Do You Believe in Miracles?

I Do!

Yesterday, I experienced a true miracle at our church.  I was working with a family who had just lost a husband, father, grandfather and friend.  We were in our Worship Center planning the Celebration of Life service when suddenly it happened.  We looked up and there stood one of our ministers getting ready to baptize a young woman.  Through our sadness we stood silently as the words were spoken, “Because of your profession of faith in Christ, I baptize you now………..”  And then the miracle happened as under the water she went.  A new name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  A true miracle of a life transformed right before our eyes.  There is no greater miracle than this.   For a minute our sadness disappeared as we celebrated what God had done.  This woman will never be the same.   “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16  She has eternal life.

Our Doctors See Miracles too
We consistently get reports of Miracles from our clinics.  Our Doctors not only work to heal the body but also offer salvation to needy people.  Soon the body will go back to the ground but the soul will live forever.  Can you imagine the excitement in one of our clinics when someone makes the decision to follow Christ?  Recently in Zimbabwe, Africa, fourteen people were baptized unto Christ at our new church.  There is joy in heaven over one who repents.  I can’t imagine what happens when fourteen lives are changed. 
News from the Front Lines
So much is happening in each of our clinics, that it’s hard to keep up.  Go to our web site for constant updates from each Mission.
IN MEXICO our new van is staying on the road and is a wonderful addition as we struggle to keep up with the needs.  We also have a new dentist on staff that is staying very busy.  Please pray for our clinic and for those who come for treatment that the Lord will continue to bless our work in a special way.
Our new dentist at work
IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC,  Dr. Pena and his family are recovering from Covid.  Please pray for them.  We are very excited to announce that our clinic is getting a badly needed refractor, a gift from a generous optometrist group in Florida.  Dr. Pena reports that they had used the old, outdated refractor for many years and this is a wonderful answer to prayer.  We are also in the final stages of purchasing a much needed van for the clinic and church.
Dr. Bill Watson and his assistant from Tomoka Eye Associates, present a refractor to
Senior minister Joe Putting and Greg Holmgren with Tomoka Christian Church
Dr. Daryl Pruett and his wife, Mary have arrived in ZIMBABWE and are very busy working with our clinic and churches there.  Please pray that the Lord will send a Christian nurse to help in our clinic there.  Our church plant is growing and God is moving in a powerful way and the Pruett’s are excited to be “home” working with our team there.
IN INDIA  our team of Dr. Henry and family are seeing more and more people as poverty seems to be everywhere in part because of Covid.  They are providing food and so much more to people at the clinic and also at the eight churches that have been planted.  Their work is never done and yet God uses these wonderful servants in a powerful way to impact the lives of hundreds each month.  Please pray for them that God will continue to provide food and medicine for their people.
Dr. Dan in HAITI reports that he recently visited a jail to provide food, medicines and to treat   the people there.  His clinic is full daily with people suffering from illnesses, many of which are related to Covid.  They have been without electricity for months.  Please take a minute and pray for them.  

Will you help us see Miracles?
Your gift, no matter how small is important.  It helps us buy medicine, food and clothing and purchase equipment.  You are the ones who give us the tools needed to impact lives for Christ.  Without you we wouldn’t be able to bring healing and salvation to thousands of people. 
A few years ago, I was in Haiti visiting house churches and missionary friends.  At night I would wake up to the sound of drums echoing from the side of a nearby mountain.  I could see the fires burning as people practiced voodoo and prepared for their holy days.  Animals would be slaughtered and sacrificed even as many people were sick and dying from starvation.  They needed a miracle.  It’s people like these in places like Haiti that are reached everyday by Hasten doctors and staff who are serving Christ and their neighbors.  You are the ones who allow these miracles to happen with your prayers and gifts.
At a time when the world seems to be in turmoil and we wonder when things will get better, God continues to put Hasten International in the position to impact peoples lives.  Yes, we see miracles everyday at our clinics as the hungry are fed, the naked are clothed and the sick find healing.  Thank you Hasten partners, you are truly a blessing. 

Visit our website to learn more about the work being done at each of the countries we serve.         
Bye for now,
Gregory Holmgren