Pastor Alberto and his family still need our prayers. I promised to keep everyone updated on his situation. It turned out to be nearly impossible to post updates last week from the Dominican Republic. The challenges we faced included:
- A recently cut/spliced internet cable
- Torrential daily rains (that interferes when the cable is normal!)
- Limited bandwidth when Internet was available
So those usual, normal, on-site updates are coming late. BUT, they are coming!
Pastor Alberto: Situation
First, let me thank you again for responding to the needs of Pastor Alberto and his family. You have let me know you are praying for them. That is something we shared with them during our visit. Some of you also responded with donations for the family. And that enabled us to minister to them in some very practical ways.
One big item for me was to get first-hand information on the diagnosis and what treatment possibilities (if any) might be. We were able to get a first-hand confirmation of the diagnosis. Doctors estimate life expectancy in terms of a few months. Alberto is hospitalized in Santo Domingo. And that puts him about a three hour drive (for a family with a car) from his family. So the situation is difficult at best and made worse by physical separation.
Ministering To The Family
We went shopping in Barahona. We wanted to supply the family with basic necessities. The donations we received allowed us to do that. As you can see in the pictures, we ran across some smiling, helpful faces as we shopped!
The rain was a constant factor this past week. That’s easy to see in the pictures we took. We drove to Pastor Alberto’s home to deliver everything we had. That took place in the rain and mud. But we were glad to be there. The items delivered included:
- Food staples for the kitchen
- Expressions of concern from us and you
- Financial resources
Hortencia, Alberto’s wife, was not home when we arrived. And it was not a surprise to learn she was ministering to another family that lived nearby. Some of the children went to get her.
So we started unloading the van. And that van was very full. We had invited other pastors to accompany us. When she arrived we had a short conversation on the front porch. Then we moved inside for a brief visit. The local pastors, friends of Alberto’s, expressed their concerns. They let Hortencia know we had been praying for her family during the pastors’ school.
I got to let her know that people ‘back home’ were also praying. She was so grateful. And it seemed to me that the knowledge strengthened her just a bit. I took her by the hand to voice a prayer for Alberto, her, and their family. As I did I put the remainder of the donations in her hand.
When we finished praying I encouraged her to make the trip to Santo Domingo and minister to her husband. Finding a way to pay for the trip would not be a problem. And that was because of people like you.
Pastor Alberto: Ongoing Need
Most of us have had family members with a terminal illness. It is a difficult road to walk. We can and should pray for Pastor Alberto. Pray for the congregation that looks to him for leadership. And we obviously need to pray for Hortencia and the family.
Prayer is the first thing but it should not be the only thing. The needs of the family will continue. And there are folks on hand we can trust to get resources to them. So if you sense a prompting to help in that way, please do so. I will have additional posts to update all of us. Those posts will have donation links.
God is good, even in circumstances we find very difficult.
Soli Deo Gloria!
PS – These posts about Pastor Alberto and his family have been tagged as part of this year’s Giving Matters series in order for people to include this family in your Christmas giving. Make checks payable to Mission: Hope. Mail to:
Keith Burnett Ministries, P.O. 803, Scottsboro, AL – 35768