Frankfort First United Methodist Church Volunteers in Mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras
2008 Health Care
March 8-15, 2008
March 8, 2008
All arrived safe in
The medical mission team started out in the deep snow of
18 degrees Fahrenheit on departure
66 degrees Farhenheit on arrival
A very nice change
Tomorrow: We will have a 9:00 am worship at the 100 foot high statue of Jesus, a visit to the Valley of the Angels; we will work setting up the medical clinic and then have a 3:00 pm worship with the
March 9, 2008
SUNDAY, A DAY OF WORSHIP AND WORK
Sunday started with a visit to the United Nations Park on top of a mountain overlooking the City of
The service featured the singing and sacred dance of the children. The worship service was a great time for illustrating that Jesus loves the little children. In most Honduran Methodist Churches, children make up almost 50% of the congregation.
After the morning worship service at the United Nations Park, part of the team went to the Fuerzas Unidas Church to start setting up the pharmacy, unpacking the UPS shipment and to set up the doctors' examination rooms and part of the team went to the Valley of the Angels for a visit to this remarkable city of craftsmen and living example of a traditional Honduran town.
The night before opening the clinic, the mission team must work in packaging the medicine for the pharmacy. Due to the heavy demand on the pharmacy during the operation of the medical clinic, the medicine must be prepackaged as much as possible
March 8 -9, 2008
We have breakfast at 6:30 AM, the first van leaves around 7:00 AM and it is usually after 9 PM before we have finished with evening devotions.
The main goal of the mission is to build relations with the people of Fuerzas Unidas colonia. Each person is special and we wish to understand their physical and spiritual needs to provide care for these needs.
The number of patients seen is not the goal. Still the numbers are amazing. Over 200 patients were seen on Monday and over 230 on Tuesday.
On Tuesday afternoon, we had a meeting with the leadership of the Chapel of Divine Mercy. Some of the team will be installing lights and ceiling fans at the Chapel of Divine Mercy on Wednesday.
The registration desk is managed by the some of the women of the church. Lunch breaks are staggered so that some part of the clinic is always working on patients.
March 12 -13, 2008
THE PATIENTS HAVE BEEN COMING IN AT A RATE OF AROUND 225 PER DAY.
Dr. Arba Kenner has been on all medical mission teams to the
Dr. Kellie Kute, a pediatrician from
The dental group uses four chairs and lots of equipment. Arnie LeMay, TJ Burch and Ray Craig help keep the complicated equipment running.
The working conditions are far from ideal. The church does not have air conditioning because of the high cost of an air conditioning system and the very high cost of electricity.