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“Our priority is to make Him known and it doesn't end until we fall into the arms of Jesus.”

Louie Giglio


Fe​​bruary 20-28 this year, I joined a team of 32 people to provide medical care in the Dominican Republic. Our team treated just shy of 500 patients in four days in our cl​​inics with 28 professions of faith! In one clinic, our team worked together to “MacGyver” a cast for a broken ankle using a cardboard box, ACE wrap, and two small trees that the local pastor chopped down with his machete to use as makeshift crutches. During our trip, we also fed an entire village in Quisqueya (200 bags of food), hosted a cook-out for the Dominicans’ Independence ​​Day, a​​nd were the first American group to minister in the village of El Coco (a new church plant). It was difficult for me to pack my bags to leave when the Lord has called me into ministry in the Dominican Republic. Since being back home, I am learning how to trust Him daily, on deeper level, while waiting patiently for His timing to depart for the Dominican.​​


On April 19th, I was invited to speak at the middle and high school youth groups at Belin United Methodist Church. The night was filled with laughter, fun, games, food, worship, and the Holy Spirit. I felt anxious before I took the stage, mostly due to the fact I do not like speaking in front of a large group of people. The Lord overwhelmed me with His presence, giving me peace as I walked onto the stage to tell His story of how He is at work in the Dominican. The night was capped off with a bang, literally, as thunder claps, lightening, and torrential rain came down while we were leaving. Apparently, we were under a tornado warning and did not know it.


I have recently been invited to speak at an event to raise awareness for human trafficking on August 29th from 10am-2pm at Belin United Methodist Church. Since returning from the Dominican Republic this year, the Lord has pressed upon my heart a huge burden for human trafficking. Myrtle Beach is such a transient, tourist location with many trafficked victims, eleven of which were rescued last week. It is also a major crisis in the Dominican Republic, especially with child exploitation. Please pray the darkness of trafficking will be brought to light. Also, pray for me as I prepare my session for the event.


I began a 13-week travel assignment at Duke University Hospital six weeks ago in a cardiothoracic step-down unit. The Heart Center I work in is ranked #4 in the nation in heart surgery. I really enjoy the patients I work with: patients who have had a heart/lung transplant, are on a heart pump while waiting to receive a new heart, who have had open-heart surgery, or had their lungs removed. God has given me the unique opportunity to minister and encourage them, sometimes through something as simple as sharing a Bible verse. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26)


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Until the nets are full, for His glory,

Vanessa L. Suggs

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