Seeing Miracles in Guatemala

Miracles happen every day, change your perception of what a miracle is, and you'll see them all around you.  Jon Bon Jovi    

The miracle standing in front of nurse Joanne Langone was hard to see. It had been a long day of treating patients in El Rodeo, Guatemala in the southwest region of the country. Traveling with her church on a medical mission trip, Joanne was amazed by the number of people who visited the clinic over seven days - nearly 1800.

But it was the single mother who walked in with her two children who caught Joanne’s eye. Her three-year-old son, Enrico, was weak from days of frequent vomiting. Dehydrated and tired, Enrico had to be carried by his mother.

He had a parasitic disease. Her young daughter likely had one too.

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New Sneakers for America

New sneakers will be on the Christmas list of many children in the United States this holiday. With so many types to choose from - running, soccer, basketball, volleyball, football - it seems every sport has their own unique shoe.

For children in many resource-poor communities, however, feet deformities prevent them from ever wearing sneakers, let alone what is trendy. Could you imagine if this was one of your children or grandchildren? Consider the story of this bright, energetic, six-year-old girl living in Pereira, Colombia. 

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A Miracle Through the Eyes of a Teenager in Peru

Jose walked into the waiting room of a local hospital in Lima, Peru with a swagger that matched his trendy clothes. Like most teenage boys, his slicked-back hair tried to convey an older, cool vibe while in reality, he was still a boy. Behind his confident, happy-go-lucky demeanor, was a health issue that had plagued him since birth.

He had heard medical mission teams visited the hospital offering surgery for people like Jose.  Gaining the courage to do something, he arrived at the hospital praying there would be a medical missionary doctor who could help him.

Jose was hoping for a miracle.

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Stories of Hope:  Meet Carlos

Carlos is a 43-year-old bus driver with a big heart and steadfast faith. He prides himself on helping others and routinely drives people from his small village in rural El Salvador to a local clinic three hours away in Texacuangos. The drive on uneven roads and broken pavement is long but fulfilling.

Nurses Jenny O'Neill and Betty Moriarity in recovery room with Carlos following a successful surgery.

For many weeks, Carlos suffered through the discomfort of driving with a hernia. His pain grew progressively worse. With his livelihood at stake, Carlos wondered how much more he could endure.  As the breadwinner for his family, he feared the devastating result this would have for those who depended on him.

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Hands Helping Hands: Life-Changing Surgeries in Honduras

Every parent remembers the first time they laid eyes on their newborn child. We stare in amazement at the baby’s face; we brush our cheek against theirs. And then perhaps, we place their tiny palm or foot in our own hand to feel their touch and count fingers and toes.

As joyful as this moment can be, some mothers and fathers experience a different range of emotions at this time. This can be a time when we first discover a genetic anomaly carried into the world by our newborn child.

This was the experience of a mother who recently met up with a MAP International-supported medical mission team in Honduras.

When the physicians and healthcare providers with the Touching Hands Project arrived at the Ruth Paz Burn and Pediatric Hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, they were introduced to children with a variety of impairments to their hands - some critical, all requiring attention.

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'This is going to be a long road'

Like the rest of the world, MAP International is shocked and saddened by the images emerging from Puerto Rico, Dominica and other parts of the Carribean showing islands decimated by Hurricane Maria.  With damage not witnessed in nearly 100 years, all of Puerto Rico is without power and is not expected to see it restored for three to six months.

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