Sunday, March 17, 2019

Spring Break with Harding University

Our fine Harding University students here in Chichicastenango.
  We are sitting here enjoying our day of rest after a very busy week of clinics with our visiting team from Harding University's  Physician Assistant program and undergraduate health science students. We have enjoyed this group for more years than we can count helping us see kids from the ABC program for their well-child check ups. A special thanks to Gary Hill, P.A., Brian Cress, M.D., Joe Calderon, P.A., and Melina Calderon, P.A. for their love for Health Talents and dedication to guiding the students. This is a fun team!
Gary Hill, P.A. and his team of first year physician assistant students.

Dr. Brian Cress teaching the fine art of pediatric medicine.

Physcian Assistant Club--Gary Hill, Joe Calderon and Melina Calderon and team representing Harding University well!

This week we also enjoyed having our director Rick Harper and his wife Susan and daughter Julie Ann helping out as well.  They did a fantastic job breaking out the mobile libraries and getting kids and families involved with the books.  And we are especially thankful for Drew Bennie our South Texas poet, returning this year to help translate and entertain us with his verses!
Story time with Susan Harper. 
Julie Ann and Heidy tag teaming this book--Spanish with a little Kiche interpretation.
Drew, Lindsey, Jalyn and Gary taking a break.
Dry season is in full swing around here so sunshine and dust are all around! This team worked hard hauling boxes of equipment and medicine up and down hills in order to deliver medical and dental care and encouragement to the people in our area.  We came home dirty every day but with glad hearts!
A new world of books!
Sierra getting some help with her paperwork!

Blake seeing where the dirt road might take him.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Time Flies!

Can you believe it's February??!!  Febrero Loco as it's known around here is full of weather swings, volcanic activity and earthquakes.  We enjoy cold nights and usually warm days, unless we get a cold breeze from El Norte! It's funny to see people in parkas in the morning and short sleeves and sunscreen by afternoon.
We are in full swing attending patients in mobile and central clinics, seeing kids off to a new school year and gearing up for activities with the local churches. We started this year with a new co-worker--Manuel Quino.  He just graduated from professional nursing school on scholarship with Health Talents and is taking the place of our beloved Enrique Zapeta who retired as health promoter. 
He will continue on with his studies on the weekend to finish the equivalent of his BSN.
Welcome Manuel Quino (or Manuel junior as we call him to differentiate from Manuel Sut)!
Here are a few pics from the new year.
Manuel Quino getting training on dental cleanings.  He's a natural!
A hot day at mobile clinic deserves a good snow cone, right Maria?

Noe Chan, our physical therapist has a patient he will be working with to address her mobility challenges and hopes to adapt this walker model to her needs so she can continue in school. Borrowed this pic from our friend Erin Cottos to show some of the appropriate technology approaches used to help people in low resource areas. 

Sheri giving a health talk on Women's Health and cervical cancer prevention at the Santa Cruz church. She does a great job motivating the ladies to come in for their check ups and inviting their friends.
Hiking to lunch in Paxot II.  We burn off some calories before and after those yummy meals!

We switched mobile clinic sites in Saquilla.  Started with just a few patients and then everyone figured out where we were! It gets pretty lively in that little patio by mid morning. 

Still lots of work to do. This is what it's all about--leading people away from lifeless gods and into relationship with the Living and Loving God. Traditional Mayan religion is still widely practiced, but the churches are growing around here and helping people know the freedom from fear and healing of relationships that comes from knowing Christ.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

ABC Program End of Year Celebration - Chuchipaca Style

Here are some great photos from the ABC celebration in the ABC community of Chuchipaca.  They always do it big and add in at least 2 days of celebration for the church as they come together to worship and then to celebrate their families and children.  This is the community where Cesar our ABC coordinator attends and has been working with this church and some other churches in the area in developing children's classes and programs for over 12 years.  We were unable to attend that day as we had another commitment with another church, but thank you to our good friend who took these photos!  Enjoy!  This is what it is about, developing children into Christ followers and people who love the Lord.  We always wish we had the same amount of stamina to come together and worship as the brothers and sisters do in Chichicastenango, it is impressive and encouraging.