I attended the Solid Rock board meeting this weekend
and I am happy to report:
1) an agreement between SRI and ACPSI (our Dominican partners) was signed at the meeting - this includes formation and recognition of an operational committee that will help oversee the new clinic
2) AND that the property and new clinic building is now jointly owned by Solid Rock and ACPSI.
These signify a true partnership that recognizes and ensures the importance of SRI involvement in ownership AND operation of the facility.
The assurance that the money you and others have so generously donated is not just being put in the hands of foreigners in a third-world country - it is going to a facility now equally owned by SRI with the commitment by SRI board members who are determined to make it a successful facility able to provide care to the poorest of the poor, as the SRI mission statement states. Very experienced doctors and others will help guide the clinic to a successful opening and operation. ACPSI has wonderful and dedicated members, but an undertaking such as the Revolution Clinic needs to have the best of the best from both organizations and beyond working together so we do exactly what we want - Serve the Poor.
The remaining issue is tax exempt status of ACPSI for purchases and imports - a large hurdle yet to be overcome but now in-sight with an alternative plan if needed. We are working to submit paperwork to the Dominican officials who will determine if ACPSI can be recognized as an organization able to have full tax-exempt status. Needless to say, although the DR may still be considered a third-world country, they have perfected the black hole of bureaucracy, even better that Washington, DC.
Two timely (once again and yet another example of Godincidences) occurred to me today. In stating this, I recognize my pitiful lack of recognizing ALL that my God and my trusty guardian angel are doing in my life on a daily basis.
1) A wonderful sermon from our Rev. Rachel C. Thompson talked about the church being something children (we are all God's children) may run to in excitement for what it provides. Hits home in many ways, and certainly can be related to a clinic. I hope to post a link to her message when it is available.
2) A post from Oswald Chambers is relevant to where I and everyone involved in the Revolution stand - I hope you consider this message in your daily schedule, I know I need consistent reminders!