The surgery team has been cranking this week with 33 surgeries completed so far. Today is their last day for doing surgeries and they have 16 scheduled for today. Pray today that they can complete this huge task since the most surgeries done in one day so far has been 13. The surgery team feels they have clicked as a unit and the speed and quality at which they are now working should allow them to complete all scheduled surgeries.
Yesterday the village medical team went to Little Belize, which is a community of a little over 2,500 Mennonites. At first the interactions were awkward due to the extreme cultural differences between us and a community that lives similar to the American Amish. Our vans pulled up right in the middle of the crowd of horse-drawn buggies and we got to work. By the end of the day we were old friends and we got many of them laughing and had some good conversations with the ones that could speak English. There were not nearly as many people that need to see the doctors as in the other two villages so far (177 in one and 182 in the other) but we still had a full day and felt we were able to serve the community and connect with them as well. Pray for the team today as we visit our last village of the week and that God brings us the people who really need the help we can offer.
Thank you all so much for your prayers this week because it has been going smoother than many of us anticipated.
You are truly a saint for doing all you do. Your mission is clear and it was wonderful participating. Emotional, powerful, spiritual, humbling….and life changing. These are the adjectives I’ve shared with others since our return. Many tears yesterday at services at our church. Can’t wait to share , inform and educate others at our Mission Moment during service and possibly a luncheon to follow. Ever felt like a fisher of men…..collecting more potential workers for HIM? Can’t wait .. I hope all works out for next year.
Thanks Ron, It was sure great to have you and all the new team members this year.
I had a conversation with Dr. susan Stedje about your partnership yesterday. I love doing mission trips and would be interested in participating on your trip next year but I need info. I have limited medical experience…worked as a Nurse Aide for several years before my ordination as a United Methodist pastor. I am a good people person and take direction well. I am presently working with extension ministry for UMC at Goodwill in south eastern Ohio, providing mentoring services for at-risk youth. Please send info, if possible.
Curiously enough, my Ordination banner says “Make Me A Blessing.”
Great work you are all doing – continued blessings and travel safe coming home
Our thoughts any prayers are with you…16 surgeries in one day…incredible!! Good job to everyone involved in getting to SO MANY people that need your help. Take care and have a safe trip home!