Cathy’s Quarterly: March 2018

Cathy’s Quarterly: March 2018

 

Bishop Skilton (our retired assistant bishop) loves to remind us that God is good, all the time.  My last quarterly asked you to consider God’s call to you in helping my neighbors with their housing needs and God moved many to help, raising over $7,000 for this project, without limiting the gifts for the regular ministry.  THANK YOU!  We have been handing out applications for assistance and are starting to look at the returned applications and visit the homes to see how we can best help.  Please pray for God to guide us in our decisions as to whom and how to help.  This is our most recent project, Avida’s house before and after.

Teaching continues to be my primary focus in terms of physical therapy ministry.  This spring term I have 3 classes all of them in the new curriculum which started in January 2014.  Most of the terms since then, I have had a new class to prepare and this is no exception.  Many of those classes I taught only once or twice, but we have reached the point where the three neurology classes are now open.  Many of those classes have had the same core group of students.  In this picture, we are working on wheelchair mobility tasks to better help patients who have neurological conditions, such as spinal cord injuries.

It is close to the time for my next home ministry assignment and I am planning to return to Colorado for the fall term.  My hope is to visit supporting churches and share in person about how God is working in the DR, during the months of September through December.  It is a short time to visit everyone, and some visits will need to be creative, as there won’t be enough Sundays to visit all on Sundays.  We can start the rough sketch of planning anytime now, with details firmed up closer to the time.  Please pray that God is in control of all that will take place during this home ministry assignment.

Thank you for your support for this ministry!  May God bless and guide you in all you do.

In Christ,

Cathy

Cathy Donahoe is a SAMS Missionary and Physical Therapist serving in the Dominican Republic. You can support here

Cathy’s Quarterly: Faith Like a Child

Cathy’s Quarterly: Faith Like a Child

God uses all sorts of people to teach us about his love and his sacrifice for us.  One Sunday a little boy was visiting with his mom and grandfather.  He was quiet and respectful during the service, so I was surprised to find him crying when I returned from communion.  He was crying because of what had happened to Jesus.  I tried to comfort him with the positive outcome for us of his sacrifice, but knew it had been a long time since I’d been touched so deeply by the crucifixion.

Jesus told us we need to come to him as children, and this innocence, unjaded by life’s experiences and stresses of the world pulling us this way and that way, is requisite for our hearts to fully open to the Holy Spirit.  Lent is a perfect time to reflect on what is pulling us away from our commitment to be faithful servants of Christ and go about repenting and breaking these barriers down, all with God’s help.

Thank you for your support and prayers!  Please continue praying for wisdom with my teaching and for the construction team as we consider whom and how to help.

In Christ,

Cathy Donahoe

 

Cathy’s Caribbean Quarterly – Dec 2017

Cathy’s Caribbean Quarterly – Dec 2017

 

This past hurricane season was a rough one throughout the Caribbean as I’m sure you’ve heard.  Hurricane Maria is the one who inflicted the most damage to the Dominican Republic, but thankfully we didn’t have the significant damage that many of the other islands suffered.  Thankfully God moved hearts to make gifts to improve housing this past year and we’ve assisted 9 families so far to improve their living circumstances.  The projects have ranged from minor repairs, to partial or complete new roofs and even a new home.  Jan has a new home now, pictured here with before and after shots.  He invited a neighboring family to shelter with him during the storms that hit this fall, as they await their turn for assistance.  There are many families still living in leaky and insecure structures needing assistance.  Should you feel drawn to help with this project, please send a check to SAMS with “Donahoe Project” in the memo line and 100% of your gift will go towards improving housing for people in need in my community.  Please pray for discernment in which families to help and to what extent.

At the university this year, I have had a total of 9 classes with about 180 students.  Most of the classes have been in the neurology tract and have been a mix of the old and new curriculum students.  We are 3 years into the new curriculum and there are notable improvements with the students’ understanding and abilities.  God has continued to shape my teaching style, to which many students seem to respond well.  Please pray for wisdom with my teaching.

I am very grateful for your support and that God has given me the opportunity to be a part of these ministries.

May you have a very Merry Christmas and may God fill your 2018 with amazing blessings!

                                                                                      In Christ,
                                                                                      Cathy

 

Cathy Caribbean Quarterly

Cathy Caribbean Quarterly

Summer is always an intense time for me.  The heat is tremendous and with air conditioning, a very limited commodity, it takes its toll.  I remember flexibility being one of the characteristics that Peace Corps was interested in for potential volunteers.  It seems to be the same for missionaries.  This summer term I started with 2 classes and ended with 4.  While I enjoyed the students and the classes, both additions were new to me so required more preparation and an extra day and a half in the capital every week.  The pictures are students learning about plyometrics and my group in the clinical rotation on our last day as a group.  The director of the program recently left on maternity leave, though she will be checking in here and there.  Please pray for her and her first child, as well as all the professors as we head into a new term the beginning of September without our director helping to put out fires that inevitably crop up.

A few years ago, God granted me the opportunity to stay in housing at the seminary during my nights in the capital, and I therefore had the pleasure of sharing a bit in the community life with the seminarians.  They were in their first year of studies then and we shared dinner and Morning Prayer regularly that year.  Recently I had the distinct pleasure of joining them at their graduation.  Their ordination will take place soon.  Please join me in giving thanks to God for these hard-working servants who are heading into the world to spread God’s word and love to God’s people!  May God bless, guide and strengthen their ministries and their lives!

Thank you for your support for this ministry!  May you see God at work in your daily life!

In Christ

Cathy

Cathy Donahoe is a SAMS Missionary and Physical Therapist serving in the Dominican Republic.

Donations: SAMS, PO Box 399; Ambridge, PA  15003 with Cathy Donahoe in the memo line of the check or go to the website https://secure-q.net/Donations/SAMS/3311

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Cathy’s Caribbean Quarterly 10th Anniversary Edition

Cathy’s Caribbean Quarterly 10th Anniversary Edition

 

When I moved to the Dominican Republic 10 years ago, I didn’t know how long I would be here, and I still don’t know.  Throughout these 10 years, the ministry has morphed from primarily treating patients needing physical therapy, to primarily teaching Dominican physical therapy students, which certainly has a greater impact on how Dominicans are treating their patients.  God has been very active throughout these years here, preparing me all along through relationships established and experience gained for each phase of the ministry.  In addition to the physical therapy aspect of the ministry, God has been using me in my congregation and community in various service ministry roles. 

This edition will have fewer words and more pictures, in a recap of these years of ministry.  More photos are available on my website.  Thank you for joining this ministry!  Please continue to pray for the students, the Dominican therapists, the community of Santa Fe and for God’s love to reach all corners of this island!

Consolation ministry (2008-now): Juan who suffered a spinal cord injury and returned home without hope.

Clinic work (2007-2012 patient care, 2012-now ancillary role):  Therapy staff with students from Regis University at my house.

Las Chicas Nices (2008-now): We are singing at the Encuentro en Mision 2013 in the cathedral.  (Photo courtesy of Julius Ariail)

University ministry (2010-now) Some of my students learning wheelchair mobility.

Construction ministry (2017): Maria is in her new, indoor kitchen.

 

Thank you for your support for this ministry!  May God bless and keep you as you bless those you meet.

                                                                                In Christ,

                                                                                Cathy

Cathy Donahoe is a SAMS Missionary and Physical Therapist serving in the Dominican Republic.

Donations: SAMS, PO Box 399; Ambridge, PA  15003 with Cathy Donahoe in the memo line of the check or go to the website https://secure-q.net/Donations/SAMS/3311 or http://samsusa.org/givetomissionaries

Cards/letters: Cathy Donahoe, Apartado 587, San Pedro de Macoris 21000, Dominican Republic

Cathy Caribbean Quarterly March Update

Cathy Caribbean Quarterly March Update

Thanks to folks who responded with support for this new housing project, we have begun helping families. Mae is a widower with serious health issues that prevents her from being able to work. While she has a daughter, who is a professional, that daughter has a family with 3 children to care for as well. Her daughter helps as much as possible with medicines, it never seems to be enough and the condition of Mae’s house has been out of reach for needed repairs. As you see in the picture, the wood supporting her roof was rotten in many places. Working together with a local man skilled in construction, she sought others to help with the labor and our housing committee purchased the new wood and other supplies needed to repair her roof. It is still possible to join in this project as there are many families with needs. If you feel called to donate to this specific project, please send a check made out to SAMS, with “Donahoe project” in the memo line. 100% of your donation will go to materials and labor to improve people’s living conditions which will positively impact their health as well. Please pray for this ministry to make wise decisions and right actions to best benefit our neighbors in need.

The PT clinic continues to be of service to the community. The months of December and January are typically slow months due to various holidays, but even so the PT area stayed steady. February has seen increasing numbers of treatments given per week with high levels of patient satisfaction. There is still much to be done as we try to negotiate with insurances to be providers which will help ensure the sustainability of the clinic and as we further promote the service now offered. Please pray that the clinic continues to serve with integrity and thus become self-sustaining.

May you always sense God’s loving guidance and comfort in your life!

In Christ,
Cathy