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Medical update: Eyes, teeth, and mud

These wonderful praise reports remind us that God is always faithful! 

In the last update, you heard about a young lady named Emilienne who was blind due to a chronic genetic disorder called Marfan Syndrome. She had just received a third surgery due to unsuspected complications from her first operation, and the surgeon did not have hopes that her vision would return. He said the intraocular pressure had been high for too long, and her optic nerve damage was too great. We told him that she has prayer warriors and a mighty God on her side. He responded, “That is what she is going to need.”  

For her latest doctor’s visit, Emilienne saw us driving up and was smiling and waving. She walked into the doctor’s office on her own and is now caring for her children again. The surgeon said she is healing perfectly and better than he could have hoped. Her vision is now better than it ever has been since God led us to her, and she is still improving. Please join us in continuing to pray for this young lady and her sweet children. 

Last month we went to a new community about an hour from Santiago, coincidentally called Guatemala, up in the mountains. It is very lush and tropical—full of fruits and spring water. Because of their location and roads, the residents are unable to receive consistent health care or have regular work.

The night before our clinic, it rained heavily, making the mountain roads puddles of slippery mud. Our guagua (vehicle) was unable to make it all the way up the mountain to the church. Our lovely volunteers, dedicated translators, and determined staff lugged suitcases, each 50 or more pounds, up and down the hills, dodging fences, and slipping and sliding the whole way. It was an adventure! We were able to see over 200 people in those two days in the Guatemala community. 


We had our first dental group come to serve in Santiago. They were a small but incredible group, seeing over 50 patients, pulling lots of teeth, handing out toothbrushes, and educating people on proper hygiene. God blessed us with a dental room at a partner church’s community center, where extractions and cleanings were done. Dental care is a huge need in the communities we serve. 

Thank you for your continued support of Mission of Hope. The health of the people we serve is so important, especially as the world faces this global pandemic. In these uncertain times, your generosity enables us to give hope to the most vulnerable through quality care.