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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

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

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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