Claudia Berry, a strategic planner from Healing Place Church, first came to us in May of 2008. She was instrumental in getting the mission and vision of Healing Hands Global out of our hearts and onto paper. She returned to us this year and took us a step further. We were able to create an organizational chart, a plan for 2010, and most importantly we realized another part of God’s vision for the role of the church in the Honduran healthcare system. We thoroughly enjoyed her time with us, we just wished there could have been a little more of it! We want to give a big thank you to Pastor Dino for allowing her to come spend some time with us, and to Mrs. Claudia herself for being such a pleasure to work with!
Brandon and Evie West came to serve with us last June with Lee University. Honduras has found a special place in their hearts and they are seeking the Lord about a future calling into missions. It was great to have them as a part of our team for a week and we pray that God will be clear about His plan for their lives.
We also welcomed Kevin and Jerri Lalonde, along with their two boys Daniel and Joshua. Kevin is a Physical Therapist and Jerri is a Labor & Delivery Nurse, and they will be moving to Honduras in November of 2010 to serve with us for an extended period of time. It was a joy to have them around, and watch them be stretched into their roles as medical providers, parents on the mission field and all around servants. It was sad to see them go, but we know they will be back and we are eagerly awaiting the day of their return!
We had the pleasure of hosting a dental brigade on January 28th, with Luke World Missions at our hospital in Rio Viejo. Fifteen dental students were able to serve the people of our area by providing extractions and manual cleanings. This was the second year in a row that we were able to Partner with Dr. Yoon and Luke World Missions and we hope this will be a lasting relationship!
Rev. Ron White with Vision for Christ also paid us a visit at the end of January. He came to stay with us and provided screenings and glasses to over 300 nurses and other staff members at Hospital Atlantida in La Ceiba. He also spent one day with us in Rio Viejo screening the people of our area and giving them the gift of vision. He has such a heart to restore the sight of those who cannot see to read the Word of God. It was an incredible pleasure to host an optical brigade at our facility!