Quick Update- More Pictures!

Pictorial Update

Did you see how many toes are up there? Just trying to get your attention…

This is a surgery I saw recently in the hospital with my Bethel student, Kate. The condition is called polydactyly, which is surprisingly caused by a dominant allele and occurs every 1 in 500 births! The surgeons were removing the 6xth toe from both of this little girl’s feet.

Kate gets hands on in the NICU.   Matthew 25:40 The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Kate was able to see her very first birth ever, which was very exciting! The ironically tragic part was that right next to the lady giving birth (in the same room!) the doctors were preforming a dilation and curettage to remove the products of conception from a woman who had a miscarriage. This was an intense experience for me as I empathized with this lady who had to hear the much anticipated first cry of the baby from the lady next to her while the doctors removed her dead baby.  The fragility of life has never been so clear to me. It truly is a miracle gift from God.

A Drug Policy Regional Summit was held in Antigua, just down the street from my house. Guatemalan President (Molina), Costa Rican President (Chinchilla), Panamanian President (Martinelli) and representatives from El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua met to discuss the possibility of legalizing drugs as an effort to minimize violence in illegal cartels.

We had our first Women’s Discipleship Group meeting with 6 women who have accepted Christ in our clinic.  Our hope for this group is to be able to teach women about God and how to use the Bible and what their new relationship with God means for them and their families. The challenging part is that a few of the women in the group are illiterate.  But they are troopers and are still determined to learn how to use the Bible!

I just got a call today from one of the women in our group and her husband has beaten her up pretty bad. Please pray for these women in our group and for many other women who suffer from similar situations.

Our students from JMU share with the women in the group.

On a home visit with students from Crosspoint Academy High School. This visit broke my heart so much. We have visited with Carolina many times, but to see her faint this day from having not eaten made her poverty so much more real to me.  We took Carolina to the hospital this past week to have one of Dra Sara’s surgeon friends look her over in preparation to operate on her hernia. Praise the Lord for allowing this to happen for Carolina! Please pray for Carolina and her three daughters and for her abusive husband as well. And pray a blessing over Dr. Velazquez for helping us out! I am so grateful for being able to take Carolina to the hospital and to build our friendship with her through our discipleship group.

Introducing Chris to Jorge. Too precious!

I love this woman! Alcira is one of our favorite patients at the convalescent home. She is blind, but manages to see us probably better than any other patient there. She is such an inspiration to me and I can only aspire to be like her when I reach her age.

It is currently Semana Santa (Holy Week)! In Antigua, that means a lot of processions and alfombras! These are intricate carpets created from sawdust, flowers, and more for the procession to pass over. It is quite an interesting site to see! Please pray that people would be inspired this year to search for a real relationship with God, rather than just cultural tradition.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Patti Sidenstick
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 18:23:33

    Hi Britney: We continue to pray for you and all the people you serve. I love seeing how they celebrate Holy Week-it is so beautiful. Thanks for the updates as we enjoy reading what is going on in your life in Guatemala. Miss you!!!


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