Saturday, March 28, 2015
View of Cusco from the taxi on our way to Machu Picchu!
View from the Train to Machu Picchu!
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thursday we packed up and headed to our 3rd location of the week, which was a local private school in Ayacucho. After today and yesterday, we should all be low back pain pros! All of the people of Ayacucho do such hard manual labor and work for so many hours a day, LBP is the by far the most common problem we have seen. We also got to do another serial casting today of a case of club foot, which was an awesome experience! We are continuing to learn and grow as we serve these amazing people! Pray for strength for the rest of the trip as we are starting to wear down a little, and pray for the health of all team members as some are battling stomach and altitude issues! But overall, we are absolutely loving our time here! Thank you for your prayers!
(1 of the many beautiful views on the way to Chequi-pampa)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Today, (Tuesday) 4 of us and the 2 PTs ventured to the local pediatric clinic to see the patients there, while the other 2 held down the fort at the clinic. It was an amazing day at the peds clinic as we got to fit and fix wheelchairs and orthotics and give many kids a new pair of shoes. The joy on their faces to receive these gifts was absolutely priceless! There are so many personal stories we could share from patient experiences, but just know that God is definitely moving and has big things in store here! As we close day 2 in the clinic, I (Shelly) would ask that you say a special prayer for a 3 year old girl named Yasensia. She has severe cerebral palsy and we were the first healthcare place she has been to. Her mother is a single mom who literally has to sling Yasensia to her back with a blanket while she works out in the fields with their 2 cows, which is their ONLY source of food. Yasensia desperately needs a wheelchair, and we think we may have the perfect one, but it was left behind in Miami. Please pray that our wheelchairs and other equipment make it to Ayacucho, pray that Yasensia gets the perfect wheelchair for her, and pray for Yasensia's mother who desperately needs hope and encouragement in this season of life. God is faithful and we know He will provide for His people! Thank you for your prayers!
|(Beautiful Yasensia and her mother Rayda)|
(A serial casting of Olga to help correct her club feet)
Sunday, March 22, 2015
After 36 hours of straight traveling, we have finally arrived safely to Ayacuho, Peru! A few hiccups and a few pieces of missing luggage have certainly not squandered the excitement we have to serve the people of Ayacucho and the surrounding areas this week!
After arriving in Lima around 4:15 am this morning, we proceeded to wait in line for 3 hours to report our missing luggage. Yes, 3 hours. However, The Lord kept us in good spirits despite the miscommunications, language barriers, and sleep deprivation! We did manage to catch a few Zs on the luggage tram during the wait, though! (See attached photo).
During our next 8 hour layover, we were able to tour the city of Lima with a friend of MMI, Willy. He took us to a park with an oceanfront view, showed us some of the more historical areas (including getting to watch the "changing of the guards" ceremony in the front quarters of the house of the President of Peru!), and shared lunch with us at a tourist favorite spot called Tantas. One thing to notes about Peruvians - they LOVE to eat. We have been fed until our heart's content since leaving the U.S.! After arriving in Ayacucho around 5:30 pm, we all took DESPERATELY needed showers and headed straight to dinner and a team meeting. There are dentists, medical doctors, nurses, and physical therapists working together this week, and we are so excited and honored to be able to be a part of this journey! The Lord has been so faithful throughout this process already, and we cannot wait to see what He has in store for us this week!
Hello from Brazil! We made it safe and sound and are at the Lider Hotel for the time being in Manaus. We made it to the hotel without a hitch last night and we are feeling much better after much needed rest. We enjoyed a delicious Brazilian breakfast this morning with Dusty, Corinne and Mandie (student from Florida).
Manaus is one of the main port cities of the Amazon where the two rivers, Rio Negro and the Amazon, come together. We will be “floating” down the Rio Negro and visiting new villages this year. I am so grateful for this as we will be meeting new faces and spreading God’s love. We will be visiting 5-6 villages (roughly one per day) and will be providing medical services, providing children’s and women’s ministry, sending out an evangelism team and any other services the village may need.
The itinerary for today includes: go see a traditional fish and meat market, view open air markets, enjoy some more food (yay!), go to church and then get on the boat! Please pray for myself (Heather), Brittany, Mandie, Rachel, Leslie, Ashley, Chris, Greg, Sam, Dusty and Corinne as we embark on this week long journey. My prayer for the group is that God would move us in such a way that we are uncomfortable with our comfort zone and move closer to Him and to desire to be like Jesus. I have been so excited about this trip and am so thankful to be back here. Please pray for encouragement for our team as it’s a new environment and sometimes long hours. Please pray for safety and creativity for not only serving the people in the village but the other people on the boat and our team members.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support!
Saturday, March 21, 2015
|Brazil Team (BoMo Segment)|
Sunday, March 15, 2015
At the end of the week, we pray the our Lord was pleased with our service. Jesus modeled ministry that included both healing and preaching. We tried to follow His example this week. We found it very possible and effective to combine Physical Therapy and the sharing of the Gospel message with the people that we served. Many of the people we encountered in Haiti seem to be accustomed to just living with brokenness in their lives - brokenness of both their bodies and their souls. We were able, in a small and fledgling way, to start sharing the truth that there is healing available for both body and soul.
Here are some final memories and thoughts from various team members:
- It was extremely satisfying to follow up and reconnect with people who the August 2014 team met and served and started to build relationships with. Haitians are a very relational people.
- This team was amazingly unified despite being spread across the country geographically prior to arrival on the field.
- Praying for people and sharing the hope of Christ is a privilege.
- It's hard but good for us the be stretched out of our comfort zones physically, personally, emotionally, spiritually, and professionally.
- Poverty and starvation now have faces and names and voices. Seeing starving little ones who cannot even ask for food for themselves is humbling and painful.
- The church is strong in Haiti, and Haitian Christians have an undeniable strength to live life with joy in a place that is harsh and full of brokenness. Worshiping with these brothers and sisters is an amazing and wonderful experience.