Perspectives (III)

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 29-06-2009

I’ll just summarize the events of Wednesday and Thursday from our Guatemala medical mission trip.  During both days, we had our medical camps in Caparja, and El Tesoro, respectively.  The evening meeting on Wednesday was in Caparja, and the evening meeting on Thursday was cancelled and instead combined with the medical clinic in El Tesoro.

After prayer on Wednesday morning, and introduction of the medical team, the people of Caparja at the clinic were first evaluated by two of our nurses, Sisters Rose and Elizabeth, and vital signs were completed there.  Then, depending on their diagnoses, the patients were led to Dr. Roy or my “exam room.”  Each of us had an interpreter with us to understand our patients.  The patients were then sent to Pastor Abraham and Brother Johnson for spiritual counseling, the Gospel message and prayer. Medicines that were prescribed then were picked up at the pharmacy which was controlled by our Bro. Babu and Sis. Leelamma, husband and wife team.


Both Wednesday and Thursday clinics were set up in this way in both clinic locations.  It went very well.  Diego, one of the translators, said this was one of the easiest clinics he attended.  He has seen a lot of traumatic cases come in for treatment in the past.  People walked for miles to come to the clinic.  There were 350 tickets supplied to the patients in order to come in to the clinic.  We ended up seeing a total of at least 750 people during both days.   The majority of the patients need education on prevention of diseases.  They cannot afford to have “follow up” care.  One young girl I saw has had a busted ear drum for months.  I gave her antibiotics for the infection, but told her and her mother the importance of an evaluation by a specialist.  She has already had some hearing loss.  They told me they could not afford to go to Guatemala City for treatment.  What is the fate of that young 16 year old girl?

There were so many like her, of all various ages.  My heart just broke for them.  No one is drinking enough water or taking in enough calories.  I do not know how the young women who are nursing their babies can sustain themselves with so little calories and food they take in. 

El equipo/the team
Aleyamma Chacko, Anil Babu, Varghese Chacko, Rosi Raju, Pastor Abraham, Roy Oommen, Elizabeth Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Susan Mathews, Diego F. Cruz G, David Stephen Byrd

Perspectives have changed for me, especially when I look at my current practice.  I think that my life is hard, but it is nothing compared to the trials of these people.  At least now I know some ways I can help them, and I intend to do so.  Please keep the people of Guatemala in prayers.  May God move in this place!!

Because every child matters!


Perspectives (II)

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 26-06-2009

On Tuesday morning of our medical mission trip, the team split off into separate groups and with an interpreter went door to door in the town of Caparja sharing the Gospel.  In my group, I shared with a few families the hope I had in God in spite of the tribulations and “life”  in general.  I encouraged the different families to come to the crusade meetings, where I would share more about Philip’s life and testimony. 
Pastor Abraham shared the message of salvation, and one woman accepted Christ into her heart.  I do not have the experience of sharing the actual Gospel message, so I learned a lot from Pastor that day.  I also have the desire now to win souls for Christ by sharing the Gospel.
There were thunderclouds and lightning in the evening.  Our team gathered together to pray that it would not rain, since we have an open air meeting.  It was a powerful time of prayer. 
Tuesday evening was our first night of the crusades/evangelistic meetings.  Though the sky looked like rain, and though we could hear thunder and see lightning, not one drop of rain fell at the area of the meetings.  We could see the rain and clouds up further on the mountains.  Pastor Jaime, the local pastor, preached a message of salvation.  Please pray for this country, whose primary religion is Catholicism.  Though many people there believe “in Jesus,”  they do not have the knowledge of salvation, and that Christ is the only way, the truth, and the life. 
God bless!!


Perspectives (one)

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 23-06-2009

Hey everybody!!  I am back from a one week medical mission trip to
Guatemala.  It was unbelievable, awesome, eye-opening, and heartbreaking all in
one.  Like Schwarzenegger, I’ll be back!!!

I’ll try to sum up day by day miracles and happenings throughout the next
few blogs. 

First, thanks to all of you who kept our team in prayer.  God was truly
with us, and we could sense His presence each step of the way.  When we arrived
in Guatemala City on Monday, the customs official would not let us clear because
we had brought medicine into the country without permission from the Guatemalan
consulate.  Our missions team leader had traveled to Atlanta to the Guatemalan
consulate and clarified that no permission/documentation was necessary for this
medical missions trip.  He tried to explain this to the customs official, but
she was insistent that this is the proper procedure and documentation should
come from Guatemala, not the USA. Few of us were talking to her, the others were
on the sidelines praying.  What would happen?
After she examined few of our suitcases, the medicine bottles, she finally
allowed us to go on through customs.  We obtained the address of contacts of
their Ministry of Health to clarify this matter in future missions trips.
After our four hour ride into the remote region of Chiquimula, we settled
in to our hotels.  The countryside and areas all reminded us of Kerala, India. 
It was a beautiful, scenic place.  We ate supper at a KFC competitor, which had
pretty good fried chicken, for someone who does not eat fried chicken.
We returned to our hotels and prepared for Tuesday, a big day on the
mission field, and the first night of the crusade meetings.