Medical bills/Recovery for Rafael

Raphael Santana’s story/progress 

This past Friday, my uncle Raphael was crushed by a 200 foot tree. He was in Puerto Rico helping his brother  cut the tree, and it fell on top of him-twice. He was rushed to Centro Mèdico (the best trauma center on the island) via ambulance and med-evac.  At that time he had massive blood loss, multiple major bone fractures, damage to his left lung, and trauma to his head. We didn’t not know if he was going to live through the day, but the hospital was able to stabilize him. He and my aunt are still at Centro Mèdico, and he is recieving constant medical care. For more details reguarding his injuries/recovery see  blog link.

The cost of his recovery, and emergency medical expenses will be overwhelming, because they did not have insurance coverage for this. It will be difficult for them to tackle these bills since the injuries uncle Raf sustained will most likely not allow him to carry on working as he did before. My aunt and uncle have been loyal, active members of every church family they joined. They have cooked meals, helped build homes/churches, travelled over oceans to share the love of Christ (which flows so easily from their hearts), lead MANY to salvation, lead bible studies, volunteered for multiple ministries, and loved their closest neighbors more than themselves. Many times I have seen them give all, and give out-with joy in their hearts.

They have two adult, married daughters in the States; Ashley, and Sasha. Although their children in Jesus count many!
Their dream was to “retire” in Puerto Rico, where they believe Jesus has called them to continue His great commission. If you know Raf personally, you know there is no such thing as retiring for him. I don’t know all their plans at the moment, but I do know they need tons of prayer. I dare say they will need financial help, which is why I have taken it upon myself to create this account. I don’t know how much they will need to cover costs, so I took a guess, based on the severity of my uncles conditon.

I know they will call me to reprimand me for doing this. I can hear my aunt in my ear now saying, “Don’t you know that our God will provide?! You didn’t have to do this!” Well as a response to that I say, He WILL provide through His children. They would never dream asking for help like this, but I boldly ask that they receive help. It’s nothing compared to everything they have done to bless me, and my family for the 24 years I have known them. It is nothing that they have not already done for many that have been in the same place.

The Good Samaritan did not assume that God would send someone else to find the beaten man,  and care for him. He saw the man in need, and did what he could to help. Jesus Himself told this story. So with that as proof, I will say that God sends people to do His bidding. He is able.

For those of you who are (like me) miles away from being physically able to help, and desiring to-here’s how;
Read the  Family’s Blog ‌ attached, decide whether or not you play a part in lightening my uncle’s financial burden, and please share this campaign. I know many have already reached out to us asking how they can help. Thank you.
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Renee Marie Albrecht 
North Haledon, NJ

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