After a good night’s sleep, we were up this morning early, and breakfast was ready at 6:30AM. Afterwards, we were able to gather with the staff here in Honduras. A devotion was shared by Erin, where she encouraged us to let go of our anxieties, providing an opportunity to turn those things that we are worried about over to God in prayer. We concluded our time together by participating in Communion.
We spent the remainder of our morning with Patti as she lead a training on a new electronic medical records system (EMR) that we will use in the Mountain Medical clinics tomorrow. She also informed us of changes to the way our team will be serving the families in the communities. Much time was spent discussing many of the policies and procedures in place to protect our team and communities from contacting COVID19.
After a buffet-style lunch, more EMR training took place in smaller groups. As Patti worked with each of the smaller groups, other volunteers and staff worked on counting, packaging, and labeling medicines for the team to dispense over the next three days.
After dinner, Joseph T. led our team in a devotion based on I Corinthians 12, and he used the following reading:
OPEN YOUR EYES TO THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU AND SERVE THEM WELL TODAY.
If you want happiness for an hour—take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day—go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month—get married.
If you want happiness for a year—inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime—help others.
You can actually help yourself by helping others. Remember that, and it will help you to take—and keep—your eyes off the mirror.
F3Qsource Leadership, posted 13 Jan 2019
The remainder of our time around the table was enjoyed by the sharing of stories from previous mission trips, both here and in the U.S.
One huge highlight of the day moved Erin enough to give her cross away. A young family brought their 3 ½ year old daughter to visit with the FOB staff and team. FOB had supplied their daughter with Digoxin, a cardiac medication that is almost impossible to obtain in Honduras. The physician caring for this child knew that FOB could supply it to the family. They had come to share their thanks and gratitude.
These parents are deeply caring and attentive with their daughter who has significant neurological challenges. You could see the fruits of the time and love they provided her. She could smile, giggle and interact with those around her. Erin gave the mother her cross.
This is why we do what we do. We strive to provide hope. We work to help communities and children become the best they can be. Tomorrow is our first day of clinics. We are excited and anxious but determined to continue to improve clinic processes and provide the best care we can. We covet your prayers.
~Reverend Larry House
Outreach Coordinator, FOB