Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Honduras Day 4

Tuesday June 4, 2013
El Gavilan was founded in 1978 and has approximately 200 people. They have 59 students in the school which is about 12 km away. The roads to get to the village are almost impassible in heavy rain and caused us to leave early again, unfortunately, to ensure a safe arrival home.   

Nury (our Honduran director) gave her cross away today to an elderly woman who approached her and stated "I've always wanted a cross just like that!" This stole Nury's heart and as she placed the cross around the lady's neck, she explained to her that her responsibility is now to serve God and her people since that is the purpose of bearing the cross. There is a midwife in the village, but in order to promote woman getting prenatal care and delivering at a hospital, she does not actively practice.

Medical clinic saw 125 people today. We had mixed assessments of the children, some saw very healthy, well-nourished children, while other stations had multiple congenital heart defects. We saw more GI upset symptoms today, as opposed to respiratory from yesterday.

The eye clinic saw 12 patients, deworming 58, fluoride 15, and dentistry 10 with 10 extractions. Although we had to leave early we felt good to know that many were still seen, many with moderately healthy conditions, as well as such a happy vibe from the village. As a whole, the children were smiling more and were more interactive with the team; seeing the smiles always makes it a good day!

Honduras Day 3

Day 3, June 3  
Today was our first journey to the village - Piedra de Afilar.  The village was founded in 1945 and has 145 families; they are working on getting electricity, but no success yet.  The closest water source is about 14km away, and the closest health center is 8 km away which is equivalent to 1 hour by foot.  60% of the teenagers are pregnant, one family seen today was a 23 year old mom with 5 children ages 1 ½, 3, 5, 7, and 9.  There only source of income is through agriculture-corn, coffee and beans.  To get there by bus from the Barnabas House took about an hour up winding roads.  As you could imagine, getting to the closest city - Las Vegas is quite difficult.  The mountain top where the village is located is simply majestic, above the clouds.  Unfortunately those clouds opened up and a rainstorm poured on us midday which made us close the clinic before every one was seen.  Our Honduran team did a great job keeping their eyes on the weather and holding out as long as possible, ensuring we were able to get home safely. 

Medical clinic saw a total of 178 patients at 4 stations.  Most families had at least 3 children with multiple ailments.  Cough, cold, and ear infections were the chief complaints.  We did refer 4 patients to Dra. Moncada for the extended care program.  Pharmacy did a great job keeping up with the flow and making sure our stations were fully stocked.  Our translator, Kindle, gave her cross to a 9 month old girl who stole her heart and ironically found the cross to be helpful as a teething ring!

The dental clinic saw 18 patients and extracted 33 teeth.  Everyone at the clinic, including the dentist, was out of their element.  Sasha helped administer anesthesia after a quick lessen and proved to be indispensable.  Marisa was cleaning instruments keeping everything going for work to be done.  Her personality and joy helped calm many patients who were afraid.  Nick, the dentist, gave his cross to two young children, both brothers.  Each brother was extraordinarily brave, but very fearful during treatment.  They showed true courage.

The deworming/fluoride station treated combined 130 patients.  Brandy gave her cross away today to an elderly woman-age 82- in the village who brought laughter and joy to our team as well as to the village.  
The eye clinic saw 17 patients and gave away 23 glasses (both reading and prescription).  They were recently seen 6 months prior, so not as many were in need today.  The elderly woman that received Brandy's cross was fitted for prescription glasses and no longer needed help to walk around; she refused to take them off!!

Although we left the village early, the village leader was very thankful and said prayers for our safe travel home.  Tomorrow we anticipate a special 'Foundation Breakfast' where we get to share a meal with the staff  of Funda├žion Amigos de Bernabe.  Then we will head off to El Gavilan. More to come!

Honudras Day 2

Day 2:

After a good nights sleep, we all woke up Sunday morning to a wonderful breakfast prepared by Sandra and Margarita; pancakes with a homemade pineapple jelly. Delicious!  Soon after breakfast we had devotions and a commissioning ceremony.  This was an incredible start to our mission journey.  We each were given a cross (donated by Patti's father), anointed with oil on our hands, and blessed by prayer.   The cross is meant to be shared  sometime during the week with someone through whom Christ is revealed.

Nury, the Honduran director, took us on a tour of the garden (farm), the Foundation and the Barnabas house extended care program .  We went to bi-lingual church and witnessed the many faces of Christ; one in particular stands out.  A Honduran man, who had been in prison for two years, was released not long ago.  He was invited to church, not sure of what to expect.  With the help of our translator Kindle, he was able to find the courage to pray with the ministers of the church and find his way to Christ.  Sasha, seeing Christ in this man, gave her cross to him in celebration of his awakening. 

 After lunch, we prepared for the mission by collecting our instruments and sorting our medications.  We ate dinner not at Barnabas house, but a fellow Americans restaurant near the lake.  Nightly devotions were short, but a very sweet ending to this special day.  Tomorrow we travel to Piedra de Afilar where we will set up the first clinic for this week.  Please continue to prayerfully support us on our first day of medical service.  More to come!

Honduras Day 1

Day 1

Despite the early trip the airport (4:30 AM), we made it safely to Newark for our connection to Honduras. We arrived in Honduras ahead of schedule only to find ourselves missing a teammate-Kindle-and our bus. No worries...both showed up! We arrived at the Casa de Bernabe around 3:30 PM (Honduras time) and soaked up the beautiful scenery. An amazing decorated dinner table was laid out for us. Chicken, rice and vegetables were on the menu for this evening, and didn't last long! We shared in a quick but meaningful devotional and then it was PARTY TIME! A delicious cake was prepared for us by the Honduran staff for Hadley's birthday. Glad to report showers were taken, but no electricity for now. More to come.

Buenos noches from the Farmville Team in Honduras.

Nick Schroeder
Lauren Johnson
Josh Threatt
Jennifer Roller
Patti Wagner
Dave Wagner
Brandi Hogan
Jeff Kinne
Marisa Hume
Hadley Sporbert
Sasha King
Anne Mcmullen
Maureen Neal
Gale Kennon
Kindle Higgins
Jackie Covolo