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What Lengths Does God Go? 

Written by: Brent Dodd, pilot with UIM Aviation
 
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

It never ceases to amaze me the different ways, and the different methods, God uses to draw people to Himself, so they can hear His glorious Gospel.  In recent years, Hospital Misión Tarahumara has put on two eye clinic outreaches a year to provide cataract removal surgery for the indigenous people of Mexico.  UIM Aviation provides flight service for the hospital, which means that during the eye clinic outreaches, the aircraft provides transportation for the eye patients to and from the hospital.  Typically, the hospital targets one geographical area in Mexico.  This last clinic outreach, a team from Samaritan’s Purse came down from the States and performed the cataract surgeries.  This time, three geographical areas were targeted. 
 

To meet the eye clinic needs, the Cessna turbo 206 was flown 40 plus hours, transporting 114 people (patients and their guardians) to and from the hospital. 84 surgeries were performed.  Over the time period of about a week and a half, these patients, and their guardians, were cared for and shown Christ’s love by the hospital staff and surgical team.  During their stay at the hospital, Pastor Jacob (a Mexican pastor who serves with the hospital) was able to connect with many of them (not all of the patients could speak Spanish).  God even uses the need for cataract surgery to bring people to a place where they can have the opportunity to hear about Jesus and what He has done for them.    
 

God uses the airplane to transport patients, to not only bring them physical healing, but also to allow them to be the recipients of His love, in action.  God is the One who ultimately brings both physical healing AND spiritual healing, but He uses people to be the conduits of His love and the instruments of His peace.
 
Eye sight is something we often take for granted, until we start to lose it.  As a pilot, I observe the patients being led to the airplane, and when they are brought back to the airplane to be flown home, there is typically a stark difference.  So often, they are full of gratitude for the gift of sight they have received.  Many of them realize the surgery they just had will change their whole life, as they will be able to do so much more with renewed eyesight. 
 


I am grateful the Lord has allowed me and my family to play a small part in this plan of His to reach the world with the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Thanks for the part YOU play in His plan.  We are a body, and we all need one another to effectively carry out His plan. 
 
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