Dear Faithful Friends & Supporters,
"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit... He (Jehovah-Raphe) heals the sorrowing and binds up their wounds."
"Entrust" — > v. to give over (something) to another, for care, protection, performance; to commit a responsibility to another with confidence.
In 2016 Face the Challenge entrusted funds to other like-minded servants, including:
Dr. Joshua Zhong and Lily Zhong, JD, $10,000.00 in August 2016
For: Special Needs Children, including with facial differences, awaiting adoption
The Zhongs offer healing, hope, and housing to abandoned children. They faithfully maximize the impact of FTC's contributions, directing them exactly where requested. The Zhongs support adoptive families to ensure the well-being of all.
$3,000.00 in March 2016
(Leaders' names are withheld.) Their motto is: "Love each other. Unite and work for freedom, justice, and peace. Forgive and do not hate. Pray with faith, act with courage, ..."
FTO has served for years in Burma (Myanmar). Their Jungle School of Medicine has an ethnic leadership team trained to run the medical clinic, care for patients, teach medics, and perform surgeries. They have sent out 70+ medical relief teams. Their base camp relies on horses/mules, generators, medical equipment, and fishponds to function. In 2016 an ethnic medical team went to Kurdistan to help develop similar relief work for oppressed, wounded, and ill families there as well.
Faithful friends (names withheld) serving in this area for several years, $10,000.00 in October 2016
They have continual encounters with Syrians, especially women and children, who have "lost it all" in the Syrian War. They have offered food, cots, blankets, and medical aid to these refugees in nearby camps. Many of the sick are being healed, for example, children with severe ear infections, and their hope is restored. They have found that, "God is near the humble and broken-hearted."
$10,000.00 in November 2015 and $10,000.00 in October 2016
We provided funds for this medical trip on January 2-9, 2016. Dr. Daniel Munzing, Team Leader and Family Practice Medicine Physician, from Whitefish, MT, will return with another team of 25-30 volunteers. This time the mission will be on March 11-18, 2017. They plan to offer primary medical care, dental care, and prescription glasses to 1,200-1,500 patients, as they did in 2016. They will serve in Antigua, Parramos, Esquentla, and Ciudad Vieja. They will be busy! Please pray for all.
In March 2016 we were asked by Steve and Jenny Vrooman if we would be willing to help a precious orphan abandoned at birth: "Dimash," born March 31, 2015. In May we sought permission for a medical visa from Kazakh authorities. In July a letter of approval arrived! We arranged for Dimash to travel with his Lighthouse Orphanage Director, Alexander "Sasha" Metso, and one of his caregivers, Bolat Kulmamirov. FTC paid for round-trip flights for this trio. They arrived in Denver on September 12 and were graciously hosted by the Vrooman family.
Dimash had his surgery on September 20, 2016. It included a cleft palate closure and placement of two ear tubes. Dr. Randy Robinson did these procedures free of charge at his private surgery clinic in Lone Tree, CO. Dr. Ron Wagner, MD, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, administered the anesthesia. Gabriela Stoeger-Stevens, MSN, RN and Katy Page, RN, a.k.a. Dimash's "American Aunties," provided his post-anesthesia care. Thankfully, there were no complications for Dimash.
Dimash had hearing loss due to his chronic ear infections; a fairly common occurrence among young children with cleft palates. But with the tubes in place, the infection drained, and his hearing improved! This event happened at an important time of Dimash's speech development and should enhance his learning and social skills.
Sasha helped with English translations from Russian and Kazakh. Bolat remained at Dimash's side. All returned safely to the Light House Orphanage by October 17.
We thank God for this immense privilege and for all who were part of "Team Dimash." We pray Dimash's life and the lives of those with whom he comes in contact will be brightened with the hope and light of God.
We continue to provide funds to meet various needs. They have covered:
A faithful steward accounts for every penny. And the efforts are providing immense comfort and renewed hope.
Trip #36 to Saigon was on January 15-23, 2016. We attended the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Odonto-Maxillofacial Hospital (OMFH). Dr. Robinson presented a lecture at this event on "Management of Complications of Facial Surgery." We donated titanium reconstructive bone plates and screws useful for up to 25 surgeries, plus two new surgical textbooks for the OMFH and National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology (NHOS). Return trips #37 and #38 to continue mentoring about facial surgery, both in the conference room and operating room, likely will be in mid-April 2017 and again in early September 2017. Details to follow.
"Our LORD is great, with limitless strength. We will never comprehend what He knows and does. [But] God puts the fallen on their feet again."
We are thankful for each of you and for your support! May God pour out His favor on you in 2017.
In Him, Our Health and Hope,
Randy and Ginger, along with our Boards and Teams
Ginger H. Robinson, BSN, RN, Cardiac//Critical Care, President
Randolph C. Robinson, MD, DDS, Oral, Maxillofacial, and Craniofacial Surgeon, Co-Founder
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