Love in Action


From Rachel:

Today was another busy day at the clinic, caring for around 124 patients. Most of the patients we saw today are from the community and do not attend the local church. These days are great opportunities for the pastors of the local church to make connections with these families and for us to share Christ’s love with them. In the morning there was a constant flow of patients of all ages. I was very excited to get the opportunity to do some ear wax removals for several patients. One lady in particular took four people and almost two hours to get all the wax removed. But we persevered and the lady’s hearing increased substantially. Thank you, God! Additionally, throughout the day I was able to play with some of the children. One time when I was walking through the playground area, three children out of nowhere came up to me and gave me hugs. Also, I was able to bond with this little girl when I was taking her vitals. When I could, I played with her throughout the day and the girl and her sister insisted that I kept their bracelet. It just melts my heart the way that these children give us hugs and that even in their poverty the girl would take off the bracelet from her own wrist and give it to me. I was amazed with how they desire to be loved, as well as how they show their love for others. They are all so adorable!
P.S. Happy birthday, mom!

From Malinda:

“By this they will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35
This verse came alive for me this evening when I was reconnected with a previous patient. A year and a half ago, I and 2 other practitioners had the privilege of seeing the son of one of Tono’s friends who was suffering from a condition called molluscum. This is a form of warts that covered his trunk and arms and the parents had been treating it with a medication which caused burning and scarring. They had tried several treatments which had failed and were very frustrated. I suggested a natural treatment which they were willing to try. We then gathered around the little boy and prayed for God to heal him. Tonight, the family was in town and Tono brought them to meet with me to see that the treatment had been effective and he was completely free of disease. I was moved by what the father told us several times: “We are grateful for my son’s healing but we are also most grateful for the love that you all showed to us.”It was a blessing to see how God had used the treatment I suggested but it meant more to me that this family was moved by the love they saw and felt. I am reminded that even if we don’t have the answer for a patient, we always have love to give and God can shine through that love. It’s such a blessing to be part of this mission!

From Danielle:

I have greatly enjoyed this mission trip specifically, because of the way it infuses medical care with providing spiritual care as well. Though we as a team are only here for a week, and have opportunities to help alleviate pain, restore hearing and sight through ear lavages and glasses, give medications, teach about basic hygiene and healthy lifestyles, these things are only temporary. Eventually medications will run out, earwax will build up again, and vision will worsen. But what leaves a more lasting impact is what these opportunities provide spiritually. These opportunities keep the doors open and allows the church community to continue to minister to families that they wouldn’t normally be able to meet and connect with. Deeper healing, mixed with hope and love, are felt and seen. The Kingdom of Heaven is proclaimed and in a way that is it is not in our abilities or in our own strength, but through the hands and feet, and light and love of King Jesus inside of us! A medical trip that provides medical care only, is one full of pride and accomplishment and leaves behind a sense of hopelessness and futility. But a medical trip with spiritual care, is one full of life and love, in which all glory is given to the God who has done everything, and leaves behind hope and joy.

During this trip, God has convicted me of my pride. These Guatemalan people, some might say, are “poor.” But I think we are “poor” in the USA and these Guatemalan people are “rich.” Not in the material sense but in the character sense and in what matters more. A lot of these people are rich in love, caring for each other, “rich” in relationships, asking for help, humility, gratitude, service. They are eager to help, quick to come along side, friendly, and remember and cherish each moment you spend with them. A lot of us are “poor” in our culture, because we don’t like caring for one another, don’t like to ask for help, would rather be independent and do things on our own, want to make ourselves look good, are self focused, full of pride, envious instead of thankful, impatient and self absorbed. I repent of this and confess I struggle with this quite frequently but am inspired by the beauty and healthiness of learning from these “rich” Guatemalan people. I am frequently reminded, throughout this trip, of the verses “my grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness,” (2 Corinthians 12:9) and “apart from me you can do nothing,” (John 15:5b). Through spending time in Guatemala, I have been able to meet these people and see how they live. They depend on each other and the community for their life and well being. This has made me more aware of the dependence that I should have on God every day.

From Dana: 5 members of the team were able to travel to a nearby community this morning to meet with a local missionary nurse and consult about 2 patients. The first boy is 5 and has a suspected brain tumor and the second boy is 15 and is suffering from complications from a gunshot wound and terrible care at the public hospital. Please pray for these boys to be healed and to know Christ, it was a difficult visit, but it was a blessing our team got to encourage Anita, the nurse who lives in this community, and show love and compassion to these two families.

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  1. Jarah July 31, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Hello all! I have absolutely loved following along on the blog this week. It’s been incredible to hear about your experiences and how God has been moving in and through you.
    It’s fun to see so many familiar faces on the team! Malinda, it brought tears to my eyes to hear how well that little boy is doing after being treated for molluscum… I remember him from January 2017 and also remember being so impressed by your knowledge in treating him. Rachel, it’s so great that you’re getting to experience medical missions as you prepare to be a nurse. I have no doubt that you’re going to be a great one! Jenni and Dana, it’s always wonderful to see your smiling faces. I’m so grateful for your leadership and continued investment in this community. Vicki, it’s clear to see God’s joy in your life as you serve. What a blessing!

    I pray that all of you had a wonderful last day at clinic and that God continues to shape you because of this time in Guatemala. Lots of love and prayers being sent your way!!

  2. Victoria Lee July 31, 2018 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, your trip sounds amazing. So full of God’s love and grace.

    Dana, those home visits were quite something.
    Know I’ll be praying for those boys. The pictures have been awesome. From the magnificent sky, to the world record eat wax removal with our beloved dentist at the helm, to children laughing and playing and missionaries sharing their medical expertise and love.

    Danielle, thank you for being so transparent with us. It’s a great reminder that as be part of the body we are supposed to share how God is working in is as well as through us. We are to bear our sins to one another and repent so that we can lift reach other up with prayers and to be transformed by testimony of His witnesses. I remember feeling like the Guatemalan people seemed to get something we didn’t but as time went on I guess I have forgotten. Thank you for reminding me and be so eloquent in your description.

    Malinda, what a blessing that God would show you how you touch people no only work your medical know how but with the love you share. Anyone that knows you would agree with what that family said to you and can relate.

    Rachel, what a gift! Something to be cherished. A tangible reminder of the unconditional love of God’s people. I can just imagine the peels of laughter as you play with the kids. (Happy belated birthday, Debbie)

    I have really enjoyed reading your posts. I feel like God had orchestrated your blogs into a story with a theme. From the missionary (I’m sorry I don’t recall who wrote it) who wrote about how you are not only serving medically but spiritually. That is evident in today’s blog as well as in days past. May God bless and keep you all safe.

    Victoria Lee

  3. Kristi Abrahamson July 31, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Love the picture of all you girls ❤️.

  4. Erin Valadez July 31, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Rachel, Malinda and Danielle: Well said and great eye opening points! I was literally in tears when I read your blogs (haha, for those of you that know me, that’s no surprise). Heather, I can only imagine how happy you were to get some earwax out. You guys rock! Have a great last day of clinic and a safe trip home.

  5. Rick LaPlante July 31, 2018 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Today’s title, “Love in Action,” says it all. May God continue to bless through the remainder of your mission.

  6. Butch July 31, 2018 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    God is amazing and all the more amazing working thru you all. Have a safet trip
    Hello my love…
    Cya tomorrow.

  7. Debby Mylar July 31, 2018 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    So good to hear how all of you are impacting the people of Guatemala! So worth it for me to give you up instead of having you here for my birthday, Rachel! Looking forward to hearing about all your experiences when you come back!

  8. Brenda July 31, 2018 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Loving as the posts! What a wonderful mission trip it has been for you all. Amazing to see how God works and the things he shows us through others. So very proud of you Madison and Savannah. xo mom

  9. Corey Duncan August 1, 2018 at 12:41 am - Reply

    Hola a todas. Great post! Love hearing about not only what God is doing through your hands but inside your hearts as well. Great job persevering through a long last day of clinic and clean up! Safe travels tomorrow. We love you Jenni/Mommy! See you tomorrow

  10. Trisha August 1, 2018 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you everyone for taking the time to share with me and many others, at times, when I’m sure exhaustion is setting in. How beautiful it is that God gives us these different experiences, unique perspectives and different powerful moments along the way. Even seemingly a world away, we can share in what Our Amazing God is doing. Thank you Danielle for what you shared on this day. It really spoke to my heart and to my soul. I am so thankful for what God is revealing to me. Love and prayers as you travel home.

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