Amigos! We are all now fluent in Espanol and ready to come back home! The people of Chanco have impacted us all differently, and in one way or another, they have changed our hearts.
After breakfast, we re-packed the medicines and supplies; but before we left the hotel, we took a quick walk around Jocatan. The team piled into the vans for our death defying road journey back to Guatemala City. We raced lightening fast motorcycles, broke through crowded streets and navigated around unexpected detours. The ride was full of laughter and tears as we continued to grow closer together as a team…a family. Listening to testimonies and recalling our time in Chanco made the road trip enjoyable. However, we had to say goodbye to some of our translators. Specifically, it was hard to see Hector leave. He was really invested and curious throughout the whole week. He was genuine in his actions to help others physically get the help they needed and to help them understand the Gospel. We made it safely to the City and decided to walk to dinner. No one was injuried crossing the street and we had a peaceful dinner. We continued to laugh, talk and be merry. There is nothing like sitting down to a warm meal with family after such an amazing week.
We ended the day as we started it…with thoughts about courage. Our morning devotional spoke about being unbroken in the face of adversity and we ended the day with a challenge to be missionaries in our everyday lives. May we live our lives with power, love and self-discipline…to be strong and courageous no matter what!
Love y’all and see ya soon!
We have completed Day one and day two of our medical and dental clinic up on the mountains in beautiful Chanco. Our friendships are growing and we know that God is definitely in this place. We have seen around 65 people in clinic each day. The people here are beautiful and full of love.
Dr. Hook tried to invent a new dental cleanser as he decided to brush his teeth this morning with antifungal cream instead of his minty fresh toothpaste…. yikes!!
Heather and Justin sampled some fruit from one of the trees of a house visit we were able to do today. The people were so gracious in allowing us to visit their home.
Tim has done wonders alleviating back pain, shoulder pain, and other joint and muscle pains with his adjustments using his skills as a chiropractor. He is a huge asset to our team.
Allen and Dr. Hook, along with the help of Ron, Charlie, Heather, and Jennifer, have been pulling teeth one by one….to see these people have faith in our dental team and to see their boldness and braveness….it inspires us to be bold and brave in our faith and to share the great news of Christ.
Eric, Justin, Kelly, Nancy, Anne H, Anne B and Derek have been hard at work in the medical clinic and pharmacy providing medical care and medications for the people of Chanco.
As we look down the beautiful mountains, we realize that the people here are definitely not poor…in fact, they are rich in love and happiness. The smiles on their faces…the hugs and love that they have shared with us is just hermosa (amazing)!!!!
Tomorrow is another day…and yes, the rooster is still crowing at 2:45am…..
Ok everyone so sorry it has taken so long to update. We have been trying to figure out how to use the internet! Hope you enjoy the pictures. We had a good group of people come in today. Thanks for all the prayers please keep them coming. We are all having a good time getting to know everyone on our team and look forward to see what God has in store for us. Our feather friend may become dinner if he decides 2:45 should be our wake up call, AGAIN………. Heather
She needed a pillow.
End of first day… Please ask Mrs. Anne about the van ride..
Packing the goods.
Our first dinner.
Leaving the airport.
After our first dinner.
The Guatemala Medical Team has made it safely to Chancó and are hopefully ministering in the village as I write! The internet at the hotel has been down, so that’s why we’ve not gotten a blog update already. Hopefully, the internet will be working soon, and we’ll get a report from Guatemala. Until then, continue to lift up this team, prayer warriors! We so badly want people to know and experience the joy and salvation that only Christ can give. Pray specifically that the will recognize their physical needs as outward representations of their spiritual needs!
Until the whole world hears!
Team Members: (back row, left to right) Ron Stroh, Tim Harris, Dr. Hook, Charlie Price, Derek Beatty, Eric Matheson
(front row, left to right) Heather Waldrop, Kelly Hylton, Jennifer Beatty, Anne Hook, Anne Bond, Nancy Stone
Not pictured: Alan Furness & Justin Dean
In just a few short days, FBC and LifePark will be sending out another faithful medical team to the village of Chancó in Guatemala! This team is packed with experienced medical professionals and willing servants who are excited about ministering to the Guatemalan people. Dr. Hook and Mrs. Anne Hook will be leading this team of 14 together, and we cannot wait to see how the Lord will use this team to build and further relationships with the people in Chancó that we love so much!
Ways to PRAY for this team:
- Pray that many people would come to the clinic in Chancó–the more that come to the clinic, the more lives this team will get to touch with the joy of Christ!
- Pray for clear opportunities for the team to share the gospel to the patients and their families.
- Pray that there would be no issues with the transportation of medicine and medical supplies into Guatemala.
- Pray for stamina and endurance as the team works long days. Pray against sickness that could prevent team members from ministering effectively in the village.
- Pray that the Lord would open the eyes of the people in Chancó to the TRUTH of the gospel! We desperately want to see an indigenous, bible believing and teaching church in the village!
- Pray for the development of our relationship and partnership with David and Regina White–the IMB Missionaries whom we serve under in Guatemala.
We know that prayer works! Please lift this team up for the next two weeks as they prepare and leave on Sunday, January 25th. They’ll return on Saturday, January 31st. The blog will be updated frequently throughout their time in Guatemala, so stay tuned to see what the Lord is up to in Chancó!
Thanks in advance for praying!