Stories - Guatemala #3


Guatemala #3

Susan Sheffield and Tracy Baird | Jun 23, 2016

Each morning Monday through Thursday we started the day with team devotions. On Monday Dr. Alb exhorted those of us who were not sure of our relationship with God or were not feeling connected to Him to pray four prayers. He told us to petition God, “Allure me,” “Speak to me,” “Break my heart,” and “Give me faith.” He told us that we can’t love God until we experience the love of God. He also reminded us of the scripture that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Dr. Alb also encouraged us that our work in the sharing stations at the medical clinics will be allowing more people to hear God’s word.

On Monday and Tuesday our team of 21 divided and half went to Mana de Vida while the other half served at mobile medical clinics with MMM.

Monday at Mana de Vida started with a presentation by the staff and students that both entertained and educated us. Our team leader D’Ann, the International Support Coordinator for the school, had business and strategy meetings to plan for long-term sustainability. Some team members interviewed students using an interpreter to write updates to their sponsors. The school provides periodic parent training, so one team member with expertise in child behavior taught a parenting seminar to over 50 parents promoting positive parenting skills. Another team member is a foster parent and also works in the foster care arena, so she shared foster care best practices for Mana de Vida’s new foster care initiative. Most of the younger children interacted directly with the students, playing with them and encouraging them. Nearby, two team members took vital signs, measured height/weight, and shared the gospel with patients at the Mana de Vida medical clinic.

Our team with MMM traveled to a village called Las Vegas about 2 ½ hours away from our home base.  They set up the mobile medical clinics with 6 doctor stations, a pharmacy, a dental clinic, and 6 sharing/prayer stations. They saw about 100 patients in the doctor stations and 8 or 9 patients in the dental clinic on Monday. On Tuesday they were hosted by a church about 2 hours away. The church had a metal ceiling and a beautiful tile floor. It was not completely enclosed with the front open to the environment. The set up was similar and again they saw about 100 medical patients. About 5 patients were seen for extractions by the MMM dentist.

We had team sharing and story-telling time on Monday night. We encouraged one another with tales of our serving days, with many laughs and a few tears.    

On Tuesday morning our devotion time with Dr. Alb focused on God’s plan for our lives. He shared many Bible verses, notably 2 Timothy 1:9, “He saved us and called us not according to our works but according to His purpose,” and John 15:16, “You didn’t choose me, I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”