Notes from a Medical Missionary

Guatamala

Narrative by Jodi Boyd, RN. (A single Christian lady and a great friend)

I have traveled to Guatemala 4 times with Health Talents International. You can go online to their site, see trip calendar for up coming trips/opportunities, they have trip reports you can read from previous trips, blogs from three Americans who work there permanently. Reading those is a good way to learn about HIT. I went in April for a month. The first week was gyn, urology, general surgery week. If I remember correctly, we did about 80 surgeries/ procedures for the week. I believe we had about 40 people who came from all over the USA, as far west as California, far east as Vermont, as far north as North Dakota (on Canadian border) and as far south as Texas; to work together caring for the patients and their families. We arrive on Saturday, unpack/count supplies after settling in our rooms. End each day and begin each day with devo. Sunday worship across the street. Return to compound for lunch, followed by meeting with Guatemalan medical director, then begin surgeries. Usually last surgeries are around 6 pm. From Mon-Thursday surgeries begin after breakfast till evening. Friday is down day spent in Antigua where you can enjoy the history of the town, market, go zip lining, get massage, enjoy food etc. Saturday fly back home. But this time I on Saturday I headed up to the highlands. Sunday worship in the morning, lunch and then I met my ABC child, her mom and aunt for a very nice visit. I also wad able to meet the ABC child of an elderly lady who lives in Austin. She , her husband, son and his family were missionaries in, Guatemala 40 years ago. Monday I went to Guatemalan wedding. Tuesday and Wednesday did mobile clinics. The mobile clinics are done weekly. This is how patients are seen, followed for chronic, acute issues and those needing surgery. I spent couple days back in Antigua then couple days touring Tikal, Mayan ruins. Headed back to Clinic Ezell to work with Guatemalan staff to prepare clinic for another week of surgeries the end of April. That week we mostly had General surgeries. Only about 55-60 for the week as it was first time for couple of the surgeons and other staff. Returned home first week of May.

Health Care Professionals are needed as volunteers but also family members and other support ministry members are needed. Opportunities abound! Expand your horizons as you expand your service to God and to others.

 —Opportunities await those who seek to plug in and make a difference. LAUNCH Christian Singles recognizes that a Christian can serve locally in their community by conducting Bible study, leading a support group, serving the homeless, widows, orphans or the needy and a plethora of choices. The believer can also choose to serve abroad by working in a healing capacity through medical missions, serving and teaching at Christian camp or excavating a religious site. Short term mission work can be very encouraging and satisfying for the traveler but also for the local church that is being served. The world starts when you step our your front door.

 

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