October 2011

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October 2011

Posted by david on May 27, 2013

October, 2011

Hello again! Here's a quick update on some of our recent busy-ness for you who might be interested!

Laura and I had a great, although short, visit to the States this summer. One of the more costly sacrifices that often have to be made by missionaries is that of being far away from family. Unfortunately we didn't have a camera in hand for most of our visits, but we managed to get a few shots off.

Dave and DadMy Dad still lives in Hialeah, Florida, where I grew up. Next month he'll be 91!

Mildred and girlfriendsLaura's mom, Mildred (standing) meets weekly with these ladies that have known each other ever since the first grade!

Just for fun, we'll include a photo of some of our trucks in a roadblock erected during a peaceful political protest on the road to a town named Juquila where Clinic personnel, visiting interns, and Spanish school students were waiting to go for a medical and children's outreach. When the roadblock didn't lift, the team had to use a round about route through muddy mountaintop roads, delaying the trip considerably. These kind of things happen here with some regularity, and are part of what makes living and working here interesting!

roadblock to Juquila

The new Community Health Worker program in the Corban Clinic has finally begun after a year of planning and hard work! One of our newest missionaries, Joynne Meyers, Nurse Practitioner, heads up the academic side, while our Mexican staff doctor, Eder Matus, heads up the clinical part, the program itself being under Laura's direction. The course is taught three days of each week by Jolynne, Eder, and Laura. What a triumph and blessing for the towns that these four students represent! One is from Cacalote, and will be a help to Laura and the Clinic, another from a farther province, one from El Carrizo, a Mixtec village, and another from Panixtlahuaca, high in the Chatino area's mountains. The sheets are mounted on a wooden frame to divide the classes from the other Clinic activities. We need to expand the Clinic space to include dedicated areas for education. But, doing what we can with what we've got, we're confident that these women will be able to do a great deal of basic health care, education, and touching their own people for Christ in their needy areas soon!

Laura and CHE students 2011

Laura and I are sometimes asked to do a service for a family in our village who have a child graduating school, either kindergarten, elementary, middle, or high schools. The custom here is for the child to have a temporary kind of "godparents" for the ceremony. We've seen at least one of those graduates come to Christ, and it's always a pleasure to bless the family and celebrate what for many of them is a real milestone, and to encourage them toward more. The whole town turns out for these, and afterward there are multiple parties serving iguana, chicken, or beef barbeque tamales. The young lady, Ana Laura, receiving her diploma on the left is named after Laura because of the help that Laura provided for the family on previous occasions.

Ana Laura graduation

When we do medical brigades in the indigenous villages around us we often come accross folks with untreated eye ailments such as cataracts and pterygiums. We take note of these and contact them when a volunteer eye surgeon is going to be nearby. Just a few weeks ago the Clinic organized an eye campaign for cataract surgeries. Dr. Terry Elder very thoughtfully offered to pay for the transportation of five candidates that were ready, their family members, and the clinic team to make the 12 hour trip to the surgical compound in Cintalapas, Chiapas. The two American and one Mexican opthalmologists come and offer their services free of charge to make these surgeries possible. The results were great, and a great blessing to the people in our region.

Chiapas cotsprepped and waiting!

Chiapas op room

Chiapas surgery

With ample beds, microscopes, and scrub nurses, Dr. Tom Robinson, his son Dr. Carey Robinson, and Dr. Guzman and the surgical team do dozens of cataract surgeries in just a few days!

Chiapas evangelists

Our own Clinic evangelist, hermano Jesús, teamed up with volunteer pastor, Harry Kahl, to pray for and with each patient. Interestingly, Laura and Harry worked under the same mission board in El Paso, Texas some 27 years ago, and may have been on a village mission trip together!  

Some of the cataract surgery patients stayed  the night in the Clinic after the long ride back since their villages were still far away. All the prognoses are very good.

I´m blessed to still teach in both years of the Bible school, and also to direct and teach in the Roca Blanca Spanish Language School. We´ve got a great group of students right now, among whom are many missionaries in training. If you or anyone you know is interested in a serious Spanish course here at Roca Blanca then we'd love to hear from you! The website is http://rocablancaspanish.com.

We'll be back in touch soon. There are a lot more things to write about! But for now please accept our sincere gratitude for mentioning us before the Lord of all, and for those of you who contribute so that we can work here. Until next time!

Interns in truck 2011(this is our equivalent to the cowboy's "riding off into the sunset")

David and Laura

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