Day One!


Today was a busy and full day of clinic set-up and treating patients! Children’s Ministry had a great day with wonderful kids and even taught the kids about fluoride treatments! Today was also Leigh Anna’s birthday and she turned 16… again! 😉 The blog entry below is written by Andre and Heather, our dynamic July doctor and dentist husband and wife duo. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to comment! We’ll read them together Friday night.

”This period of our lives has become a regular annual occurrence. While the flight here is routine, the experience of going through customs is never the same and the stress of all the medical and dental supplies making it into Guatemala is always present. Fortunately, once again prayers were answered and the supplies all made it.

This was our third time on the team coming to Membrillal and it is safe to say that even though crossing through customs is different each time we are always welcomed by our Guatemalan friends. Each year the experience gets better as we come to know those that work at the church, work at the school, and live in the community.

From Heather: The type of dentistry we have been able to provide this year has been exciting. The first year we came to Membrillal looked quite different than it did today. Extractions and ‘toothbrush’ cleanings were all we were equipped to handle as the extent of the decay was untreatable. But, in the last couple of years the improvement in the kids dental health is rewarding to see. We have been blessed with a brand new dental clinic at the school, which has made it possible to expand the scope of their oral care. We have moved beyond extractions and are now able to do fillings and sealants which are vital to preserving their teeth.

From Andre: Every year there are unique challenges and lessons learned. Today we went to the home of a family whose mother was recently found to have end stage liver disease and was likely going to pass away soon. Her daughter was hoping we would tell her that was not the case, but unfortunately all we could do was affirm the prognosis given by her local Guatemalan physician. In the end we had no medication to give – all we had was prayer. It was sad but joyous to see the comfort provided by her family and local church/school community.

While it is only the first day of clinic we are looking forward to more amazing stories and continuing to serve  our Guatemalan friends.

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  1. Janet July 27, 2018 at 6:10 am - Reply

    Yay for dental and the advance oral care you guys are providing!!!! God is good. Missing you guys.
    Please say hello to Albita.

  2. Janet July 27, 2018 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Yay for dental and the advance oral care you guys are providing!!!! God is good. Missing you guys.
    Please say hello to Albita.

    Happy birthday Leigh Anna!

  3. Shannon July 27, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

    So glad God is blessing your trip so far! We are praying for you daily!

  4. Victoria Lee July 27, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    So glad you guys had a great first day in clinic. I’m praying for you all. Andre, that’s rough home visit but I’m a firm believer that the most we can do for anyone is pray. Heather, was a blessing to see all your hard work come to fruition. Hopefully, they look forward to coming to you now. 🙂

  5. Teri Kiehn July 27, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    What a blessing to see the impact your visits have made on the dental health of these children! Prayers for all of you as you minister to these wonderful people. Thanks for all the great photos that allow us here to share in your experience.

  6. Brenda Baird July 27, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    So glad you all arrived safely. Brenda Baird

  7. Corey Duncan July 27, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Hola amigos. Sounds like a great first day clinic. Jenni I managed to not embarrass you last night at the work party as I decided not to wear my speedo:) I love you. From Elin: I miss you mommy. I love you! From Claire: I love you mommy! I hope you have a great time. From Caleb: I love you mommy!

  8. Christina Wanner July 27, 2018 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Hey you all! So wonderful to see all the pics and see all our friends working together for God’s kingdom!! Also great to hear from Heather how the dental health is improving! Leigh Anna, glad you got to be celebrated on your birthday! Looking forward to hearing from you all about the trip. Love you all! Nate and Christina Wanner

  9. Betty July 27, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Praying for all of you. I am so thankful that Your supplies made it through customs. An answer to prayer!

  10. Brooke July 27, 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Incredible! Love hearing about the power of prayer. Mom (Malinda), keep hearing the Spirit and having him lead you out. Be attentive into what he’s calling you into. As I was praying this morning for you and the team, I heard the word, “battle.” I felt like the Lord was saying that you have entered the battlefield and you are bringing heaven. Keep fighting for his people. Love you mom!

    Love, Brooke

  11. Ray Barid July 27, 2018 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    So proud of all of you.
    Thoughts and prayers heading your way.
    Enjoy the experience.
    Love Raymond

  12. Bubba July 28, 2018 at 12:11 am - Reply

    SOOOOO! When I dropped off Monique at the airport I felt a mix of frustration, sadness and something not entirely quantifiable. Was not entirely sure why until I really explored those feelings. Our culture is so consumed with the WHAT we are, Teacher, Doctor, barista etc. We rarely look at WHO we are any more. It is the WHO in Butch that thrives in places such as Guatemala and Honduras, oh sure the people in those countries are relying on WHAT the team consists of but it is WHO you are that they will remember. WHO are you? You were all created in Gods image, and that brothers and sisters is who these people see and remember long after the WHAT leaves. Do amazing things and continue be the amazing people you are. You are missed and loved. So I leave you with these encouraging words,
    My last name is Horton and I am a WHO and you are are a WHO to.

    I Remain,

    Confused but, wildly in love with that little bundle of energy, Malinda
    Go gitem Girl

  13. Michael Lee July 28, 2018 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Glad you’re all safe!!! Excited to hear about the improvements to dental clinic!!! We’ll keep you in our prayers.

  14. Erin Valadez July 28, 2018 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Sounds like you are in full swing! How awesome to hear the oral health care education is paying off and all those kids will save more of their teeth!
    Continued prayers for your team and all those that you are serving.

    Drew and his team played hard, but unfortunately the tournament is over. We are headed back to the ranch tomorrow.

    André and Heather, Drew and JJ have been so polite and kind. I’ve decided to send Wreckin’ Brecken to André and Heather’s boarding school! (kind of kidding)

  15. Paige July 29, 2018 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Hola mamacita!

    Desearía poder estar allí contigo 🙂 Estoy orando para ti, el grupo, y él gente de Guatemala. Mom, remember the power of prayer and walk in the boldness God has gifted you with. People feel drawn to you and loved on so easily. Praying for some crazy miracles! Hope those Spanish classes are paying off. By the way, I have a job interview next week! Praise the Lord hahah.

    Love and miss you!

    Love, Paige

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