Saturday, February 1, 2014


Highlights, Regrets, and Miracles

Margaret Morford

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

 

It is Thursday and I am very tired…but it is a good kind of tired.  No one got deadly sick on this trip, although some of our team saw patients between bouts of sickness.  God opened so many opportunities for us to serve and we were fortunate to be present for the numerous miracles He performed on this trip. 

Saturday – Los Flores

On the way to Los Flores (the first clinic day), our bus driver, Henry, stopped half way up a mountain side on a dirt road.  He’d looked at his gages and realized he had lost the pressure in the brakes.  Most people don’t notice those types of things until they press on the brakes and realize they don’t have any. If he hadn’t casually reviewed his dash board, we would have discovered we had no brakes coming down the other side of the mountain.  Thank you for all the prayers regarding our safety.  Truly God’s intervention!

 

At Los Flores, three of our team members walked up the hill past the dental clinic to the local market (la pulperia – think 7-11 in a closet).  One of them was Pat Towery, who is quit tall and muscled.  They met an elderly lady along the way (we think at least 80) who was not even 5 feet tall and thin as a rail.  Some pretty aggressive dogs pursued them on the way up the hill.  When Pat and his group exited the pulperia, she was waiting with a huge stick to walk them back and fend off the dogs because she was so grateful for the care she had gotten in the village.  Try to picture Pat with his tiny protector looking after him!

Sunday – Cofradia

In addition to the huge clinic we held here, where local churches brought in busloads of people, Deb Duty held a women’s group for the local women teaching them a biblical perspective on self-image.  This is her second year to do this and more women came this year than last year.  There is a great need for this as the role of rural women is very hard here.  Doug Duty held the first men’s group and discussed helping you wife (not a normal concept for Honduran men) and serving your local church.  All the attendees were eager to learn more scripture and Deb and Doug filled them up!

 

Monday – Guimaca

If you haven’t figured out by now, this was the largest and longest clinic we had.  While we saw 692 patients, we were unable to see about 125 people, who had come from the mountains.  They were unable to get in line until 11:00 in the morning because of how far they had to travel.  (The line had started forming about 6:00 that morning.)  They stood in the sun all day hoping for a chance to see someone and we had to turn them away when we finally closed the gate at 5:15 PM in order to finish by 7:30 that night.  Several women begged at the gates for care for their children and Deb Duty continued to administer parasite medicine through the bars to everyone that wanted it.  Despite how tired we were that memory continues to haunt us all.
 
 

Tuesday- Los Charcos

We were blessed to have on our team Donna Trotter and Todd Warren who work in physical therapy and orthopedics back home.  This year we held two physical therapy clinics where Donna and Todd left our group and did intensive work with 31 handicapped patients we encountered.  Los Charcos has a beautiful facility that is very clean and staffed by very caring people, but who have no training at all in how to help their patients.  Donna and Todd found them very willing to learn and provided some on-going instructions for how to help their patients.  God provided exactly what was missing and what they needed on this trip.

 

We give out hundreds of pounds of food in each village.  Here we encountered two teenage girls (15 and 17 years old) each with a baby each.  They arrived after we had run through the food.  Doug Woods approached some of the team members and they emptied their back packs of all the meals and snacks they had brought with them for the day.  We were able to send the girls home with two grocery sacks full of food.  If you are thinking loaves and fishes, we were too!
 
 
We experience a small miracle there and then an even bigger one later on that night.  When we had run out of the supply of vitamin packets we had brought for the day, we found one more person badly in need of them.  Everyone scoured the boxes praying diligently for one more packet, but nothing was there.   Shortly afterwards, Pat Towery looked down on the ground and found one vitamin packet just lying there that no one had seen.

 The vitamin team told us that night that they had given out almost the entire week’s supply of vitamins and expected to run out within the first two hours of the final clinic day.  Dr. Ponce told us that he had plenty of vitamins which he would bring tomorrow. He made a special trip back to Tegucigalpa (about an hour and a half round trip).  Praise God!  They were packed in bulk.  So for those of you that packed pills with us, try to imagine packing pills bumping along on a school bus driving on a dirt road through the mountains!

 
 Wednesday – La Labranza

This was the site of our biggest miracle.  We had not been back to this community in 12 years, but suddenly they made a request for us to come.  We arrived to do our usual clinic.  Late in the afternoon, a young woman came with her baby, who was severely dehydrated and somewhat unresponsive.  She had walked an hour and a half carrying her 16 month old baby to get her some care.  We happen to have two medical professionals on our team that specialize in babies and children.  They managed to get two IV lines into the child in order to put 20 plus bottles of saline.  I was told by one of the nurses that it is almost impossible to get an IV into a dehydrated infant, much less two of them!  Susan Davis, one of the infant specialists, told the group later that she was only able to do this because she had some very special catheters that she found in her backpack – which she normally wouldn’t have packed - that she didn’t remember packing!  We took up a collection to pay for bus rides for the entire family to/from the nearest hospital (2 hours away), as well as to buy food for the family.  We transported them to the nearest bus stop and we are awaiting news of the child’s condition even as we are leaving Honduras.  We will post the outcome on this blog as soon as we know.  All the medical professionals agree that the baby was in severe distress and probably would have died in the next day or so.  Only God could bring together so many things that had to work so perfectly in order to intervene in this baby’s life!


 
We are now at the airport in Tegucigalpa WAITing to go home.  Everyone is upbeat, but ready to go.  However, as we bid goodbye to all our local translator and helpers, you can hear the words over and over, “See you next year!”  So I will close by thanking those of you at home that donated, volunteered, sponsored, pill packed, wrote us encouraging notes along the way and most important of all, prayed for us throughout this journey, “THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  See you next year!”

 

Notes from a Newbie: We don’t have any more Newbies.  They are all veterans of their first mission trip to Honduras!

Here I Am Lord, Send Me

Bart Perkey

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

 

Medical and dental mission trips like those sponsored by Luke 9:2 Ministries are possible because everyday Christians make the decision to leave their families and jobs for a week and travel to Honduras. During that week, they eat different foods, sleep in small bunk beds with snoring “strangers,” and take showers in a concrete stall that are often cold.  They will travel an hour or two one way to a day-long clinic on a mechanically fragile school bus with seats built for children.  They will stand or sit for long hours talking to people they do not know, who speak a different language, all while being careful not to ingest a drop of contaminated water when doing everyday tasks like brushing their teeth. 

For today’s blog, I asked four of this year’s team members why they do it.  

Pat Towrey, a computer specialist from a Kentucky big box discount store, came this year with his teenage daughter, Bekah.  He and Becka, along with a few of the medical people, left the Monday clinic for a short drive across town to treat a group of special needs children and adults.  Pat delighted in watching Becka’s when they arrived.  His heart filled with emotion as he watched Becka without hesitation “loving on these children.” A dad and his daughter got to creat a life-long memory of serving the Lord together.
 
Janet Gerard, an experienced RN from Oregon, flew all night via Houston to meet up with the team at the airport in Honduras.  Nearing the end of a very long day (692 patients!), a young mother with two children came to Janet’s medical station.  After she finished the medical screening, she sensed something else had brought this woman to the clinic.  She asked her, “Is something else going on at home?”   Through tears, she was able to tell this American stranger and her Honduran interrupter that her husband was cheating on her and she was scared of getting a disease and being left alone and destitute.  Janet talked with her about how to protect herself from venereal disease.  After translating Janet’s advice, the young Honduran translator kept talking.  Janet asked this 16 year-old, high school senior what he had said.  He told the woman that she first needed a relationship with God and then He would send her a good man.  This hurting, scared woman came seeking comfort and the gospel was shared.
 

Margaret Morford, a management consultant from Nashville, talked to me about learning a whole new level of gratitude on this trip.  As she tells it in her own words, “We had one dental patient – a ten-year-old girl, who needed two very infected molars removed.  We could only deaden her so much because severe infection makes the anesthetic less effective.  Despite the stress and pain she experienced and all the cotton I packed in her bleeding mouth, she got up out of the chair, put her arms around my waist and hugged me.  I need to focus more on the positive in my life and not the negative.”

Greg Schmidt, an automobile salesman from Nashville, works with the dental team as well, holding the flashlight for injections and extractions – doing whatever is needed to assist the dental professionals.  Greg says, “I absolutely love taking what is usually a nervous situation and turning it into a fun and pleasurable one.  Sometimes a simple touch on the arm or a hug around the neck makes all things better!  Even though we go away to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to people in a foreign land, to somehow change their lives for the better, it seems that I am the one that comes away changed.  God convicts my heart to look at other people in a more caring and loving way.  He reminds me that we are ALL family and that He is all our Fathers.”

These are just a sample of the everyday Christians who come away from Honduras with joy in their hearts because they said “yes” when the opportunity came.
 

Notes from a Newbie: (Patty White)

The countryside is gorgeous with the mountains and beautiful wild flowers.  The people I encountered are loving, kind, and hard-working.  They don’t have the conveniences we have.  We saw them washing clothes by hand in a creek, plowing the fields with oxen and weeding with a hoe.

The Luke 9:2 Ministry is very organized and everything went smoothly.  It is amazing that we could see almost 3,000 patients with so little equipment.  Even though there were bumps in the road (literally and figuratively!), God took care of all of our needs.  Our loving God is the same everywhere.

At the end of the third day (our longest clinic), my back was tired and I was tired.  I stood to stretch and shouted out, “Glory!”  Raising my hands high in the air, I then shouted “Hallelujah!”  Several of the Honduran people, who had finished getting their glasses, gave me a hug, a kiss and a “God bless you.”  Then one said, “I hope I will see you again.”  I told her, “You will.  I’ll see you in heaven.”  This started a chain of events with the next four or five telling me, “I’ll see you in heaven, too!”  What a beautiful picture that will be!

God is everywhere when you least expect Him to give me strength and He shows up just when I need Him.

 

 

 

Puddles

James Jones

Los Charcos, Honduras

 

 

 

When Susan Nally approached me about writing the blog post for today, I was a little nervous to say yes. I haven’t written anything since my college days, which was around the year 2000 and none of your business. But even as I cautiously said yes, I wondered what in the world I would write about. As I should have known, God gave me the words and the blog wrote itself as the day drew near, then came, and went.

 

After our marathon day in Guimaca, everyone was worn down and tired. Beth Ann, the fearless leader of our medical team who is four months pregnant, finally gave in to our requests to take a day off since she has been eating, sleeping, and working for two. That meant that someone needed to head up the medical team in Los Charcos. Beth Ann approached me on Monday night and asked me to be in charge of the medical team.  My first thought was “Ok, God, I asked you to give me something to write about in the blog and you sure answered that prayer fast.” I immediately expected to be very nervous about today, but for some reason I had a calm feeling all night and again in the morning. As I should have known, God is in control at all times.

 

Los Charcos means “puddles” in Spanish. I didn’t know that until after we arrived back from our day there. When I asked Jose, one of our interpreters, what it meant, he had a hard time translating it to English and simply told me “It’s what fills up holes.” Again, unbeknownst to me at the time, this was God speaking directly to me. At the time, I didn’t understand what God was saying, but after I found out the real meaning of Los Charcos, I realized that God was saying that in our lives, He is what fills up our holes. Our mission team comes from all walks of life and all types of places across the United States. We all have holes that need to be filled. Speaking from experience, I have attempted to fill those holes with things other than God. What I’m sure you have all realized, God is the only thing that can fill these holes in our lives. And He sure did today.
 

The first hole that God filled for me was that feeling of nervousness and fear about having to lead the medical team after only two years as a translator (that title for myself is very lightly given as I speak what my brother Adam and I call “caveman Spanish”) and one year of medical experience with Luke 9:2 Ministries. However, as I said before, I had a calm feeling the moment Beth Ann approached me about leading the team. God was my puddle.

 

The second hole was having the worn out, exhausted feeling that I and many, if not all, of the members of our team had this morning. We had gotten home at almost ten o’clock at night, eaten a quick, yet delicious, dinner, and headed straight to bed. Since we had an hour and a half trip to Los Charcos, we had to get up and eat breakfast early again and get on the road. Just as I started to think about how long and difficult the day would be, Caleb and Michelle started to lead us in our morning worship and God started speaking again. We started to sing the song “You Are My All in All.”  Although all of the words spoke directly to me, three phrases immediately filled up the hole of exhaustion. “You are my strength when I am weak”, “Lord, to give up I’d be a fool”, and especially, “When I am dry You fill my cup” were like one of Brother Doug Duty’s quad expresso’s to my soul. God quickly reminded me that I had nothing to fear, He was there to be my puddle, to fill all of the holes in my life.


I could continue on and on about the holes in my life and the ways God has filled them and became Los Charcos, my puddles. Let me end this blog post with how today went. Without Beth Ann being present at the clinic, I feared that I would not have an answer to someone’s question, or I wouldn’t be able to get everything running smoothly as our previous days had been. What I here, but one thing is clear it was about God, our team, and our purpose. After about two hours of working, I took a small break and kind of stood back and looked at how our clinic was running. Even though Beth Ann wasn’t physically present, I saw her years of hard work and planning right in front of my eyes. We were functioning like a well-oiled machine. Everyone knew their role, everyone knew who to go to with questions, and everything went unbelievably smooth. We have many team members who do not work in primary care at their jobs at home. But you wouldn’t know that if you saw them today. They were incredible! They were awesome! God was working. God was in control. God filled our holes. God was, and is, our Los Charcos.

Notes from a Newbie: (Tanya Carter)

As I reflect on the trip thus far, I am truly amazed by the gratitude of the Honduran people.  We are able to do so little for them – just temporary fixes for mostly chronic problems.  We will never know the impact we made here, but one thing is clear, there will be a permanent imprint on my heart from this trip, by these beautiful people.  I’ve truly fallen in love with this country, and though I am leaving, a tiny piece of my heart will remain eagerly waiting for me to return.  I am so humbled that God could use me in a small way on this trip.

 

Thursday, January 30, 2014


We Should Love Our Neighbor as Ourselves

Rick Copeland

La Labranza, Honduras

 

It is time to give a report of accountability to everyone who has invested their time, money and trust in the 35 member group that represented the Luke 9:2 Ministries in Honduras this year.  Your medical, dental and support team has worked hard this week, both individually and as a group.  Some days are harder than others, none harder than Guimaca on Monday.  Up at 5:15 AM, serve almost seven hundred people and return for supper at 10:00 PM, only to get up again at 5:45 AM the next morning.  Tired yes, but not one person complained. 
 
 

How does this happen?  First, is the nature of the 35 team member you sent.  Second, it is the team’s recognition of Jesus’ command in Luke 10:27 where he said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And finally, all of you have a part in this trip as well.  Your dollars, your pill packing and your prayers are a reminder to each of us that many hours are invested before we even travel our first mile.  The numerous personal notes you write for each of us to read every day give us much needed encouragement.  These things all bring peace to our hearts.  If this was the State of the Union address, the President would be saying, “All is well.” 
 
 

But remember, nothing stays the same.  Almost 2,700 years ago, Solomon said in Ecclesiastes that there is a season to all things.  If this mission is to change, let it expand and get even better.  For this to happen, our prayer warriors must continue to pray, our pill packers must pack even more pills, more dollars must be raised and people at home and in Honduras must volunteer.  May our services grow and expand in Honduras as they have the last two years with our  eye glasses and fresh water programs.  On behalf of our whole team, thank you for everything you have done for us.  To those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to participate in some way, may you find your gift, use it and feel the joy we feel tonight.

 

Notes from a Newbie: (Jodi Ervin)

My first time in Honduras, I see the expected brown eyes, but also many blue eyes from German descent.  My eyes are open to these loving people, who like us, want better for their children.  They are eager to learn, eager to have medicine and eager to drink safe water.  This is a beautiful country with gorgeous mountains and tropical plants, and yet such poverty for its people, who go hungry and die from preventable illnesses.  Through the eyes of a Newbie, I have fallen in love with a new land and its people and pray that the Lord provides a way for us to return once again.



 

Water, Water Everywhere…

Susan Nally

Guimaca, Honduras

 

Have you considered what your life would be like without clean water?    Let’s examine a few things we know.  Our bodies consist of more than 70 % water.  More than 50% of the earth is covered with water.  A pregnant woman must drink more than 64 ounces of water a day.   Now think about how much water you use just to brush your teeth, washing dishes or washing your clothes. 


Water is necessary to our everyday living!  What would you do if you did not have water available for your everyday existence?  What would you do if you did not have clean water?

Luke 9:2 has been searching for years for a way to bring clean water to the villages where we work.  Last September, Luke 9:2 partnered with Water Steps and the first water system was installed at the mission compound at Cofradia, Honduras.  This new water purification system is supplying clean water to the village people on a regular basis.  All the people have to do is purchase a 5 gallon water bottle for $1.00 and they can continue to bring it back and receive free clean water.  As of this writing, 40 to 50 families bring their jugs to the mission compound twice a week to get their water.

 

Pastor Nelson says that free water is being taken to the school, the medical clinic and the police department.  Each of these groups have the ability to touch many lives.  It stands to reason that children will become healthier and the community as a whole will see an improvement in everyone’s health.     

 In April of 2014, three more water systems will be installed.  The water team will install systems in two villages and one orphanage.  Lives will be changed because of the availability of clean water.  If you are interested in providing clean, life-giving water to people who cannot get it, you can partner with Luke 9:2 Ministries by going to our website (www.luke9-2ministries.org) to find information about how to make a donation to this specific project.


Be a part of something that will change lives for generations!  Matthew 10:42 reminds us that, “ And anyone who gives one of my humble followers a cup of cool water, just because that person is my follower, will be rewarded.”

Notes from a Newbie:   (Elizabeth Ward) 

I finally got to come on a medical mission trip with Luke 9:2 Ministries to Honduras.  For over 10 years I have been helping to prepare for the trips but always watching them go without me.  It was not my time yet.  I feel blessed to have finally made it to Honduras for this work.

I have seen many pictures of the trips, but until you come you cannot understand fully the extent of the need or the work.  Today we pulled up to our biggest clinic of the week.  There were so many people lined up, you could not see the end of the line.  By the end of the day (7:30 pm) we had served 697 patients; pulled 200 teeth; and given out 141 pairs of glasses. The most that Luke 9:2 Ministries have ever done in one day.

  “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2


 

 

WHO WILL GO FOR US?

Doug and Deborah Duty

Cofradia, Honduras

 

Today I want to focus not on those who we are serving but on those who came to serve.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying – “Whom shall I send, who will go for Us? Then I said, “Here am I, send me!”  Isaiah 6:8

 The text has always been a great testament to me. God calls, He calls for ANYONE. Isaiah overhears the conversation and simply responds. The writer even put an exclamation point on his response. This was not a timid reply, this was not a reply that had hesitation. Isaiah replied quickly and emphatically. When he responded he did not know the details, he didn’t question what he would have to do or insist on what he would or would not do.

That is what I have seen in the days here on this trip. Men and women of all ages, all cross sections of life and from various states. As I walk around I drink in the wonder that is this team.

Everyone doing their “thing” but also pitching in to lug boxes, unstack and stack chairs, carry tables and help anyone that needs help. It is a beautiful sight to see brothers and sisters working together.

 

These great people answered the call regardless of anyone else. They didn’t tell the mission what they would or would not do… they said – HERE AM I! I will go! I want to go! Not only that they paid for the privilege of serving. They set aside their own vacation time, they save for months just to be able to say – HERE AM I.

I thank God for people like this. I am impressed by their humble serving hearts. Working LONG hours and still laughing. Smiling when I know good and well they are extremely tired. That is how you answer the call when God says – “who will go for Us?”   Doug

Returning to Honduras for the second time still has me in great awe!  I love seeing how everyone works together to serve as many people as possible.  At the end of today, I find myself thinking it is just not enough. Everyone was still working frantically to see every patient as the sun sets. 

Mother’s on the other side of the fence begging for medication for their children.  A humbling reminder that I have never had to do this.  And that I am truly blessed.   It amazes me how God always gives you what you need exactly when you need it!  I was asking the ages of children and mothers were yelling out ages and I understood.  No one was complaining, just trying to continue to serve.  How do you turn people away as they have stood in line all day, not one of us wanted to!  What a humbling experience!!!   Deb
 


Each one here has answered the call and I know God will honor what has been done in this place.    

Notes from a Newbie:  (Larry McCullough)

Although I have traveled extensively throughout Latin America, this was my first medical missions trip in over 40 years.  It was wonderful to see people come together with the purpose of being God’s hands, feet, and ears to a needy people. 

I was especially impressed with a group of older high school and young university students (national Honduran youth) who worked tirelessly by our side --- serving primarily as translators for the doctors and nurses, and medical support staff.
 

In the book of Malachi, we are exhorted to look and see all that God is doing around the world.  This mission trip helped us see how God is at work in the country of Honduras.  I wish that more dedicated and committed people (those who want to serve God in some way) could experience a trip like this.  And, it was not the trip per se, but the people that God brought.

Sunday, January 26, 2014


La Farmacia

Michelle Guy

Those of you who read the previous day’s blog will understand when you read that today’s adventures began with WAITing on the bus when we encountered a problem with the brakes en route. Praise God that all ended well. While waiting for alternate transportation to our first clinic, I began to contemplate just how amazing God is. Who knew that working in my Daddy’s pharmacy as a high school student would be preparation, not for a career but, for mission trips decades later?! Every year for nine years, I along with faithful others, have worked in la farmacia, the make-shift pharmacy area of our clinics.


Much planning and behind-the-scenes work is done before the mission trip ever begins. A monetary gift is given to Luke 9:2 Ministries each year to fund the medications that are purchased from Blessings International, a non-profit organization that supplies medicines at a reduced cost, specifically for medical mission groups. Once the meds are purchased, a group of volunteers gather at Crievewood Baptist Church for “pill packing.” During this time, thousands of vitamins and other medicines are counted and placed into individual bags, upon which the volunteers have placed labels with dosage directions in Spanish and English. These are then packed into crates for the trip. The liquid medicines, primarily given to children, are purchased in Honduras and await the farmacia staff to pour them into small individual plastic bottles.


Once on the clinic site, the pharmacy team sets up shop, placing medications on whatever tables, desks, benches, etc. they can find. Patients receive paper sacks when they register for the clinic. When the nurse or doctor examines them, he or she writes on the bag which medications, from those packed and bought, are recommended to best treat the patient. The patient takes the bag to la farmacia area, and we place the meds in the bag.

 
 

In addition, God has provided an experienced pharmacist for our team. Caleb Williamson is a master at making substitutions for meds we run out of near the end of the trip. He also knows enough about compounding to mix up meds when needed.


God commands us in Matthew 22:39, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Amazing God plans and provides for us to do just that!

Daily Note from a Newbie: Rebekah Towery

It’s such a blessing to see all of the beautiful people of Honduras. I hope to bring glory to God this week. My favorite part of this first clinic day was after I had finished helping in food distribution. Some of the children were playing and found the empty food bags and had sack races. They came up with the most creative ways to keep the races fun and interesting. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for the rest of the week!

WAITING

Margaret Morford

Author’s Note: We are normally blessed every year to have Libby and Doug Eaton with us on our mission trips.  They work countless hours and have a genius for conveying what is happening on the mission trip through words and pictures.  However this year, Doug and Libby are still in Nashville WAITing on the birth of their first grandchild, which is imminent.  A great number of us are trying to fill in for them and we are rotating who will write the blog each day…or pieces of the blog.  I made the mistake of asking who was writing it today and was immediately assigned the task for doing so. 

This day reminds me of my favorite verse from the Bible,

“But they that WAIT upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31.

My sister, Jean (her first mission trip), and I arrived at the church in Nashville at 3:20 this morning to find Robert Brown already WAITing on our group despite the fact that Doug Nally told us we didn’t have to be there until 3:30 AM.  Robert had come early to de-ice the buses and warm them up so that we wouldn’t freeze in our Honduras shorts, flip flops and light jackets.  It was seven degrees when we left Nashville and no one wanted to drag their coats to warm Honduras.  Thank you Robert!  (We also had to WAIT on Doug Nally, our fearless leader, who didn’t arrive until 3:45 AM, but that’s another story!)



Our plane was late leaving Nashville because we had to WAIT while they de-iced it – something you want done so your plane doesn’t crash!  However, the delay was not a problem as we had sufficient WAIT time in Miami to make our connection to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We also were WAITing to meet up with three more of our team who were coming from various other parts of the country.  All of them made it despite the fact that the airport monitors were full of flights that had been cancelled all across the country due to the fierce ice, snow and frigid temperatures that are sweeping across the U.S.

Our plane was an hour late departing Miami because we had to WAIT for the maintenance mechanics to put a new screw in the outside body of the plane.  We never found out what needed to be reattached, but I wouldn’t want to take off in any plane for anywhere that is missing any part!



When we arrived in Honduras, there was a long WAIT to get our medical crates and a WAIT to clear customs.  We were again blessed that everything arrived and is available for our first medical clinic in the morning.  On a previous trip, our crates got held up and it is almost impossible to treat our patients without the medical supplies we bring with us. A nurse on our team, Janet Gerard, was flying from Oregon to meet us in Honduras.  She managed to get to Houston before they closed the airport due to weather.  Although she had to WAIT in Houston, she arrived at about the same time we did on one of the few flights to get out of Houston today!  Losing any medical person on the trip limits the number of patients we can see so they are critical to how successful our mission will be.  We have two more people coming tomorrow who had to WAIT to get off work to join us. 

We are now 33 strong and ready to do the work that God has for us, laid out in accordance with his plan on his perfect time table.  Tonight we will arrive in the compound at Cofradia and get everything organized for tomorrow.  We are now WAITing for our first clinic day to definitely where we will eagerly aWAIT for our first patients.  But most important of all, we will WAIT to see what blessings, and lessons, God has for each of us on this trip.

Daily Note from a Newbie: Jean Morford

Obviously being a newbie I have no idea what to expect. I can say that being with this caring and industrious group will be a blessing all on its own. The camaraderie is wonderful to observe and I look forward to whatever task is assigned me. The landing in Tegucigalpa was definitely exciting and got things started with a bang.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mission Trip Baby "Blues". Or Baby "Pinks"?

The blog posts for the 2014 mission trip of Luke 9:2 Ministries will not be written by me.  Others will pick up the "pen" and document the comings and goings, ups and downs, joys and sorrows, pains and pleasures of the mission team this year.  Certainly these other writers are more than capable of capturing these moments for those of us that will be back in the States, myself included.

For the last four years my role on the team has been to communicate to loved ones all that was going on with the team in Honduras and Guatemala.  Along with my husband, we posted the events of the day using words and pictures.  Many of you have encouraged us in the effort with your kind comments, both written on the blog and in person. It certainly isn't for lack of affirmation that we will not be making the trip this year!

So, why aren't we going?  Well, on or around February 9, 2014 we will become grandparents for the first time!  Since babies have a way of coming whenever they are ready, we just didn't want to take the chance that the baby would come while we were out of the country!  So, we decided to stay here and support the team from this side of the border!

Luke 9:2 Ministries will be returning to Cofradia, Honduras, about an hour from Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.  They depart on Friday, January 24th and will return on Friday, 31st.  While there, they will serve in 5 remote medical clinics.  Doctors and nurses will treat the sick, dentists will pull teeth, de-worming and other medicines will be dispensed, food will be distributed, and reading and other glasses will be given to those that need them.

My heart will be with them.  And, Lord willing, we will again join them in 2015.

Why the blog post title, you ask?  We don't know if we are having a grandson or a granddaughter!