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Jun 4

Medical Missions Team’s Final Days in Guatemala

2018 | by Josiah | Category: Field Updates,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi,Trips

The 2018 Guatemala Medical Mission trip has come to an end.  Not before the team spent a couple more long, hard-working days since the last update.  Thursday, May 30th, the team had made the short, steep drive to Chicholom, the views were stunning. They did the last clinic setup for this trip since the facility holding all the supplies could be locked.

Surrounded by ChildrenSophia Surrounded by Children

Sophia, a teenager who was here last year, once again had a wonderful time playing with the children. Some of the children even remembered her name.

Breathing TreatmentChild Receiving a Nebulizer Treatment in Chicholom Clinic

On Friday, the team’s last clinic was a very busy half day. They had to say good-bye to their Achi friends that they served with before parting ways.  Through slow traffic the DSC team headed to Antigua where they spent the following day debriefing, resting, and being tourists.

20180601_063502The Breakfast Table for the Entire Medical Team (DSC Team & Guatemalans)

Thank you so much for your prayers. They have had safe travel and great success working even in difficult conditions. After a long day of travel, the team arrived back in Albuquerque Sunday afternoon. Please pray for them as they try to catch up on rest and sleep after long hard days and most of them have responsibilities to get back to tomorrow. Pray for the people that were served that they felt God’s love. For those who don’t know the Lord that they come to a saving faith. For those who saw the team for medical reasons that they were of assistance to them.

May 30

An Update from Medical Mission Team 2018

2018 | by Josiah | Category: Uncategorized

20180527_125200Learning to Make Tortillas

“It was a wonderful time when the team made it to San Miguel. For those who have been before, there was rejoicing in meeting up with friends, enjoying familiar sights, sounds, and smells. For those who never have been, they enjoyed being introduced to it all.

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“On Sunday, the team attended David’s church. They sang to the Lord in Spanish and Achi. Some of the songs are those sung at Desert Springs Church.

20180527_143133 20180527_135733Team preparing for first Medical Clinic

“The first medical clinic was held on Monday, May 28, in the village of San Francisco. The team saw 58 medical and 24 dental patients. The team met a woman in need of prayer.  Her name is Rosa Linda, she has five children and lost her husband to leukemia two months ago. She has been seen by Dr. Jacobo since that time for a serious throat condition.  He was instrumental in getting her to a specialist. Please pray for her and the situation she finds herself in.

20180529_135235Tooth Extraction

“On Tuesdy, the second clinic was set up in the village of Los Encuentros. The team saw 68 medical patients and 25 in need of dental work. Watching everyone serve the Achi in hot, tiny rooms, loving on them, caring for them was truly a blessing. God’s love flows through his servants for the Achi.

20180529_094451Badly Clogged Ear Being Treated

“Wednesday’s clinic, in the village of El Llano, was the last held in the San Miguel area.  After closing out the clinic in the village, the team dashed to collect their suitcases in city of San Miguel and then set out to the village of Chicholom for the next Medical Clinic.

20180529_092925Receiving Medication after being seen by a Medical Professional20180529_112157Sharing Stickers with Children

“Please continue to pray for the whole team and for wisdom for the medical staff. Pray for continued health and safe travels for everyone, both those from the States and the many locals that join in traveling to work in these clinics. Pray for those who do not know the Lord that they may come to a saving faith through this outreach.”

-Shared by Beth Meier

May 26

Medical Missions Team 2018 Arrives in Guatemala

2018 | by Josiah | Category: Field Updates,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi,Trips

2018 Medical Missions Team2018 Medical Missions Team Arrive in Guatemala City
(Pictured from right to left: Jacque, Stephen, Chris, Josiah, Beth, Margaret, Roger, Sophia, Brent, Pam, Joy, not pictured: Memo)

Desert Springs Church’s 12 person medical mission team arrived safely in Guatemala City on Friday, May 25. They traveled with at least 30 bags carrying medical supplies for the following 10 days. On Saturday, they traveled to San Miguel.

Josiah and Jacque had a Guatemalan Jehovah Witness sit between them on the flight to Guatemala City. This gentleman comes from an area near Tactic, one of the places the team will be going to. He remembered missionaries coming to his community to teach the children how to brush their teeth. He then thanked the two for what we are doing. Please pray for this gentleman, Dieter, as they were able to share from the Bible how Jesus is God. He was open to those verses. He will be on the same return flight as the team to the States. Perhaps there will be an opportunity to continue to share with him.

Packed Out GMMT2018The van traveling to San Miguel is completely packed out

Please pray for safe travels and health as the team faces a full schedule in the days to come going to different villages around the area of San Miguel. Pray for the entire team, both those from the States and those from Guatemala as they serve the Rabinal Achi.

Reason for prayers for safe travels: 20180526_112112The team passed this accident not too long after getting out of Guatemala City.