I met her in 2001, a young dentist with a lovely smile, attending her first Health Talents Board meeting, being introduced as a new team member. Dr. Silvia Marisol Albizures would fill a void, a missing piece in our ministry team. She began her career working at Clinica Promesa in Guatemala City, then moved to the coast and Montellano to work at Clinica Ezell in 2002. Under her guidance and loving attentive care, our dental ministry has grown from a single dentist and lone assistant, to four dentists, and one hygienist with four dental assistants caring for more than 9,000 patients each year.
I met him in 2003, a recent graduate of Harding University, Walton Scholar and native of Nicaragua. Carlos Alberto Baltodano flew from Managua to Guatemala City to interview for the position of Project Director, one of our missing pieces. Within a few weeks, I made Carlos a formal job offer with the closing line reading, “
I'm thrilled to have you join us in our ministry of teaching and healing. You will do well.
” And he has done very well!
When Carlos assumed his duties on November 1, 2003, we had eighteen on our Guatemala ministry team. Today we number sixty-four. Along the way, Carlos acquired a wife, Silvia, the dentist with the lovely smile and they now have two children, Dante, seven and Dánika, five.Together, we’ve seen Health Talents grow in ways that only God could have foreseen. He saw that
Carlos and Silvia were missing pieces and we give thanks to the Father for sending them our way.
These two vital pieces will soon be leaving us and taking their two treasures, Dante and Dánika with them to Nashville, TN. You see, Carlos has a missing piece in his life, a void he believes God is filling through a scholarship from Lipscomb University, a scholarship to obtain a Masters of Divinity from the Hazelip School of Theology. Carlos’ missing piece is a deeper understanding of scripture and a desire to share the gospel of Jesus Christ at a deeper and more intimate level.
Health Talents will continue rolling along and singing our song, much like the character in Shel Silverstein’s book, “The Missing Piece.” We won’t roll as smoothly, at least for a time, and we’ll be looking to replace our missing pieces. Fortunately, we have a Father who provides what we need!
We wish Carlos, Silvia, Dante and Dánika the best, we love them dearly. Nashville will soon have several pieces of our heart, of my heart. Take care of them, enjoy them, learn from them and treasure them. I’d even ask you to love them as much as I do, but that isn’t possible. So I’ll just ask you to love them!