We are flying back to spend some time with my family there (while we both can still fly with just one ticket). We will be doing some traveling while there, but hope to spend most of our time in Dike. If you want to contact me, call me at 319-989-2556. I would love to hear from you!

Once again, we want to say thank you for helping us continue in ministering to the people of the Dominican Republic. Please continue to pray for us and our work!


MEDICAL CLINIC OUTREACH

One of Alberto's major goals in the D.R. is helping to reach people for Christ through the dental and medical clinics run by Gary Klein. The following schedule gives you an idea of what happens at each clinic.

First Day:

People preparing for baptisms following a clinic The majority of this day is spent in preparation for the clinic. All the supplies need to be loaded into the ambulance or the truck to be transported to the clinic site. They have medicine, tents, cots, sleeping bags, sound system, VCR, TV, etc. They arrive at the clinic site around 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. Preparing the VCR projector to show a movie on a sheet on the wall is the first order of business. They also set up the generator, sound system, and, if the clinic is not in a church, they set up a canopy to protect people and equipment from the rain or sun. Once everything is ready to go (around 7:00 or 8:00 p.m.), they show the two hour long "Jesus" movie. After the showing, they have an invitation for those who want to accept Christ as their Savior. After the movie, they pack everything up and store it in a safe place. Then they set up tents to sleep in for the night.

Second Day:

People listen to preaching while waiting to see the doctor. Day 2 starts around 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. Everybody has their job to do in getting ready for the clinic. Some set up a tent (if it is not in a church) to see patients on one side of the ambulance and a canopy on the other side for the preaching while people wait. Some set up the medicine and equipment inside the tent for patients. The TV, VCR, sound system, and generator all have to be hooked up again for the clinic. When everything is ready, the clinic team takes time out to eat breakfast. After breakfast, the team gets together and prays for hearts to be open. Now they are ready for the clinic to begin. Alberto has various jobs that he does depending on the help available. He keeps the list of people's names who are waiting, preaches, and walks people to the tent to see the doctors or nurses.

At about 2:00 p.m., they take a break to eat lunch. After eating, they see more patients. They finish seeing people between 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., depending on the number of patients. All the medicine that is left needs to be packed up and put away. They then take time out to eat supper. After supper, they hold a church service with singing, preaching, and an invitation to follow Christ.

Third Day:

Breakfast is at 8:00 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., the team gets ready with New Testaments to go door to door, evangelizing in the area where the clinic was held. They pray as a group then divide up into groups of 2-3. They spend the rest of the morning going door to door telling people about Christ and the plan of salvation.

After lunch, they have baptisms for the people who have accepted Christ as their Savior. Sometimes this involves taking the people and traveling to a river to baptize them or sometimes the church has a baptistry.

Now it is time to load up and head home. They head back to Gary Klein's home and unload everything so that they can start packing medicine in preparation for the next clinic.

They often see up to 400 people in one day in a clinic. All the medicine is given free of charge. It has either been donated to CDMM (Christian Dominican Medical Mission) or been purchased with their funds.


MAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Alberto and Lynette have a special address for packages. Packages can be sent to their attention at


SCS-DR
c/o MFI
Hanger 11
PBIA
West Palm Beach, FL 33406


Remember to also enclose a check to Santiago Christian School for 75 cents per pound to cover shipping costs to the DR.


Make all checks payable to:
Cedar Falls Church of Christ
2727 West Fourth Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50613



ABIGAIL'S ANTICS

Abigail is 1 year old, walking, and into everything. She is also very social. She loves to be around people. She is usually well-behaved when she is in groups because she likes attention. She is in her element. I can just hear her teachers now. Abigail likes to talk in class instead of doing her work and listening.


Check out our website at: http://www.dfamily.com/fccmissions/dr/cdem.html


PRAYER CORNER

Praises:

Prayer Requests:


CLOSING

We appreciate your support and prayers as we continue to get settled and set up our ministry here according to God's will.

We can also be reached by writing

CDEM
715 14th Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904
507.289.1086
valarie_peterson@yahoo.com


Our address in the Dominican will be

Juan Alberto and Lynette Rivas

SCS-DR, PO Box 24770
West Palm Beach, FL 33416
809.581.8016
juanrivas@codetel.net.do

Make all checks payable to:
Cedar Falls Church of Christ
2727 West Fourth Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50613


God bless you.
Sincerely,

Alberto, Lynette, and Abigail Rivas

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