End-of-the-year happenings

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Is 2013 almost over already?

It’s been quite a year of adaption and change for us as we have been adjusting to being new parents as we continue to serve at AFE in the trash dump community.

Most recently, we have had the privilege of witnessing yet another year of graduations at AFE. Douglas and Maoly, two of AFE’s favorite students, celebrated the end of their high school journey. Next stop: college!

Douglas_MaolyAdam and I couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of the celebration since we have seen Douglas and Maoly grow into two amazing young adults over the past few years. They were incredibly polished and well-spoken as they handled the events and attention of the evening. It is hard to believe that only years ago, they were swept up in the world of the trash dump with little hope for the future. I cannot express how incredible these two young people are. Douglas is one of the most kindest and gentle yet strong and courageous persons I know. Maoly, in turn, is the light-hearted and joyful counterpart of the dynamic duo. She never fails to make you laugh!

It’s moments like these that we are reminded why we are here in Honduras.

Since the “new opening” of the clinic, we have continued to see and increase in the number of patients that we are seeing. Three months ago, we hired a new Honduran nurse, Jessica, to work at the clinic. It has been a great transition! Jessica is professional, skilled, and a great asset to the team. Along with Dr. Marvin, and our fantastic volunteer, Paola, the clinic is slowly but surely evolving into a cohesive team to treat the trash dump workers and surrounding community. Due to the new hire, I am able to better-handle running the clinic, planning for the future, and spend more time out of the clinic and in the community visiting patients and AFE families in need. We recently had the clinic team over to the house to enjoy a Christmas lunch; here are pictures below with the their favorite little blue-eyed gal.

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Nurse Jessica

Marvin

Dr. Marvin

Paola

Paola the volunteer

 

DSC03371Among the happenings of the last month, I can’t forget to include kindergarten’s graduation or AFE’s annual Christmas party. We had four precious kids “graduate” and will move onto to first grade. Four less children who will not succumb to the trash dump — praise God! AFE’s Christmas party is always an important event for AFE students. It’s a Honduran tradition to receive a new outfit to wear on Christmas morning but for most of AFE students, this would not be a possibility if it weren’t for the party. We happily watched as the kids excitedly opened their gifts and pulled out their new outfits and shoes!

We are at “home” visiting our family and friends for a few weeks and welcome the time to rest and relax as a family.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wilson

Clinic Photos

After two weeks of clinic in the new building…it feels AMAZING!

There is so much space and storage and room for patients, it makes what we do that much more enjoyable.

It’s a work in progress, but here are some initial photos taken (and some reminiscing)…

First boxes of supplies for the clinic from 2010!

First boxes of supplies for the clinic from 2010!

Old clinic space.

Old clinic space.

New clinic: waiting area.

New clinic: waiting area.

 

New clinic: pre-clinic/intake

New clinic: pre-clinic/intake

New clinic: exam area.

New clinic: exam area.

New clinic: pharmacy.

New clinic: pharmacy.

New clinic: procedure room.

New clinic: procedure room.

New clinic: connecting hallway with storage.

New clinic: connecting hallway with storage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clinic Opening

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love O LORD, endures forever –

do not abandon the works of your hands.”

Psalm 138:8

When Adam and I first visited AFE in Honduras in 2008, I immediately saw the immense need for quality healthcare within the trash dump community. Soon after, I felt the Lord calmly directing me toward facilitating the opening of a local clinic to meet the healthcare needs of this specific population.

Of course, I had my doubts along the way; a 24-year-old, non-Spanish speaker without a medical degree? Nonetheless, I wasn’t feeling overwhelmed quite yet about the fact that I wasn’t nearly qualified to be taking on such a project. It seemed a much more realistic goal when nicely packaged as something to strive for “when I move to Honduras.”

Then we moved to Honduras.

There have been many days in which I have doubted God’s “still small voice” whispering within me to continue ahead; to take one day at a time; to focus on people and not the goal; to concentrate on the now and not be forever impatient, looking ahead.

Simply put: to trust.

I am humbled and elated to share that tomorrow is our first “official” day moving into the new clinic building at AFE.

The journey started three years ago by simply visiting peoples’ homes and beginning to understand the culture and peoples’ strengths and needs. Then I began seeing patients in an old storage closet that I made into a “clinic.” I still remember sweeping out mice droppings and dead scorpions when cleaning out the area! I remember thinking, “will there ever actually be a real clinic?”

About a year later, we hired a part-time doctor. Construction began on a new building at AFE to include space to host a clinic. Shortly after though, there were several setbacks in actually completing the clinic building for various reasons. However, thanks to many prayers and amazing donors, we are moving into a brand-new clinic with an actual waiting room, exam room (with exam tables!), a pharmacy, two procedure rooms, and an actual bathroom where we can wash our hands.

God is faithful.

I will take pictures tomorrow to show the beautiful new area that the Lord has blessed us with!

Clinic Update

Hallway connecting pharmacy and exam rooms.

Hallway connecting pharmacy and exam rooms.

Clinic construction has resumed once again due to a generous donor who covered the last expenses for the completion of the building. Please be in prayer for the work to be completed SOON so that we can make the big move. The walls are almost completely up, and everything should be done within the next couple of weeks; more updates to come. What fantastic news!

Waiting room

Waiting room

Remembering where you come from…

Compliments of Elizabeth Miller

Courtesy of Elizabeth Miller

Our past plays an important role in shaping who we become.

This past week at AFE, we have reflected and remembered how the project began over 10 years ago.

God has done incredible things over the years while shaping AFE as well as those who are a part of the project; one of these miracles is the gift of multiple buildings to have classes. However, instead of having classes like normal inside the buildings this week, classes were held outside, under the trees in the field just outside the school. Students sat on large rocks or tires with their pencils and notebooks balanced on their laps. Teachers donned ball caps and spent all day out in the sun to continue educating but also to help students remember.

It was quite a spectacle to see every grade huddled up together, receiving their science, math, Spanish, and history lessons out of the “comfort” of the classroom. Everyone remembered what it was like to have classes years ago before there were desks and chairs.

It is so incredible to see how far AFE has come since those first classes given in the trash dump!

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Courtesy of JJ Starr

 

Follow-up from last post: Preston loves mangos from our tree!

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Summer is here!

 

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After living in Honduras for over two years, we are (more than ever) acutely aware of the “little” things that we miss from the U.S.: Chic-fil-A, air conditioning, smooth roads. Nonetheless, I have moments in which I realize that there are so many things that I would miss from Honduras: baleadas, Honduran ketchup, beautiful mountain views.

Mango tree

Mango tree

I had one of those moments this morning when I went outside and saw our mango tree, heavy-laden with fruit. When these mangos ripen, they will be so sweet and delicious. Before arriving to Honduras, I think that I had tried a ripe mango once. Now, they are a summer favorite of mine! Everywhere you go, there are people selling red-orange mangos in wheelbarrows and in the backs of trucks. To have a tree full of them in our back yard is sure to promise weeks of juicy goodness.

Lime tree

Lime tree

At AFE, we are gearing up to welcome a summer full of visiting mission teams. This is a time in which the children and their families are the benefactors of lots of loving bestowed on them by many people. There will be family houses built, painting and construction done on the school property, and many activities planned for the kids. Adam will be organizing all of these teams until August when we end the summer.

We were recently blessed the first week of May with a medical brigade from Christian Church Buckhead and Chamberlain College of Nursing from Atlanta, Georgia. We were able to treat hundreds of patients over the course of just a few days. Dr. Marvin and I are thankful to have had the opportunity to meet new patients and introduce them to the AFE clinic for more long-term care.

CCB team

Thank you for all your prayers! Please continue to pray for us as we begin this busy summer while balance being parents and pray for the completion of the clinic building.

Preston is 5 months!

Preston is 5 months!