Mission completes successful project
Thank you from Church Family Missions for your support in the 2014 Yoro, Honduras, project.
What an amazing project. Amazing Team. Amazing God. At the end of the project the word that came to several was “harmony.” We had 42 people on our team and with the Beyond Partnership staff, with whom we coordinate our projects, we had more than 50 people to transport, coordinate, feed and in general, manage. And the word over us all was “harmony.” Jesus was indeed in the center of all of it.
The construction team was able to demolish several structures and then, including pouring a massive foundation for a three-story education building, complete two education rooms, plumbing and fixtures for a men’s and women’s rest rooms with showers and a kitchen area. No doubt this stage will be completed and the second story will be started with the supplies we were able to purchase and leave for the church.
The medical team saw more than 2,000 patients and the dental team, along with a volunteer dentist from Cuba, Odalys Acevedos, local dentist Lee Anne Genasci, Lenore Kerr, CST, RDA, and Andrea Froyum, RDH, of North Hollywood, Calif., with backup from her father, Steve Froyum of Tahoe and others doing instrument sterilization, saw an amazing amount of patients. But it was heartbreaking for them to see the general dental conditions in all of the villages. We have determined that education needs to be the primary focus other than the removal of the damaged, decaying and painful teeth.
The Triage team led by Dr. Bruce Daugherty was a strong force this year including Tim Rand, RN, from Minneapolis, Minn., Elizabeth Cordero RN, a nursing instructor from Western Nevada College (with five nursing students who graduated with their nurse’s degrees last week). We were also joined by Scott Douglas, EMT, a retired South Lake Tahoe Firefighter and his wife Debbie. Debbie passed out the vitamins and administered the anti-parasitic medication to each person, along with being a “puppeteer” for the children’s ministry.
The pharmacy, over seen by Kathy Ryan, RN, another Tahoe local, dispensed more than $30,000 of purchased and donated medicines with the help of the nursing students and Kim Stoker a Pharmacy Tech who works at Barton Memorial Hospital.
Maureen Froyum, also a Barton employee, who is the activity director in the Skilled Nursing Facility, directed patients from entry to assessment, onto the diagnosing process of Triage and along to the treatment areas or pharmacy. She showed kindness and warmth to each patient just as she does each day with her elderly charges at the SNF.
That is what CFM considers a priority with our projects. Showing kindness, respect and relationship with the people we serve in all the project countries of Central America.
If you are interested in any aspect of our nonprofit organization contact us at; Bill and Liz Gieg at 530-416-2140 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be returning to Honduras in the spring of 2015.
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