Dr. Jon Simpson, and wife Cathy, returned back to Guatemala with me from my time of doing fundraising in the US on May 7. We spent the night in the capital and then traveled back to the ministry center the following day. This is the second time that Dr. Simpson has come to work alongside an orthopedic surgeon that we have connected him with in our local area. In 5 days they did 15 surgeries together. This included:
1. 3 children that needed rods put into their legs.
a. Josue (9 years old) with osteogenesis. They did one leg now, both upper and lower. They will do the other leg in January.
b. Wilmer (6 years old) was run over by a car and his one leg was shorter due to that.
c. Kimberly (17 years old) had had a rod put in her leg 5 years ago. She needed a longer rod put in now due to growth.
2. 7 knee replacements
3. 2 knee “scope” surgeries
4. Put a rod in a leg from a gunshot wound and bone graft from pelvis.
5. Replaced a broken hip
6. Fixed a broken elbow
Dr. Barrientos, from Chiquimula, has just recently completed the construction on his private 7 bed hospital and took us for a tour of it. It still needs to be equipped. Dr. Simpson and another American doctor are putting together the necessary equipment and we talked about how all of this will be transported down to Guatemala. It was very “interesting” that what one doctor was able to find, the other didn’t and what the other one found was not duplicated by the first. Coincidence? I don’t think so!
Dr. Barrientos is willing to open up the use of his hospital to do pro-bono surgeries for people who cannot pay. He is also in agreement of different kinds of doctors coming to use the facility. On my last trip to the US, there were two doctors that expressed interest in coming down to do cleft lips and pallets. This new outreach has the potential of reaching out and blessing so many people who have no other resources to deal with their surgical needs.
Dr. Simpson is teaching Dr. Barrientos new techniques and they work wonderfully together. For the last two visits, they have been using another private hospital where the families had to cover the hospital costs. By the next scheduled visit in January, we hope that we will be able to use Dr. Barrientos’ new facility and be able to do their surgeries without hospital or doctor fees.
If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, we want to set up small surgical teams that would bring their surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical nurses, post op care nurses, etc. Please communicate with me at email@example.com.
Have you been on a short term trip to Guatemala in the last year or so?????? Write us and tell us how it impacted your life and how you enjoyed it! We would like to start a new area that shares these “testimonies” with others in the hopes of motivating them to come on a team. You first timers can identify with the fact that you just “don’t know what you are getting into” and there are always a lot of questions. You can also share how it really turned out and what kind of an experience it was for you. I know that these short term trips can absolutely change people’s lives! Will you help us to encourage others to take the step to have this experience????? Send your testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org and let others be blessed through your experience!
Are you interested in bringing a team down in 2016 or 2017? The below chart shows the team(s) already scheduled and dates that are still available. If you are interested in bringing a team to fill one of the available time periods contact us.
|DATES||TEAM FROM||PERSON/GROUP||ACTIVITIES PLANNED|
|Oct 17-27, 2018||Mount Clemens, MI||Bob and Maureen Baker||Construction|
|Nov1-10, 2018||CERT (Crossville, TN)||Bruce Rainwater||Medical/Dental|
|Nov 15-24, 2018||Graford, TX||James Turner||VBS and misc. activities|
|Jan 3-12, 2019||Chattanooga, TN||Jon & Kristina Manley||Medical|
|Jan 17-26, 2019||Crossville, TN||Ed Camera||Medical|
|Feb 7-16, 2019||Brown City, MI||Omard United Methodist Church/Becky Lonnborg||SSP annual school pack distribution|
|Feb 22-Mar 2, 2019||Servant Ministries||Kim Slowinski||Misc. outreaches|
|Mar 14-23, 2019||Dates Held Pending Confirmation|
|Jun 6-15, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Jun 20-29, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Jul 11-20, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Oct 17-26, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Oct 31-Nov 9, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Nov 15-24, 2019||Michigan||Shane Hunter||VBS and misc. activities|
I have been communicating with a few more groups that haven't set their dates yet, but want to encourage you to get your time slot set aside. These short term trips can impact their participants in a dramatic way. Take advantage of exposing your people to an opportunity to "experience missions"!
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