A small team came to put their major focus on the distribution of the school packs for our School Sponsorship Project. We were able to cover 56 schools and give out a total of 6,329 school packs; including our Embrace children who do not attend one of our sponsored schools. This involved many trips over very rough terrain in the back end of 4x4 pickup trucks; in order to put these supplies in the hands of the children who were eagerly waiting to receive them. Different schools showed their appreciation in different ways; that included making thank you cards and posters, doing oral presentations for the team and heart felt words from so many. We have been doing this outreach for 15 years now and continue to see the growing need to provide these simple school supplies to the children; to allow them to do their school work. This project takes a lot of time, finances, donations and participation to make it successful but we are happy for another year to be able to reach out to these precious children in the remote rugged mountains of eastern Guatemala and to make a difference in their lives!
This team also did hospital visitation, visited one of the ministry churches, did an Adopt-a-Child activity and participated with some of the needs for the Embrace program.
We had people come from Crossville and other parts of Tennessee plus others from Texas and Michigan that made up this medical team. This group that we have always referred to as the “Crossville Medical Team” has been coming for 25 years and only missed two years of having teams comes in that time frame! Can you imagine? We have truly formed deep friendships with so many that have repeatedly come back. It is always nice to see people come back again and again; but it is also great to welcome first timers who are stepping out for the first time. Thankfully, that is what has kept this annual team going so strongly for so many years.
The team was able to hand out 350 medical tickets daily and also between 20-40 dental tickets daily. We had two doctors working in dental for two days. Some areas are so much in need of this kind of outreach. We are limited to doing just extractions but so many of these people have been in chronic pain for years and years. I would like to look into securing some portable dental equipment that would allow us to do teeth fillings and be able to add that to our outreaches in the future. How great it would be to handle people’s dental needs and be able to save some of those teeth! If anyone has information on this type of equipment, I would appreciate the contact info. We had some new doctors come on this team, which is always great and opens up potential future teams from again branching off and forming their own medical group. And they could not be trained up under a better group; this Crossville medical team operates like a “well oiled machine” and certainly has the ability to provide the necessary training for future medical teams to be formed.
We found some babies and toddlers to put into the milk program under our ministry clinic and also found some good candidates for the Embrace program through the team’s clinic days. The last two villages that the team went to had never had medical clinics. They literally saw people who had never had medical or dental care and the needs were great. We also screened some candidates for some potential future surgical needs for babies/children who were born with cleft lips and open palates. Some have had some initial surgeries but need to have more done. We are partnering with a local doctor that is offering the use of his hospital as well as an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon from Chiquimula to work together with an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon who came to participate with the team from Raleigh NC. We did one minor in-patient surgery to clip a “tongue tied” child’s tongue to allow them a better range of motion and hopefully improved speech. The Lord continues to open new doors for us to be able to reach out and make a difference in the lives of people in eastern Guatemala. This team is already asking about next year’s dates!
Have you been on a short term trip to Guatemala in the last year or so?????? Write us and tell us how it impacted your life and how you enjoyed it! We would like to start a new area that shares these “testimonies” with others in the hopes of motivating them to come on a team. You first timers can identify with the fact that you just “don’t know what you are getting into” and there are always a lot of questions. You can also share how it really turned out and what kind of an experience it was for you. I know that these short term trips can absolutely change people’s lives! Will you help us to encourage others to take the step to have this experience????? Send your testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org and let others be blessed through your experience!
Are you interested in bringing a team down in 2019 or 2020? The below chart shows the team(s) already scheduled and dates that are still available. If you are interested in bringing a team to fill one of the available time periods contact us.
|DATES||TEAM FROM||PERSON/GROUP||ACTIVITIES PLANNED|
|Mar 14-23, 2019||Monroe, GA/ Canton, MI||Lighthouse World Outreach/Friendship Church||Church construction|
|Jun 27-Jul 4, 2019||Linus Vaughn||Pastors' retreat and church visitation|
|Jul 11-20, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Oct 17-26, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Oct 31-Nov 9, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Nov 14-23, 2019||Canton, MI||Cindy Fader/Friendship Church||VBS and misc. activities|
|Jan 1-11, 2020||Chattanooga, TN||Jon & Kristina Manley||Medical Team|
|Jan 22 - Feb 1, 2020||Crossville, TN||Ed Camera||Medical Team|
|Feb 6-15, 2020||Michigan||Kim Slowinski||SSP Team|
|Feb 20-29, 2020||AVAILABLE|
|Mar 12-21, 2020||AVAILABLE||Church construction|
I have been communicating with a few more groups that haven't set their dates yet, but want to encourage you to get your time slot set aside. These short term trips can impact their participants in a dramatic way. Take advantage of exposing your people to an opportunity to "experience missions"!