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A Man on a Mission

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On the afternoon of Thursday, April 4th,  my father was shot in three different places: the shoulder, the face, and the neck. My dad has been a missionary doctor for many years, dedicating an immense portion of his life to the field. Many people questioned why my dad would go for weeks at a time in such a hopeless, barren place, seemingly placing his own life under his compassion for his work there. Spare a moment to listen to his story, only written by his son's hands. 
Aware of the conspicuous danger of where they were going, Living Waters spent many months organizing this trip, and of course my dad was willing to volunteer for the expedition. After arriving safely in the airport, the group split into vehicles, and took off towards a meeting hours away. Driving along the small, two lane trails you could hardly call roads, they were met with a road block... it was at this point the team could make out Haitian personnel armed with machine guns.
They immediately tried to escape, but that attempt was all it took for the Haitian bandits to open fire on their vehicle. Despite immeasurable amounts of gunfire making a complete wreck of the truck, it was my dad that was shot out of the six other missionaries with him. It's a miracle that even the driver was spared, but unfortunately my dad was left with more than one and a half liters of blood lost and clinging to life. After days, my dad was finally medevaced and  taken to Delray Medical Center. A bullet was found in his cheek, his shoulder, and one touching his spinal chord. It's a miracle that he survived for so long without proper treatment, it's a miracle that he isn't paralyzed. Prayers are most important to my family, but the transport, surgeries, and medical bills are overbearing. My father lacks loss of wages insurance, and he has a long road of recovery before he will be able to do anything. Thank you for your concern and prayers, and feel free to contact his Facebook account for graphic videos of the shooting in Haiti and the miraculous story told in detail by team members, as well as updates on his current condition. I know that dad has many friends that love him dearly, and I thank you for always standing by him. 
                                                      With love, Michael Burbella
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Well...I was told that I failed my swallow study on Friday. I delayed sharing the bad news with you because I found it hard to believe with so many of you praying for me that God was not going to pull off another miracle. I was not convinced that I failed my swallow study so I reviewed the video myself and based on my own review of the video, which I studied all weekend, I had enough doubt that I canceled my surgery to fix the problem in my throat, and I canceled my surgery to place a PEG tube. I then requested that my NG tube be removed and we repeat the swallow study. Thank God that all of my doctors were on board with my speculations. Today at 3 pm I passed my repeat swallow study!!! I am now drinking water by mouth, and if I do okay then tomorrow I can start on clear juices. I will then increase each day with a goal of eating pureed food for a couple of weeks and then finally advance to a regular diet. I praise God for this because it should mean that I will be getting out of the hospital before the weekend!!! Yahoo!!! Thanks everybody! It will be 6 weeks on Thursday since I got shot. It's time to go home!! God is good!
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I want to thank you for all of the prayers, encouragement, kind words, and donations. I am truly blessed to have so many awesome friends. I need a powerful stream of prayers Friday morning please. I get my swallow study Friday morning. If I pass then I will be eating a liquid diet but I can go home soon. If I fail then I need a PEG tube (a tube directly into my stomach through my abdominal wall) or surgery to cauterize the fistula in my throat. I don't really want either of those choices so please pray with me. God will have to perform a miracle because I can feel the wound is still open and draining. It is the worst sore throat of my life, and it has persisted for 3 weeks now. Thanks in advance, and may God bless all of you. I have been in the hospital for over a month now but I have managed to give out many bibles, pray with patients, and encourage the staff to live for the Lord. So despite my suffering I am enjoying this ministry opportunity. I haven't eaten in over a month though so I am longing for food and longing to go home.
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Hot off the press! This is a video documentary made by Jeff Lee, the missionary that stuck by Dr Doug's side until he was safely stateside. Jeff shot video throughout the shooting aftermath and is finished editing!
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Here's the full story.
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