Church On The Roll
by Decarlos Kinds
'Church On The Roll' is the name that the volunteers have affectionately
given the bus ministry which has made the 1650 mile trek from the B.U.S.E.S.
Int'l headquarters in Amherst, Ohio to Piedras Negras, Mexico up to four
times each year for the last nine years. Northeast Ohio's
Church On The Rise is the Spirit filled, non-denominational church from
which the nick-name was adapted. This 'rolling flock' is shepherded by
Rev. Norm Beetler, president of both B.U.S.E.S. International and U-GO
International Ministries. In December 1988, after 27 years of traditional
church pastoring, Rev. Beetler saw a vision of a school bus converted into
a clinic. This vision was the catalyst from which the bus ministries
B.U.S.E.S. Int'l takes old school buses, strips, refurbishes and equips
them as dental and medical clinics for use in the mission fields by established
missionaries in Third World Countries such as: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador,
Honduras and Haiti. With the full-time aid and expertise of Tom Szychowicz,
electrician and independent contractor, Rev. Beetler converts, at a cost
of $12,000 - $15,000 each, run down school buses into havens which share
healing, heaven, and hope. The faith and dedication of these two visionary
men of God along with their respective wives and devoted volunteers, are
making the fulfillment of Christ's great commission possible for many missionaries.
(Go ye therefore, and
teach all nations...Matthew 28:19a) The twenty-fourth clinic to be
donated is currently being equipped with two dental stations for a
twenty year missionary dentist in the Honduras.
Each traveling clinic converted by B.U.S.E.S. Int'l is the love and
workmanship of Rev. Beetler and Mr. Szychowicz. This ministering duo
also heads the entourage of professional and lay volunteers who likewise
take Christ's great commission to 'Go ye...' personally and make the journey
of love to Mexico with U-GO Int'l. U-GO Int'l is an interdenominational
ministry which takes volunteer teams of doctors, dentists, ministers and
caring people, both young and old just like you, to the forgotten people
living in the garbage dumps of Mexico.
Each clinic is equipped with: a self-contained generator, air compressor,
an on board lavatory, dental chair, medical examining table and a 100 gal.
water tank. Large canopies draped from each side of the bus create four
ministering stations where U-GO volunteers: cut hair, wash hair, bathe
babies, distribute fresh, gently worn clothing, toiletries, food, and Spanish
tracts and Bibles. Of course, all of these immediate physical needs are
met after Rev. Beetler meets their spiritual need. The message of salvation
and hope in Jesus Christ is shared with the aid of an interpreter.
From the moment the buses arrive (around nine o'clock a.m.) until they
depart (approximately five thirty p.m.) they are a hub of constant activity.
Two years ago, the first pediatrician to join U-GO Int'l was Dr. Jaya
Shah. "I read an article in the Plain Dealer about what Rev. Beetler is
doing and I contacted him to see if I could help. I've tried to help other
ministries, but I wasn't allowed because I am Hindu." states Dr. Shah.
"Going makes me feel good about myself. It makes me feel like I'm using
my education. Were treated between 60-80 children for ring worm, lice,
pneumonia and parasites." Loaded with samples from colleagues and
pharmaceutical reps, and a giving heart, Dr. Shah spreads her love of people
in addition to the medical care. Along with Dr. Shah, several Baptist dentists
have accompanied U-GO Int'l to Mexico in the past. In April 1998,
a Jewish dentist will go as well. There is always room for you!
Lee Szychowicz, Tom's wife, has gone on twelve trips with U-GO Int'l.
"I am now enrolled in nursing school so I can better help the people",
Lee states as she pairs gently worn juvenile outfits (to be smuggled across
the border) in one of forty suitcases donated from Canada. Lee continues,
"They need so much. Everyone comes back home so thankful. In Mexico, they
don't always have clean water, so they don't bathe or brush their teeth
regularly. Also due to the water shortage, mothers can't use cloth diapers,
and disposable ones are at a premium. They hang used diapers out to dry
and be re-used when they can. Small children don't have access to juvenile
underpants and often they wear their parent's. It's so sad."
Two years ago, U-GO Int'l started giving shoe box Christmas gifts filled
with toiletries and trinkets along with the gift of the gospel. U-GO volunteers
such as Lee, all agree that "On a mission trip, Christmas is everyday!
You feel like Santa Claus every day down there." They were able to distribute
3400 shoe boxes for Christmas 1996. Their goal this year is 5000. If you,
your church, or organization would like to take part in this ministry and
help send Christmas to someone who really needs to experience Christ's
love, contact U-GO Int'l for a copy of the shoe box list. Beginning November
28th, volunteers are needed to help organize and fill the shoe boxes at
the U-GO headquarters in Amherst, Ohio.
There is a need for your help in these ministries both here and abroad,
whether you are a medical professional, ordained minister, or just a caring
individual who wants to really make a difference! Monetary support, like
that received from Foursquare Gospel in Amherst, Church on the North Coast,
and Bay Presbyterian is used to build clinics, purchase food in Mexico
and the overall continuance of the ministry of spreading the gospel of
For more information about donating shoe boxes, volunteering your time
at the headquarters, traveling to Mexico with U-GO Int'l, or providing
Rev. Norm Beetler- President
Int'l & U-GO Int'l
Ave., Apt. #2