Bumpy Rides & Beautiful Villages

We start the blog by thanking God for the safe arrival of the remainder of our dental mission trip team members. Today, Dr. Charlie Wyont and his wife Karen, Dr. Randy Shelley, and Dr. Clarissa arrived in Quimistan. It was a very long day for them, but they are thankful for arriving safely.

The initial part of team when up the mountains again today. The first village we visited was Tierra Amarilla, a very remote mountain village. The first hour of travel up the mountain was on a very bumpy, narrow, mountainous dirty road. We road in our mission trip van for that part of the trip up. However, for the final 10-minute ride to the village, the road was far too steep and rutted for a passenger van to traverse. Therefore, the team transferred to the back of a 4-wheel drive truck, which then used a very low gear to get us the rest of the way there. Most of us on the team have not ridden in the back of a truck in many year! It was a rough ride, but the scenery was beautiful!

At Tierra Amarilla, the team handed out homemade dresses to all the girls in the school. The girls looked GREAT in the dresses! THANK YOU TO THE LADIES AT ST. JOHN’S UMC in Aiken for making these wonderful dresses. The team also gave the children a soccer ball. Following that, we had a hygiene clinic for the children, held a mini-VBS Bible story & craft, and then Dr. Patty did a dental screening on all the children there.

After our second 10-minute ride in the back of the truck and a van ride down the mountain, we immediately climbed another mountain going to the small village of Los Panales. There we held the mini-VBS and another dental screening. Again, a soccer ball was given to the school.

Around 2:00pm the initial part of the mission team joined together with the remainder of our team for a late lunch and then we were off to the Quimistan hospital to set up the dental clinic – unpacking our dental supplies, setting up the dental equipment, etc.

Later in the afternoon, the team attended the feeding of the Tejeras children (one of the poorest areas in all of Honduras). The team helped serve the children. After the children were finished eating, the team handed out clothing & shoes that people in Aiken had donated for the children. This included several additional homemade dresses for the girls that ladies at St. Paul’s UMC in New Ellenton, SC had made for the girls – THANK YOU TO THE LADIES AT ST. PAUL’S UMC for making these wonderful dresses!

Once the team finished setting up the dental clinic, we all went to Gloria’s home for a wonderful home-cooked meal.   Thank you Gloria! (Gloria was the cook for Honduras Agape mission teams for many years.)

We are all very tired tonight, but we thank God for another GREAT DAY in Honduras! We are very blessed to be here!