Monday, January 6, 2014

A Letter from Dr. Eston Wenger

Hello my name is Eston Wenger.  I am a general surgeon from Cleveland TN. My family and I visited and worked in the D.R. over Thanksgiving week.  This was my second trip to Sabeneta with Richard and my family's first trip to the D.R.  My parents came as well.  They are the reason, along with Richard, that I have come to the D.R.  I wanted them to get a sense of what life was really like in this part of the world.  I can tell my wife's and children's eyes were opened to the need in this area, but felt a real sense of love from the people we met.  Even though they didn't have much (per our standards), they still had smiles on their faces and plenty of hugs to give!

My wife (a nurse practitioner) saw 65 people in less than two days time. There is a great need for basic primary care.  Mindy (my wife) and Richard were able to obtain the needed medications for her patients.  Just mention the word that a physician is in the area, and the line starts, but never ends.  She is planning to return again (she wants to do more reading on tropical disease-she is a perfectionist) and help more people in the village.  I think the need really weighed on her heart and mind.  I think she did an amazing job for the little time she had to prepare and for the first time visiting the village.

My children had a multitude of questions about the children in the village.  The beautiful thing about children is this (a lesson we could learn)--they don't know the difference between rich or poor, white or black. They just played and had a wonderful time.  They brought things from home that they could share with the other children.  My oldest daughter made a dress with her grandma to give to one of the girls.  I asked them if they wanted to go to Disney World or the Dominican next time, they all said, "The Dominican."  As a father trying to raise three children for the Lord, that is a good feeling.  Even now, they are still looking for things they can bring next time.

I want to give a special thanks to my parents for helping me find Richard and a place to give back.  The Lord asks us to give according to our talents.  I pray that my talent of surgery is helpful to the people of Sabeneta.  I could not have done it without their support and encouragement. They have been with me all the way through this process-in person, in love, and in prayer.  I appreciate their support, helping with the patients, and the children.

For myself, I thank all the people involved in God's ministry.  From my parents getting me involved with Richard, to Richard finding a place to operate, to the clinic and its staff that make the operations possible-Thank you!  And for my wife, thank you for your unending, selfless support of the work done and to be done in Sabeneta.  I love you.

Working in the D.R. has been quite an experience!  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the people of the D.R. and especially in the village of Sabeneta.  We typically arrive on a Friday and go to the village. Saturday involves meeting all of my patients preoperatively.  This involves examining them and telling them about the surgery and then scheduling them. They are also seen by an anesthesiologist (and a cardiologist if necessary). Patients are given a bag of ibuprofen and vitamins as well.  Sunday, we go to the church in the village, which is special for me since the plaque of my grandparents is present in the church.  A sense of my grandfather preaching at summer revival is felt in the air.  At our last visit, they were nice enough to translate the message in English.  It was about love and giving. Giving without love is nothing-I believe that was an appropriate message for us that day.  Monday and Tuesday are the operating days.  Typically, we operate on about 17 people in two days.  Mostly,  inguinal hernia surger is performed,  but also lumps and bumps.  Wednesday, we go back to the clinic and check on patients.  I could not do what I do without the staff present at the clinic, especially Dr. Rousseau!  He translates for me and helps me with medical issues not familar to me in the U.S.  He talks to the families and sees the patients back the following week.  He is my right hand and thank him from the bottom of my heart.  The two days of operating are usually all day events.  It is tiring, but when I see the smile on the patients' faces, it is all worth it.  I don't want to think that I am doing anything special, I just want to do God's will.  It is more than worth it!

Lastly, I don't know how many of you reading this know Richard Taylor.  As mentioned, I have been down to the D.R. twice now with him.  This is a man that gives tirelessly of himself to these people 24/7.  His service begins from the time he arrives in Sabeneta to the time he leaves-which could be for one month or several months.  He serves these people with a smile, a hug, and the love of Jesus Christ.  I have never heard him complain once. His blue Chevy van is constantly on the go as a taxi cab, ambulance, or for any number of other tasks he performs for the people of Sabeneta.  I don't think you can appreciate his devotion until you have seen it first hand.  It took this second time for it to sink in for me.  Richard, you are an amazing man in Christ and thank you for all you do!! 

Eston Wenger

Thursday, September 13, 2012

We Need To Finish This House

Dear family and friends, The teams from TN and IN, working with Alcides and his crew, did a great job of getting the roof on this house in a week. We need to finish it. Want to buy a window for $80? A door for $120? Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

Blessings to you all, 
Bondye beni ou.
Richard Taylor

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Dalila, an extremely gifted student born into abject poverty, able to attend college due a loving family in the USA.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Free Clinic - Just For One Day

Free Medical Clinic, so desperately needed in Sabaneta, Dominican Republic. Open just for one day due to some caring doctors, now in need of funding.

“He who oppressed the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”  –Proverbs 14:31

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"Food, medicine and education are the heart and soul of Journey Into Hope"

Thanks to you all for your many thoughts, prayers, and support during the past few months; it has been an intensely busy time as we try to meet the needs of a world deep in poverty and sickness. Medical teams from Detroit and PA came to Sabaneta in March and shared their lives, skills, hearts and medicines with the folks in our area. Many home visits by doctors, physical and occupational therapists, nurses, pastors, and friends deeply touched the lives of the residents in our barrio. God’s love in action is the most powerful agent of change on the planet, and it was great to be a witness to so many wonderful acts of kindness.
Food, medicine and education are the heart and soul of Journey Into Hope. Choosing between these three life essentials has become a daily, often heart-wrenching task in our effort to help improve the lives of our brothers and sisters on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Malnutrition and starvation, sickness and death, illiteracy and poverty are the constant companions of many residents in our neighborhood. We continue to buy a lot of rice and beans and try to feed as many kids as possible with our limited resources. We purchase and give away medicines to many who will otherwise go without treatment for conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, typhoid fever, parasites, and epilepsy.  And then along comes a young nurse, Guylaine Codio, who has worked excellently with us during the past few years and asks us if we can help her go to medical school so she can return to work with us as a physician when she completes her training. Presently, we are providing financial aid to 30 students, ranging from kindergarten to graduate school; adding a medical student to this list has been prohibitively expensive in the past. Medical school tuition in Santiago costs approximately $6000 over the course of 5 years; but this is a long-term investment in the life of a young lady who wants to return and serve her community and improve the health of our neighbors. Such an investment would seem to be the perfect fit for Journey Into Hope’s heart and soul. If helping Gulaine appeals to you, please contact me and let me know your thoughts.
In His Most Holy Name, 
Richard Taylor

Monday, February 27, 2012

Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from those who need your help. - Isaiah 58:7

You can help today by purchasing:

120 pds of rice - a weeks supply of food for Journey Into Hope's Kitchen - $60
A year's scholarship to the Christian school of Sabaneta for one child - $335
A school uniform, required for attendance - $55

Any donation big or small is appreciated and can help better the lives of our brothers and sisters in the Dominican Republic.

Please click HERE to donate! 

I could choose not to move...but I Refuse!

I can hear the least of these
Crying out so desperately
And I know we are the hands and feet
Of You, oh God

So, if You say move
It's time for me to follow through
And do what I was made to do
Show them who You are

'Cause I don't want to live like I don't care
I don't want to say another empty prayer
Oh, I refuse

To sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse