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Apr 3

Guatemala March 2010 Medical and Dental Trip

2012 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Rabinal Achi,Trips

From Paul Edwards at a Lord’s Supper Dinner in the Spring of 2010:

This mission trip to Guatemala consisted of North American and Guatemalan providers who, over five days, provided medical care to over 200 people. Many ailments were addressed including dehydration from a lack of clean drinking water, skin infections, fevers and nutritional deficiencies. Most of these ailments were prominent in children. As you eat this delicious meal tonight, pray for the children of these small villages who may only get a tortilla and a half bowl of soup for their single meal of the day. For these little ones their daily bread is often no more than just that. Because of such poor nutrition, many children in this part of the world look much younger than they actually are. Impress on your children how blessed they are to have much more than their daily bread and ask the Lord to use them to bless those with so little. When you put them to bed tonight ask them how they could be a part of helping these little children who continually go without many of their basic needs met. They will probably surprise you.

On this trip, we also provided about 400 dental extractions for nearly 200 people who had been suffering severe pain. Additionally, we provided dental sealants for about 50 teeth, a few fillings, and hundreds of fluoride varnishes to help prevent future decay.

In the beautiful village of Chichalom, Dr. Jacobo and our dental team started a preventive program to a study group of 35  2 – 8 year old kids.  Pray for the success of that program and for our goals to provide dental sealants to thousands of children in the years to come and thus prevent tooth decay and pain.

It’s important to mention how much the people of Guatemala help with all of our efforts to serve. On most trips to rural villages we had between 12-19 local Achis coming along to help, many of whom were dynamic young adults. None of them had any medical or dental backgrounds, just a love for people and a love for serving.

Lastly, please know that every one of YOU can do one of three things to help spread God’s glory broader and deeper in Guatemala: 1) Pray for those who go, that they would bring a message of hope and salvation to the lost souls. 2) Give to missions and in so doing help us and others who go to provide needed medical attention, dental care and clean water, and 3) Go on a trip to see how God might use you to further His kingdom. Remember, you don’t have to be a medical or dental provider or have a water engineering background. You can be used by God in so many ways on these trips. Trust me, you will reap countless blessings and be touched in a way that will bring tremendous joy to your life.