Zoya Ministries in partnership with Dallas International Street Church took a team of 60 volunteers to South Dallas February 27th and 28th 2009.
On any given day or night, Dallas International Street Church is visited by drug dealers and users, prostitutes, the mentally ill and formerly incarcerated persons who stop by the church for a hot meal, clothing, a place to lay their head. DISC is a 24 hour spot that the people come for refuge. The disciples of the church also picks up homeless from the streets of Downtown Dallas for their church services – most of the people that they bring in end up having a hot meal at the church and spend few hours there before they are taken back later in the night.
Within a mile radius of the church at 2706 Second Ave., there are 90 boarded up houses – many of which have been turned into crack houses. “We believe we will see families restored, healed and delivered, in homes of their own, working to take care of their children, becoming all that God intended them to be.”
In order to assist this needy community in South Dallas, we set up a medical clinic for 2 days at the Dallas International Street Church located in the South Dallas neighborhood; we provided food and donated gifts to the patients who visited the clinic. But even more importantly we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the patients who visited the clinic.
We saw the faithfulness of God as we prepared the South Dallas clinic. God set up an army of soldier to work for His Kingdom. We have been blessed by the number of persons excited to volunteer in the clinic as well as in the preparation by packing the medications and the donations. Despite all preparation and organization, the day of the clinic we were still short of a key item: a chair for the dentist examination. Again the Lord gave us favor and two hours prior to the official clinic opening, a donation that can only be described as miraculous was made to us: 2 dentist reclining chairs.
We provided free medical care to 160 patients: medical screening, blood tests, urine tests and we delivered free prescriptions. We offered consultation from Pediatrics, Gynecology and General Practitioners. Dental care was also provided to the patients. The clinic included a waiting room (the church sanctuary), registration, triage, doctor office and pharmacy.
We provided food for the patients who visited the clinic, distributed bags with hygiene items and socks to the adults and backpacks with school supplies and toys to the children.
Our joy was in the opportunity given to us to interact with each person visiting the church to see the doctors, to listen to their stories, and through a compassionate ear, or a kind hug, give to them the type of Love that only Christ can give.
God was glorified because we served HIM through our service to community of South Dallas. “For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me” ( Matthew 25:35-36).
But our ultimate purpose was to glorify God by having as many people turn from sin towards God as possible. We did so by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through song, prayer, drama and personal testimonies to those who came to the clinic. The disciples of the Dallas International Church, the youth group of Grace Outreach Center and Zoya Ministries team worked together to share God’s words to all patients visiting the clinic.
Our work is not complete in the South Dallas Community and we plan to go back in the future. ZOYA Ministries would like to express special thanks to each of you who prayed and partnered with us to make the mission of Feb 27-28th 2009 to South Dallas a success.
Special thanks to:
- Dallas International Street Church,
- Grace Outreach Center,
- The youth group of Grace Outreach Center,
- Dr. Carmen Smith (in Dallas),
- Dr. Sue Ann To with Ultimate Dental Care (in Plano)
The many volunteers who sorted and packaged medicines, collected bibles, toothbrushes and toothpaste, vitamins, socks, coats and food for the residents of the South Dallas neighborhood.
To God be the Glory for ever and ever…Amen. Isabelle Guillen.