Short-Term Teams

Friendship United Methodist Church, Canton, MI - January 4-13, 2018

A group of 12 came from Friendship Church. A few of these team members had been to Servant Ministries in the past with “other groups” but this was the first time that it was formally under the leadership of their church. They did a variety of different outreaches, which is nice for first timers; to give them a look at different outreaches of the ministry. They assisted an Embrace meeting, went to a mountain church, a recuperation center for malnourished children, painted a church, helped to finish off filling our school supply packs that will be distributed in February, hiked to a waterfall, went out to cut firewood with a family, visit the Mayan Ruins and did an Adopt-a-Child activity. They stayed busy and did a great job. They had their R&R in Antigua at the end of their time. These trips really open people’s eyes to the need of the people that Servant Ministries is reaching out to. Different team members had heard me share at their church but shared with me what a difference it made to come and see it first-hand. We invite “YOU” to come share the experience!

Emily, an 18-year old from the team, stayed behind for an extended stay. She participated with the medical team that came in 4 days after “her team” left and will also be here for a team that arrives in February. She will go out with the February team as they go to the 51 schools that the ministry covers under our School Sponsorship Project. This is a wonderful opportunity for a young person to really experience missions in a deeper way. Emily is part of the worship team at her own church and has begun to sing with the worship team at the Camotan church. She is helping to make some of our music bi-lingual when we have teams in and is adding harmony to what is being doing in Spanish. She has been a real blessing to have stay on for a while; and what an experience for a young person to have! We offer these longer term stays for people who want to go beyond the traditional 10-day trip.

 

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Surgical Outreach, Crossville, TN - January 13-19, 2018

Dr. Jon Simpson is an orthopedic surgeon from Crossville, TN. Both he and his wife, Cathy, who is a pharmacist have been down on medical teams to do medical outreach in our mountain villages. We have talked about how they might come down to allow Dr. Simpson to actually use his specialty, as a surgeon, and how it could bless the people who do not have the resources to do their surgeries. We have been talking about this for a couple of years; but I am so glad that we finally were able to put it into action. I met up with Jon and Cathy as the “Friendship Church” team was leaving to return to the US and they caught a ride with me back to the ministry center. The following day was Sunday and after going to church and out for lunch, we went to the office of an orthopedic surgeon from Chiquimula that I have been coordinating with. He had 19 patients with some very extreme cases for Dr. Simpson to review, examine the patients and look at their x-rays. They saw patients from 1:00pm until after 10:30pm. The two doctors have really connected and did surgeries together for Monday through Friday. They were able to do a knee replacement for a close missionary friend that has served in the mission field for 30 years. Bible translators, who live close-by and have been here for over 40 years, had one of their workers break his clavicle and they did that surgery too. One of my workers’ brother was run over by a car 5 weeks ago. He has been in the government hospital; a place you go when you have no other options to go to a private hospital. They had done a surgery on his back and another surgery but had not done surgery on his leg that had multiple fractures. Because he hadn’t been put in traction, his one leg shrunk up 4-5 inches shorter than his good leg. It was not an easy surgery, especially because they don’t have the equipment that allows surgery to be done easier. The Guatemalan doctor transferred this patient to a private hospital and said that he would find the way to pay the hospital bill! I think it was his way of blessing me for helping him to make the connection with Dr. Simpson and for all that future trips can potentially bring. Dr. Simpson assisted with the surgery as well and our nurses from the following medical team did some home visits to give injections for antibiotic and for avoiding blood clots. The rest of the surgeries were patients that the Guatemalan doctor had found. He charged nothing for “his services”. Our hope was to do the surgeries in a small hospital that he is building but it is not quite completed. So, he had to contract for the use of the surgical salon at a private hospital and the families had to pay for the hospital stay. It is so heart touching to see people that can be helped in this way.

Dr. Simpson has other surgeons that have expressed interest in coming and we are talking about future possibilities to bring in a complete surgical team. Hopefully the new hospital would be ready and then allow us to offer surgeries without cost of the hospital or for the surgery. Jon and Cathy are planning to come back in May and try to do some of the surgeries on some children that we have seen.

Both Jon and Cathy Simpson joined the medical team that came in following their arrival to assist with that. Dr. Simpson was one of the physicians seeing patients and Cathy oversaw one of our pharmacies.

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Crossville Medical Team, Crossville, TN - January 17-27, 2018

A very large team of 28 people made up this medical team. They have come 19 times out of the last 22 years. They have so much experience and operate like a well-oiled machine. Even though there are always new first timers, they blend right in and all get so much done. The team was so large that we divided it into two teams and we covered two different villages every day. They saw an average of 400 medical patients and 50 dental patients for each of the 5 days. Each team had a dentist and the need to have extractions done is immense and usually cannot be fully covered. This medical team offers reading glasses, ear cleanings, injections, breathing treatments, simple lab testing, wound care along with the other normal medical and dental consultations. For most, this is the only health care that these people receive! There is a second team that will come out of this team for next year, and the couple that will oversee that team in January 2019 brought some "trainees" to have a core group for next year that will have some experience. I am excited at the prospect of having an additional medical team; as there is so much need in this area. We should be able to go into some of our sponsored schools and new areas, beyond covering our churches, with plans to have 3 medical teams in the upcoming year.

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Testimony - Karen Palka


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Sometimes it takes multiple years to see your purpose in life or it can happen in a 10 day short-term mission trip. Servant Ministries has opened my eyes to experience love and relationships with people whom I don't speak their language. Returning to Guatemala annually (specifically Camotan with various teams) has grown my love and compassion for God’s people throughout the world. Nancy Sheldon understands the necessity of building relationships with people. My favorite experience is traveling high into the mountains to visit schools and the children that Servant Ministries supports with school supplies. Playing with them, blowing bubbles, giving stickers, making balloon animals and simply giving a smile has let me to see my purpose . . . to love ALL of God’s children and be joy-filled with the moment, not the stuff. God does have a plan for everyone - but we need to hear His soft whisper amongst life to walk toward our purpose. I highly recommend praying about joining a team and investing 10 days to give to others and grow yourself through Servant Ministries in Guatemala. -Karen Palka


Send us your story...

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 nancy@servantministries.net and let others be blessed through your experience!

 


SHORT-TERM TEAM DATES/AVAILABILITY FOR 2016-2017

Are you interested in bringing a team down in 2016 or 2017? 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
Jan 4-13, 2018 Canton, MI Friendship United Methodist Church Misc activities
Jan 17-27, 2018 Crossville, TN Doug and Sandi Reid Medical
Feb 1-10, 2018 Servant Ministries Kim Slowinski SSP school pack distribution and Misc Projects
Feb 15-24, 2018 AVAILABLE    
Jun 21-30, 2018 Servant Ministries Kim Slowinski Misc activities
Jul 12-21, 2018 AVAILABLE    
Jul 26 - Aug 4, 2018 AVAILABLE    
Oct 17-27, 2018 Mount Clemens, MI Bob and Maureen Baker Construction
Nov1-10, 2018 CERT (Crossville, TN)   Medical/Dental
Nov 15-24, 2018 Graford, TX James Turner VBS and misc. activities
Jan 3-12, 2019 Chattanooga, TN Jon & Kristina Manley Medical
Jan 17-26, 2019 Crossville, TN   Medical
Jan 31 - Feb 9, 2019 Brown City, MI Omard United Methodist Church/Becky Lonnborg SSP annual school pack distribution
Feb 22-Mar 2, 2019 Servant Ministries Kim Slowinski Misc. outreaches
Nov 15-24, 2017 Michigan Shane Hunter VBS and misc. activities

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"!


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