For Marylin Nauta, the only life that she has ever known is that of serving in the mission field. Growing up in a family of missionaries, serving in the Dominican Republic, taught her a valuable lesson that has become a way of life for her….to serve others with the gifts that you have.
Another valuable asset that comes from being born and raised in the Dominican Republic is that it allowed Marylin to have dual citizenship in both The United States and The Dominican Republic. Some might ask: why is that a valuable asset? According to Marylin “having citizenship in the Dominican allowed me to receive my medical training free of charge.” Because medical school is very expensive in the United States Marylin knew that she would never be able to afford it. “Praise God that I get to do what I love…helping people with their illnesses” says Marylin.
At the Central Medicos Evangelical Los Americanos, where she spends her days serving in the hospital, Marylin says that “the most common illnesses that we see are contagious infectious diseases.” People come from all over the country to receive medical attention at their facility. “We even have people travel from Haiti” because of the exceptional service that they receive from us. That exceptional service was acknowledged when Marylin was recognized by U.S. Embassy with its Distinguished American Citizen Award. “I couldn’t do it without the equipment that I am able to get from International Aid.” says Marylin. “The equipment that I am able to get here is crucial and critical to the work that I am able to do in the clinic.”
“Equipment at a low cost is what has helped the most” says Marylin. “I’ve been able to get stuff from International Aid that I would not have been able to get down here.” Because God has been an answer to prayer for her in the work that she does, in return Marylin’s prayer is that “I, my ministry, would be an open bible read by the people. That they would see thats it’s been a living sacrifice…the whole thing.”
As Marilyn returns to the Dominican Republic, please continue to pray for her and the work that she does. We thank God for allowing us to be a part of this story of hope, and the work that together, we, International Aid and Marylin Nauta, are able to do for Christ.
Top photo: An original painting done of Marylin Nauta working with patients in the late 1980’s by Nathan Jay Nauta, Marylin’s Father and Retired Missionary having served 50 years serving in the Dominican Republic. Nathan gave the original painting to International Aid upon completion and is now displayed in our office.