Mission Teams Return from Costa Rica and Guatemala
In March, members of the Guatemala Medical Mission Team saw nearly 675 patients over the course of the week, diagnosing conditions, dispensing needed medication, and referring patients for follow-up care. The team also gave out 250 pairs of glasses, and distributed clothing, including hand-knitted hats and school supplies as part of their Vacation Bible School program.
Don Wall, chair of PVUMC Missions Ministry Team and head of the Guatemala Mission Team, wrote this email from the mission field to mission team stakeholders on Wednesday, March 9, 2016:
Dear Friends —
We began seeing patients by 8:30 am, and today was our busiest day thus far. We saw 178 patients in the medical clinic, in addition to the patients in the eye clinic, and more than 100 kids participated in the Vacation Bible School projects. One of the day’s highlights (below) was the breaking of a piñata which Mike Crevelt found in a local store, and which was filled with candy. The kids took turns, blindfolded, trying to break the piñata with a stick, and ultimately did, to the delight of all. Operating the clinic in a residence allowed us to have a first-hand view of rural Guatemalan living, and also to meet and talk with the extended family in the residence, all of whom are now our friends. — Don Wall, Guatemala Mission Team
He also sent photos of villagers waiting to see doctors and nurses, and of the children waiting to hit the piñata:
In Costa Rica, members of the team read to children at the Hogar Metodista, an orphanage currently housing 23 children from 6 months to 12-years-old. The team also worked on the multi-purpose center for the home, which will include everything from classrooms to a gym. A first-time mission team participant said that work was “the hardest work I’ve done in my life.”
The story of Daniel in the lions’ den came alive in stories and crafts during Bible schools with children in both Costa Rica and Guatemala, and children received school supplies and clothing.
“Both the hard work and the joy of young children have been a magical mix…our Lord has guided us to this place.” — George and Elaine Heredia,
Costa Rica mission team
Here are some photos from their experience: