Missions Blog

May 30

Guatemala May 2013 Mission Update #9 – Physical Therapy Round 2

Today’s update comes from second-timer to Achi land, Becky King… Mother, wife, physical therapist, and missionary. She and her mother Lynne have been doing home visits for Physical Therapy treatment this week.

Becky writes:

This is my second trip to Guatemala, and not much has changed.  Poverty is everywhere, financially and spiritually. The need is bigger than anyone can fill, except, of course, God.

I spent my first two days visiting patients too sick to leave their homes.  It was truly shocking to witness this level of poverty firsthand.  I visited a boy that I had met last year named Kevin who photo copy 2has spina bifida.  Due to multiple open wounds, I was sadly sure that Kevin would not survive another year because he spent most of his day dragging his disfigured legs behind him on the dirt   photo copy floor.  As any healthcare provider can tell you, open wounds in a dirty  environment is a perfect breeding ground for a life threatening infection, especially for someone without access to appropriate antibiotics, or access to clean water, for that matter.  This year, I was relieved to see that Kevin was doing much better, and even more so nophoto copy 5w that we were able to provide him with a pediatric walker that will help him get off the ground and walk.  I am so thankful that in God’s sovereignty He allowed me to see Kevin again, and be able to help him in a way that I couldn’t last year.

Doing PT here reminds me of a story I heard: there was a man who walked the beach every morning throwing starfish back into the ocean that had been washed up by the tide.  One day, somebody asked him, “why are you doing that? There are hundreds of starfish on this beach alone, and thousands on beaches all over the world.  How can you possibly make a difference?  “. The man in response, picks up another starfish and threw it back into the ocean, “I made a difference for that one”.

I know that when I am feeling frustrated and overwhelmed photowith the shear immensity of the need that I am not called to fix the problem, I am called to be obedient to God’s word.  To simply humble myself and serve a people whom God loves in a place that God created.  He is sovereign and he is working out His perfect plan.   He loves all His people and desires them to know Him.  So if the question is “why am I here”?  The answer is Mark 16:15. “Go into all the the world and preach the Gospel to all creation”.  He said “Go”, so I go.  He said “Serve”, so I serve.

As God uses our team to impact people, it is clear that He is busy impacting our team as well.  Please continue to pray for team unity, for healthy hearts and bodies as they serve, and for transformed lives both in the team and the Achi… All for the glory of our great God!