An eyeglass team from MOST Ministries spent a week at YLM in April providing prescription eyeglasses to people all over Juarez.
“What happens,” Debby Suchyta says, “is we come thinking we are going to be a blessing to others, but we are blessed in turn.”
Debby, who is the team administrator at Mission Opportunities Short Term Ministries (MOST), first visited Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care back in 1999. That was her first trip to Anapra, bringing eyeglasses to those in need.
MOST Ministries works by invitation. They are first contacted by a mission or church that requests specific work to be done. “We have the eyeglass clinics, medical teams, clean water outreach, construction, all sorts of men’s, woman’s, or children’s ministry,” says Debby.
Once they have that request, they begin to fill the team for that trip. They will post on their website, as well as reach out to past team members who have expressed an interest in continuing the work they started.
“They eyeglass team,” she says, “brings hundreds of people into contact with the churches.” That contact, at times, is the first contact some have had with any church. When I visited Anapra, to see MOST Ministries in action, Deaconess Rosy Lira (who serves Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in Juarez and Holy Bible Lutheran Church in Anapra) was passing out Gospel bracelets, briefly explaining the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who may have never heard it.
Many learned about other services the churches offer- weekly worship services, classes for their children, and more.
Debby said that when they reach an area, they are like the circus. With all the people coming to do the work, be it glasses or clean water, everyone is curious. “Our first mission is to bring the Gospel,” she said. “Everything else is secondary.”
I asked Debby why she comes back, time and time again. “There is just such need there,” she said as her eyes began to mist over. “We want to support them, help them in their ministry. They are the feet of Jesus in those communities.” She’s right. Rosy works tirelessly to meet the needs of the community she serves.
Debby says, to anyone who is interested in working in the mission fields, “Don’t wait.” The need is there. “The generosity, the hugs, the smiles, the genuine gratitude from the people we serve is amazing.” Meeting their short-term needs with eye glasses starts a relationship that is built upon the love, and gospel shared by MOST Ministries.
If you would like to serve a community in need, I encourage you to reach out to Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care. They will give you all the information you need to get your group on the road to service.