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Missions Blog


Aug 9

Prayer for Our Beloved Brother – Dr. Jacobo Pineda

Dr. Jacobo and Janette PinedaPlease pray for Dr. Jacobo Pineda and his wife Janette. While many in the Desert Springs congregation have been to Guatemala and gotten to know Dr. Jacobo and his wife, Janette, many others have not and here is a little background:
“Dr. Jacobo is a general practice physician in Guatemala City who has developed a “heart” for the Rabinal Achi. He began visits to the San Miguel Chicaj area providing medical care and presenting the CHE (Community Health Evangelism) program long before Desert Springs Church began its outreach to the Achi in 2004. He has dedicated about a week each month with his outreach and supporting other visiting groups such as Desert Springs. Partnering with him in his outreach became a natural evolution in Desert Springs efforts to also reach out and assist the Achi. He has continued his medical and CHE activities as well as overseeing the Microfinance program from DSC, participating in the DSC Pastoral Training Conferences, and coordinating our annual medical and dental mission trips. Dr. Jacobo and Janette were in the U.S. October 2017 and were at DSC during Missions Emphasis Week that Fall.

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“A few weeks after returning to Guatemala City, he noted some flank pain and an ultrasound revealed a mass in one of his kidneys. At surgery this turned out to be a renal cell cancer and the kidney was removed. At the time there was no evidence of spread to lymphatics or other organs and he elected to pursue a course of naturopathic treatment. He was scheduled for follow-up blood studies and scans this coming September 2018 to check for any progression. However, in late July, he noted a couple of lumps in his neck which biopsies revealed metastatic cancer from the kidney. The cancer specialist recommended chemotherapy now instead of surgery for the lumps but as of Sunday morning, August 5th, his kidney specialist did not believe that his one remaining kidney would survive the chemotherapy. Obviously, this puts Dr. Jacobo in a very ominous position with limited treatment options. He is having further blood work and scans but he and Janette are facing serious decisions these next few weeks.

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“Dr. Jacobo and Janette are strong Christians and their ultimate home is in Heaven, but his absence would be devastating to his wife and family, our own DSC family, and the progression of the CHE Program with the Rabinal Achi as well as adversely impacting DSC’s ability to have medical missions to Guatemala. We are very limited in how we can support this amazing Christian couple. We ask the whole DSC family to fervently lift them up in prayer. Pray for wisdom and discernment in the medical decisions they will be making and also pray for a miraculous healing that would give the ultimate glory to God realizing that God is in control and His will be done.”

-Dr. Brent Burkett

We are accepting donations to send to Dr. Jacobo to help pay for chemotherapy or any medical treatment(s) they will need.  To donate online, click on the Donate link, enter amount on Guatemala Projects line item and continue, please name “Dr. Jacobo Medical” on Name of Person and/or Notes section of the following page. Donate here.  

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