Recently, we treated a woman at HOPE Clinic with an interesting set of circumstances. Within the past year she had been diagnosed with cancer, undergone surgery, and was in the process of receiving chemotherapy when her oncologist stopped her treatments.
Chronic infection from her decayed teeth was causing some issues with her chemo. Her cancer doctor said she could not go on with treatments until the source of the infections was resolved.
Her story of how she came to HOPE Clinic is a story that was written by God’s hand…
As many can attest, it is difficult to get an appointment for the eligibility interview.
She was able to get an interview the first time she called.
Normally, it takes more than a week before an initial appointment is given after a patient qualifies.
She qualified on a Tuesday, and we had an appointment available for Friday of the same week.
The first visit is an x-ray and exam; we need to know what a patient needs in order to allow time for treatment.
This particular day, we had extra time.
She was able to get several extractions done, and will be able to resume chemotherapy treatment for her cancer.
We know God is present; it is so encouraging to see His hand so clearly!
Sometimes – a lot of times – we, the ones who are supposed to be ministering to our patients, are the ones who are blessed. That happened at the clinic this week.
A young woman came in for her first dental appointment. I had seen her previously at the eligibility interview required for those who want to become patients at HOPE Clinic, and she stood out for many reasons. She was radiant, emitting a peaceful aura, and physically very beautiful despite the scars on her face and her missing right arm. Yet she said nothing about her appearance and did not note anything of significance on her health history.
While I was taking her initial x-ray and her vital signs, I asked her to tell me about the accident.
At one point in her life, this young woman had been held captive by sin. She was making bad choices, and was addicted to prescription drugs. One day, after drinking a few mixed drinks, she was driving 110 mph down I-45 and crashed her car. She wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was thrown for many yards from her vehicle. The burns on her body came from sliding down the pavement.
She said that immediately after the accident, she sat up – and her arm fell off. She looked up to the sky, and knew that she needed Christ in her life.
She suffered many injuries; every rib broken, vertebrae in her back and neck broken, collapsed lungs, burns, amputated arm. Doctors were not sure she would live, much less walk. After being in a coma and hospitalized for many months, she served a prison term. The last two years of her term were spent on the “Faith unit” because she turned her life completely over to the Lord.
I listened to her story, and a verse from scripture came to my mind. Job 5:17-18 says “But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin. For though he wounds, he also bandages. He strikes, but his hands also heal.”
She had been corrected by God, but did not despise her discipline. She was wounded, but healed by His hands. And she freely acknowledges that she would not be where she is today without His love.
She had to almost lose her life before she found eternal life. What a testimony this young woman has – and as she repeated her story for the other volunteers, we were all blessed and moved.
Please email us if you’d like to be part of the ministry of HOPE Clinic, or if you’d like to know more about finding the ever-lasting peace this patient experiences.
This was R. when she first came to HOPE…
and this is R. after treatment…
It was such a blessing to be able to see her joy and share in her happiness, and we are so thankful that the Lord has provided the means for HOPE to help patients such as R.
Our second annual fund-raiser is coming soon! Scoops for Smiles will be held Saturday, August 13 from 2 to 4 PM at the Alvin Senior Center.
If you’ve been wondering how you can help HOPE Clinic, this is it! We are accepting new items for our silent and live auction. Contact Jody at 281-331-3288.
Mark your calendars for an afternoon of fun and ice cream!
There aren’t many tangible benefits to volunteering. By definition a volunteer means “without pay.” So why do people do it? Why do people take time out of their lives to come to the clinic and volunteer on a consistent basis?
I have recently seen a glimpse of the answer. It’s because we are a family.
One of our volunteers (I’ll call her “S” because I haven’t asked her if I can share her story) has been hospitalized to await the birth of her baby. “S” is from another country and doesn’t have family here. Well, family other than HOPE Clinic volunteers. “S” knows we are praying for her and her new baby.
We have an incredible, diverse group of people who are at the clinic because they like to be there. Every morning before clinic starts we pray together, and one of the things we pray for is that every person who comes through our doors feel the love of Christ. Our volunteers know that love, and they share it.
And that makes HOPE a good place to spend time as a volunteer.
Welcome to our new blog site! This will be an excellent venue for us to share with you more about HOPE Clinic, and the people who help make the clinic all that it is. God has blessed us with some incredible volunteers, whether professionals or our support staff.
Recently, Dr. Prewitt came from Dallas to help us out for a few days. Many of you may not know this, but Dr. Prewitt and Dr. Butler, one of our ‘regular’ volunteer doctors, are sisters. Dr. Butler came by to pick up Dr. Prewitt and ended up helping her out with an extraction. I love this picture of them together!
You can be part of our ‘family’ too! Email us about how to join our family of volunteers.