It Takes Faith

I can NOT believe how fast time is flying by! … I feel like I always say that. You think I would start believing it! I am so blessed to be working here in the clinic in Magdalena and I am so very thankful for everything that God is teaching me and working in my life and using me to accomplish here. Things continue to be intense and packed full of life-changing moments for many people. I find that I begin to feel overwhelmed and burdened by a lot of the situations we see in the clinic. But this reminds me of how much I am depending on God through my experience here. I find the need to return to God in prayer, seeking His strength and renewal in my life. He is constantly filling me so that I can be emptied again.

Evelyn

I had mentioned Evelyn in my blog post on September 21st.  Some MAJOR things are happening in her life and God is encountering her like never before. She is reading the Bible now in her house with her son (but not with her abusive husband) and she is trying to escape from the cycle of extortion that her family has been involved in for years. She is really fighting, trying to be free of these things in her life. But she is definitely feeling resistance from the devil. She says that she has been having a lot of problems lately, especially problems popping up when she is in the midst of reading her Bible! She was feeling discouraged when she came into the clinic on Monday, but I think she left very encouraged. She mentioned that problems just seem to find her, referring to the crowd she used to run with. She is trying to relinquish her beauty salon from ties to extortion and run her business in an upright way but is facing a lot of persecution from her former ties. Please lift Evelyn up in your prayers, that she would have the strength and the faith to follow God even through these trials and attacks by the devil. Pray that she can clean her life of these past ties and renew her life. She talked today about how she has no friends in the community because of her reputation, which I had heard about her before. She is known in the community as “la loca.” And she really just needs liberation from her past. It was so humbling and sad to hear her share in such a vulnerable way. I can tell that she is trying to follow God, after the doctor led her in a prayer to accept Jesus into her life a couple of weeks ago in the clinic. And she was quoting scripture that she had been reading with her son and is obviously seeking God earnestly. Please pray that Evelyn would feel God’s presence in a very real way and have strength through this time of purifying her faith. My heart just broke for her Monday as she knelt on the floor in our clinic and cried out to God.

One of our students chatting with Evelyn in the clinic back in the summer, the first time I met her.

Aura and Dory

Grandma Dorotea, mom Aura, and daughter Dory all came into the clinic together one day. Dory and Aura were struggling emotionally because Dory’s dad abandoned them a long time ago. We helped Dory work through the emotional pain of not having a father, but also showed her the hope in that she has an eternal father who loves her unconditionally. And we helped Aura work through forgiving this man for abandoning them and to also see that God is her husband and ultimate lover. Isaiah 54:5 Aura and Dory both accepted Christ for the first time in the clinic on this day. I am anxious to follow up with them and visit their home someday.

Reyna

On a Wednesday, a woman named Reyna came in to the clinic with her son. After the doctor saw the boy, his mom sent him back out into the waiting room while she talked with the doctor. It was like a big pot of tension, anxiety, and sadness just spilled over all at once. She tried to stay composed and in control at first, but finally just gave up and let it all out. She had found out that weekend that her husband was cheating on her and she hadn’t done anything about it yet. What an intense period of encouragement and guidance. Please pray for Reyna and her family situation and that through it all, they will seek God.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Katherine

Right after we had started attending patients in the clinic on Monday, a fellow missionary who had brought in a girl covered in sarcoptiosis a while ago showed up again with an 8 year old burn victim, Katherine. He had found her in the street with her mom and brought her immediately to us. As soon as I saw her, I knew she needed to go to the hospital. Doctora Sara saw her right away and told the mom, Nancy, that she HAD to take her into the emergency room. Katherine had been burnt over 24 hours ago and had not gotten medical help yet! Doctora Sara determined that she had 3rd degree burns on 15% of her body. Her shirt was even melted to her chest! Nancy said that she did not want to take her to the hospital but hoped that she could just take her to a doctor. Doctora Sara spoke very clearly to Nancy and told her that her daughter was in very serious condition and could easily die from an infection in her wounds. Dra. Sara told Chris how to take them to a burn center inGuatemala City where they would probably put Katherine in isolation as she recovered.

Quiche speakers in the clinic

What a fun and unique opportunity to have a whole family of native Quiche speakers into the clinic! It was a bit difficult to communicate with them and ask them about their symptoms, but what a beautiful experience. The kids were so adorable when I tried to speak with them- “diosh-aweh” – thank you “nehba” – goodbye

Camila

This is the aborted girl in the NICU that I have seen the past couple of times I have worked there with Dra. Sara. The nurses gave her the name Camila. She contracted a nosocomial infection recently and was in pretty serious condition again. I went to the hospital again to work with Dra Sara in the NICU and saw her. She is out of the incubator now and is doing very well. She is now 4 months old! And she has reached 4 pounds in weight. She was born at 27 weeks and weighed only 1.13 lbs. This poor little girl has way overstayed her welcome in the NICU, but none of the doctors want to kick her out and send her to the social services. I don’t know how long she will be here. While I was in the NICU with Dra Sara, I became very well versed in how to assist in cleaning out the endotracheal tube of the babies who were being ventilated. Dra Sara would aspirate the bronchioles while I manually ventilated. We were juggling three babies who needed to be ventilated, and we only had one reliable ventilator machine. We ended up extubating one a little early, leaving her on just oxygen, and one on manual ventilation with an ambu bag, and the third on the machine.

Dra. Sara

I am very proud of Dra. Sara as she has gotten back into the swing of things in the clinic after taking some time off to mourn the loss of her dad. She seems very renewed and strengthened, even though it is still hard to accept that Arturo is gone. Not to mention that on her second day back we made a trip to Asilo in Antigua to work with the old folks. We had noticed the week before (when Dra. Sara was not with us) that there were a lot of really sick people and we knew the doctor really needed to make a trip to tend to the patients. To top it all off, Dra. Sara had to help an old man named Arturo! But she was so strong, loving and caring these people who reminded her so much of her now absent father. Thank you for lifting Dra. Sara up in prayer. God has certainly been faithful to her and her family.

San Cristobalde las Casas

After postponing my trip to Mexico last weekend because of the heavy rains we had been having and the resulting destruction to the highways due to the landslides, I crossed the border into Chiapas Mexico in order to renew my visa. PRAISE THE LORD it was a smooth trip! I was in the bus more than I was actually in Mexico, but I enjoyed the trip all the same. Since I postponed my trip, I happened to be in San Cristobal de las Casas on Day of the Dead weekend. So I got to see a lot of really interesting cultural stuff that I had learned about in school. There was a concert on the main plaza, a parade in skeleton costumes, pan de muerto tradicional, and a political prisoner protest/hunger strike. I wish I could have stayed longer. It was a beautiful city and I would have liked to spend more time there. But as I was returning to Guatemala, I really felt like I was coming home. I am so thankful for where God has me right now. Guatemala really is a beautiful country, and I am soooo blessed to be able to live here. Even when times get tough and my faith is tested, I am so thankful that God has called me to Guatemala.

San Cristobal de las Casas

The beautiful mountains in Guatemala, can’t be captured in a picture.

Christmas trip to US

Another event that was difficult for me that I did not mention in my last blog was that my mom broke her arm pretty seriously while working with her horse. I had never been so homesick while in Guatemala than when I wished I could be home to help my mom. She really needed me there, but I am far away. Praise the Lord, she is doing well and her arm is now on the mend. Being under my parent’s insurance still, and my mom’s expenses with her arm covering our deductible for the year, it works out well to have me come home before the end of the year for my MRI and neurological appointments. So my plans are to fly into Chicago on December 20th and have all of my appointments in Chicago before coming home on the 21st.

Thank you for your prayers and support. I am constantly thinking of all of my supporters and I am very thankful for your partnership in this with me. Please continue to pray that God would lead me and reveal His will to me, especially regarding my future. I have been feeling the need to make plans, or figure out what direction I want my life to go in. I know that I need to remember to wait on God and that His plans for my life are way better than anything I will think up. He has proven faithful in that already. So please pray for me as I am earnestly seeking God’s will and pray that God would guide me as I am stepping out in faith, but not yet knowing which direction I’m walking. I know and trust that God will lead me in my blindness and that His will is good.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Maurine
    Nov 08, 2011 @ 14:27:50

    Remembering all the ways our good God has answered your prayers in the past specifically regarding your future… and am sure that He will continue to reveal the steps you will need to take to fulfill His perfect will for your future. So so proud of you, and inspired!

    You are proof that as we serve the poor — we will be BLESSED! Isaiah 58: 6-9a

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