I can't believe it's Friday! I thought I would say thank God it is, but as we leave Mazatenango, I have mixed feelings. I'm ready to get home, but a little sad to leave. We all have made friends with people that we may never see again....on this earth. We will see them in heaven and we won't need our interpreters or my "Google Translate" app. (Joe especially loves the camera part of the app.)
Selfless Medical Ministry
I forgot to mention yesterday that we toured the Boca Costa Medical Mission. Dr. Sergio Castillo (in blue scrubs above) and his wife Veronica (to the right of him) are incredible witnesses for the Lord. They chose to move to this very remote area (some would say jungle) to take care of precious people that others shun.
The roads leading to the medical center cannot be described with words. Dr. Castillo said some people walk four hours to come to the clinic for care.
Dr. Sergio is an OB/GYN surgeon and Tropical Medicine specialist. Infant and maternal mortality rates here are higher than elsewhere in the country. His services are genuinely appreciated by the villagers. He's picture here in the operating room.
The clinic has a number of maintenance issues that need attention, including a leaky roof. Total cost to replace it is $50,000. EAMC has raised $17,000 towards our contributory goal of $20,000. Work will begin at the end of the year after the rainy season is over.
This morning we visited a school for deaf, blind and other disabled children. Pablo was very gracious to show us around and we met several of the children.
We took them school supplies, cross necklaces, balls and made them Christian fish balloons.
This whole trip has been a life-changing experience and one we will never forget.
I'm Karen, a member of the EAMC Mission Team from Topsail Beach, N.C. I hope to share our experiences of ministering to the Mayan villagers of Guatemala though our photos and bits of information about our day-to-day projects.