Well, yesterday we sent all of our remaining patients home looking quite well. Please continue to pray for Juana, Sebastiana, Manuela, Aura, Tomasa, and Magdalena over the coming weeks and months. We will be praying that they continue to recover well at home and have perfect healing of their bodies. More importantly, as always, we hope that their souls have been touched and that they have felt the healing touch of our Lord and Savior.
In the afternoon we had Duane Ficker pick us up for a quick flight out to Canillá, which in my heart is the closest place to heaven this side of the clouds when I am able to be there with my family. The Fickers, as always, were amazing and generous hosts. It is so awesome to hear about all that God is doing in that area!
I am now on the flight home, my head swimming with visions and stories of all that He will do in Canillá and the surrounding areas, and my purse full of rough-drawn plans—but PLANS, dear readers!—for a 24 hour HOSPITAL there on their farm!!! They have a U.S. physician group committed to staffing it, the government’s approval to start a Nursing School there, a dorm/apartment already being built and fully funded to help house the visiting teams, and God continuing to open doors! I f76577literally had goose bumps just over and over again hearing about how He is moving there!
Please pray for them fervently over the next few months especially. Pray that they would continue to hear His voice and His direction in all of these plans. Pray for clear vision, monetary funding, and guidance and wisdom for all involved in this rapidly-growing project. Most of all, pray for the lives and souls that will be impacted by this project.
Some final pictures to leave you with... Our dear friend Hermano Julian, the sweet man who does our daily morning devotions at the Hospital Buen Samaritano.
Examining a patient on rounds one morning. Basically, if they are up and walking and getting some fresh air and sunshine, I figure they are doing pretty well. But we're still going to lay hands on them for an exam! This is Manuela, who you were praying for since around Wednesday. Doesn't she look great?!
Carol with her first hysterectomy patient EVER, Sebastiana!
... And Stephanie with HERS, Manuela!
A view from the second floor of the Hospital, looking down in to the courtyard.
Maria bonding with Grace and Abi out in Canillá... it was hot, so we were swimming in the pond of course!
A group shot from a walk and property tour in Canillá: From left to right, Leslie and Rachel Ficker-- aren't they beautiful?!--, me-- on my cell phone in the middle of nowhere?!?--, Katie Ficker with Abi in front, Judy Koutlas, Stephanie with Grace in front, Carol Akers with Maria Koutlas in front. Oh-- and I just saw little Ana Ficker over on the far left. She is adorable!
Maria and Judy saying goodbye, before our flight back to the Guatemala City airport.
If anyone feels the "need" to donate to any of the projects or ministries we have worked with this week, to help cover the costs of surgeries that we did (we will probably "owe" about $2000.00 to cover the costs of gynecology surgeries that we did at the hospital for patients who could not afford to pay the full bill, and the hospital in Canillá is still a leap of faith with no funding yet!), here are some addresses to send to:
New Life Christian Center, note attached for "Hospital Charity Fund in Guatemala"
P.O. Box 782
Turlock, CA 95382
Marine, IL 62061
OR, read up/follow them online and/or contribute on line via Paypal at: