We have just returned from spending 8 days in Huehuetenango.
It has been a good trip as we were able to visit with a lot of families. We tried to help them out by giving out food, vitamins, Water filters, and wheelchairs where needed. We also shared with them that Christ loves them even when things look very bleak, as they do for so many of these families. Imagine if you could having absolutely nothing to feed your family and all of your neighbors are in the same predicament. Or imagine having 2 children that are in need of medicine so that they do not have continual seizures, and having to decide on which one get the medicine since there is not enough money to purchases it for both of them. Perhaps you would like to trade places with the parents of a 15 year old girl who for no apparent reason started having such muscle spasms that for the past 3 years she has been unable to get out of bed. Oh yes this young ladies parents were finally able to take her to a local doctor, only to be told that it was some sort of sickness that she got from a frog. The doctor's reasoning for this was because her twitching resembled that of a frog. We came upon this family strictly by God-incidence. This was on lyr way back home. We only had one wheelchair left and that was a specialty chair that I had gotten from Bethel Ministries. It had been intended for someone else but we could not locate that person. While we were stopped at a small store stalking up on nutritious junk food ( actually our intentions were good as we had intended to buy fruit and dairy products, but they had no Strawberry cheese cake ice-cream) we asked the young lady at the store if she know where we could find the person that we had intended to give this wheelchair to. She told us that she thought that see did and that the girl's father was working nearby. In a hart beet the excited father was in the car with us and we were on our way to their house which was several miles away. While talking to dad we began to realize that this was not the girl that we had been looking for so I told father that even though we had not been able to locate the other girl we would not be able to give the chair that was tied on the top of our car to his daughter because it was a highly specialized chair that would only fit and be useful to a very limited number of people.
When we got to the house we went into the room where this young lady was. She was very twisted and her patents assured us that there was no way that she could be go into a seated position. At first I was convinced that they were absolutely right but after getting her confidence and then working with her for about a half hour she began to relax and go into position. At first she wold spring back to her contorted position at the slightest noise but longer we worked together the more she relaxed and I began to realize that perhaps we would not have to leave her in a lying position and put her into a gurney like chair as I had first suspected. A bit later we tired ot get out of the house to get the specialty chair that was on top of my car. I say tried to get out of the house because by now there were about 30 people in the room observing what we were doing. I can not say enough good things about Fernando and Marcos who were with me. Fernando is a great interpreter and ever since deciding to study medicine has taken an even greater interest in doing anything he can to help anyone who is sick or hurting. Marcos is not as fluent in English but is studying to be a mechanic and these skills were needed as well. Have I ever mentioned that I am very proud of my boys?
It took a few hours butby the time that we left this young lady was sitting straight and tall. Not to mention the fact that she was relaxed and said that the chair felt great. I just love these Godincidences.
By the way don't worry we intend on going back to this area to see if we can get a real doctor to look at his girl and we will surch until we find and get a wheelchiar to the other young lady as well.
Yours in Christ; Dick
Wow I did it an actual journal entry. I do have some Face book posts as well so I am going to add them below. Come to think of it I think that I will paste the journal entry into Facebook. Hope that this does not make you face book haters to mad. To be perfectly honest there are a lot of things about Facebook that I do not like either.