HIS Hands and Feet in Guatemala 2015, Part Four

This is the fourth part of a blog series that introduces you to the men, women, and children we met while serving the LORD in Zacapa, Guatemala.

Medical Clinic

During our week we offered two clinics. The first was a basic medical check-up done by our three nurses and a local medical doctor. As a part of this clinic, weDSC_0381 had a pharmacist able to give needed medications, vitamins, and over-the-counter medications.

Moms brought children with coughs and infections to be examined by the doctor. Our GFBC family provided the funding to purchase antibiotics in Guatemala, and we shared these antibiotics with families in need.

Eye drops were given to help with itching eyes and allergies. A young boy received inhalers to help him breath. A little girl had a severe throat infection … a throat more infected than our RNs had ever seen! Antibiotics were given. Needs were met.

The second clinic was a vision clinic which evaluatedIMG_7028 eyesight and offered eyeglasses to the people. A blind woman was led by her daughter and waited for hours to see if glasses would help her see. We prayed with her asking the LORD to meet her needs. Another eighty-seven-year old woman walked alone with a wooden cane from her home, waited patiently to see the medical doctor and then waited longer to have her eyes examined. She was thankful to receive glasses! A nine-year-old jumped in awe as glasses were put on her and she could see! Lots of smiles … Lots of “gracias” … Many happy hearts!!

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75-year-old woman had severe vision loss and when the glasses inventory was searched, there were no women’s glasses listed; only men’s glasses in her prescription. Jada pulled a pair of men’s glasses because of the severe need for this sweet woman. When she pulled out the first pair of men’s glasses, she found cute women’s glasses that fit tIMG_7200
his lady perfectly and allowed her to see clearly! We rejoiced and felt that our sweet LORD had turned the water into wine again … this time making the men’s glasses become women’s.

Lots of children came to the vision clinic alone, without parents. One of these was a young girl named Wendy. The vision team recognized that Wendy had a lazy eye and needed to wear an eye patch to strengthen the eye. KatieDSC_0172, one member of the vision team, had a lazy eye as a child, so she was intensely interested in helping this child. Katie, her husband Reid, and an interpreter made several trips walking to Wendy’s home to explain the need to her mom. At firstIMG_0697 little Wendy was not happy to wear the patch, and her mom did not understand the need. After Reid patiently demonstrated to the mom how covering one eye could straighten the lazy eye, the mom excitedly agreed to use the patch.
Little Wendy fell in love with Katie and spent the rest of the day with her at the vision clinic. Katie and Reid experienced such sweet moments of loving on this family and reassuring this precious girl that God made her perfectly beautiful in His eyes. We look forward to returning to see little eyes that move together and look at us straight-in-the-eyes!

An eight-year-oldDSC_0209
came without parents and told us his eyes hurt. One of our RNs went with an interpreter to his home to give his mom eye drops, and to teach her how to administer the drops. When they arrived, the fire the family used to cook was right outside the front of the house, and the smoke was constantly coming into the home. This is a common problem in Guatemala! We spoke over and over about how important it is to keep the children away from the smoke from the fire as much as possible.

Imagine your life without glasses!! Imagine if you had cataracts but had no way to receive surgery!! These people were so happy to receive a pair of glasses. In some cases, we had to show the people how to balance the glasses on their ears and noses since they had never put on a pair of glasses!! In one case, a woman had a cataract in one eye and glaucoma in the other. She cried as she told us there was free cataract surgery in the capital city but she had no money to pay the transportation to get there. She lived alone and fears that she soon will be blind. We were able to take her name and address to the Hope of Life leadership, offering to pay the transportation costs to get her to the city.

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