My friends, we just had a successful medical mission this past August. We spent four days assisting hundreds of people that came from the surrounding villages to Rio Blanco, Intibuca. Intibuca is one of the most beautiful departmentos (states) with a population of 240,000 and located in the most mountainous area in Honduras. The Lenca community where the team worked has a community of about 500 people.
This amazing medical mission team of 12 people was led by Dr. Patrick Reeves. The team came from various parts of the U.S.A. which included the states of Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida and Texas. Including the Honduran medical counterparts, our team had 16 medical volunteers which included: doctors, nurses, dentists and a pharmacist. Other non-medical team members focused on translation services, ministry with the children and helping out anyone in need.
The Lenca Indians walked for one, two and three hours through the mountains to be medically treated. Patients were treated for a wide variety of conditions, including: diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma/COPD, headaches, acute injuries, infections, dental issues, and vision difficulties. In total the team helped 879 people.
We are so thankful to everyone that came to serve the Lord in this brigade. It served as a testimony to to the people to see the Lord’s presence through their service. This month, we also welcomed Dr. Patrick Reeves as our new Medical Missions Director of Iglesias Comunidad de Amor, Internacional (ICAI).
We would like to thank Nikki Jackson from the bottom of our heart for the past 8 years helping us as the Medical Missions Director. She will continue to be involved in medical missions in Africa.
Dr. Hector Newman