Archive for June 5, 2016

Jun 5

A Note from the Guatemala Medical Team

2016 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi,Trips
Alaina and Amie are two TEAM nurses from the States working in Guatemala City with Iglesia Reforma and have come along as part of our Medical team.  Alaina writes of their experience helping a dear friend of many at DSC after a long day of clinics (50+ patients seen by our team):

Gods timing is perfect.
Walking home from dinner Friday night, belly’s full from Maria’s delicious home cooked Guatemalan meals, Dr. Jacobo said he had to do a home visit. After hearing that his patient was a mother who recently delivered a premature baby, we decided to all go with him. Little did this new mother know but God was not only sending to her a wonderful Doctor, but also a pediatric nurse and neonatal nurse. Thanks be to God, the baby was not having respiratory issues and seemed quite healthy despite the fact that she had not been eating well. The mother was experiencing severe discomfort with feeding and was in tears from pain and lack of sleep. So for the next two hours, we spent time educating the mother and her sister on care for a premature baby, care for herself, how to handle her discomfort and feed her little baby. What a time of God’s grace! For me, he allowed me to spend time with the people I am most passionate about helping, moms and premature babies. After living here in Guatemala for six months, I had not been able to experience this kind of work much. As for the mother, some much needed education, reassurance and love. We spent a time of tearful prayer together, asking God to provide healing, growth, peace and rest. It was a little piece of heaven in that little dirt-floored room, gathered around each other, bringing our hearts to God.

Jun 5

Guatemala Team Update 2016

Here is a field update of all the work happening in Guatemala through the locals and the Medical Team

Pastor Marcelino at Nazarene Buena Vista9MedTeam16On Thursday, we were able to give Pastor Marcelino a MacArthur study bible, a book from the gospel coalition packing hope program, as well as an bible stick and mobile speaker with the Achi New Testament on it. Pray that God’s word bears fruit in Buena Vista because of its proclamation of the gospel in word and the affirmation of the gospel in deed. Pastor Marcelino attends our pastors trainings and is looking forward to the next one coming in under two weeks.

Thursday’s Medical Clinic at Buena Vista6MedTeam167MedTeam16MedTeam164MedTeam163MedTeam16

On Friday, the Medical Team heading to San Francisco to hold medical clinics there for the day.

Greetings from Achi land!  Today we wanted to write to give an overview of a typical medical clinic day in pastor David’s Baptist church in San Francisco: Iglesia Bautista La Luz Del Mundo. Thank you all for praying for us while we serve alongside the Achi for Jesus!22MedTeam16

 After a bumpy 30-45 minute ride to the church, including crossing one river (yes, crossing it without a bridge, crossing it), we hustle to set up the private consultation rooms and the pharmacy. Pastor David greets the first patients then prays with clinic workers and patients asking God to use this service to bring glory to His name and to help those who are hurting. Ultimately, we long to point those who don’t know Jesus to His compassion and grace in the cross.
Patients wait on the porch of the church in the shade listening to the New Testament in Achi as it plays from a faith comes by hearing bible stick. Nurse Elena, from Iglesia Reforma, takes vital signs along with Pastor David’s son-in-law, Polo.
After all of the vitals are taken, each patient sees Dr. Brent and Nurse Amie or Nurse Jacque, or Dr. Jacobo and Dr. Mark. This is not Dr. Marks first time to Guatemala for medical missions but it is his first time to Achi land. Mark was able to use his specialty in cardiology along with an ultra sound machine which is new to our clinics. Just yesterday Mark was able to use it to diagnose a heart condition for a small child. We are especially thankful to his practice for donating the machine so that it can be used long term here in Guatemala! 66MedTeam16
While waiting to see a doctor or waiting for their prescription, patients spend time with pastor David or one of the younger believers. Pastor David offers counsel, prayer, and of course the gospel. 1010MedTeam161212MedTeam16
In between tasks and patients each of us find time to greet folks, make friends with the children by drawing, playing, or reading the Jesus Storybook Bible. Rodrigo spends time counseling young believers, like Carlos, who has recently come to fully embrace his sinfulness and the gospel that saves him from it. Carlos helped last year in our clinics. He began studying the Bible with Eder and others this past year and is scheduled to be baptized this coming Sunday! Our hope is to attend and celebrate the gospel with them.
It is such a blessing to see God at work across cultural, linguistic, and geographic boundaries. Love takes many forms when expressed across these boundaries in the name of Jesus and we pray God gets the glory. Over the next few days, we will be tested with fatigue and likely some rising culture stress. Our voices may not be able to communicate all that we want to say, but thankfully the Achi believers are here with us on the front lines, relationally to share Jesus and give comfort from God’s word.  Even among newly established friendships, the unity the gospel brings to his people is clear. Jornadas (clinics) can only help push back the affects of the fall temporarily.  Our deepest hope is that God will use the Good News of His Son’s life, death, and resurrection to solve the eternal problem caused by sin and death and the fall.