Mission Guatemala Welcomes First Team Of 2013

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In early February, Mission Guatemala welcomed our first team of 2013, which was comprised of a group from Grace UMC from Franklin, Indiana, along with members of Newburgh UMC from Newburgh, Indiana. This was the first trip to Guatemala for everyone in both groups, and it was truly a joy to have them here with us and to get to serve alongside them. During their week with Mission Guatemala, the teams worked on projects both at our clinic site in San Andrés Semetabaj, as well as in the village of Nueva Esperanza.

DSCF0329At the beginning of the week, the teams worked to refurbish and paint various parts of our Clinic complex, and they also painted and installed tongue and groove paneling in the ceiling of two previously unfinished rooms on the clinic grounds. One room will house our staff kitchen, which will be a clean and secure place for our clinic staff to prepare and eat their meals each day. The other room will be used as a meeting room for staff gatherings or for meetings with community leaders. Both of these rooms will be a big aid in Mission Guatemala’s day-to-day functioning.

DSCF0261Also during the week, the members of the team from Newburgh UMC inventoried our clinic pharmacy, assembled over twenty new water filters for families and schools in need, and spent visiting several of the rural communities where we serve.

When the projects at the clinic were completed, the team from Grace UMC headed up to Nueva Esperanza. Loaded down with paint cans, brushes, power tools, and a soccer ball, they were welcomed with open arms by the clamoring children of the community. The children knew we were there to work, but they also had high hopes that at least some of the team could be convinced to take a break and play with them a little—and they were not disappointed.

DSCF0388Nueva Esperanza’s playground that some of Mission Guatemala’s team from last year built is a wonderful space for the children, but after enduring a Guatemalan rainy season followed by the intense sun of the dry season, the paint had faded, and boards needed to be replaced. So the team from Grace UMC spent their final two days of work with Mission Guatemala painting the playground, making repairs to the surrounding fence, and loving the children of Nueva Esperanza.

We are so thankful for the wonderful work that both of the groups did and we hope to see them in Guatemala again!

Working on the clinic meeting space
Working on the clinic meeting space
Working on the clinic meeting space
Working on the clinic meeting space
Working on the clinic meeting space
Working on the clinic meeting space
Working on the clinic meeting space
Playing with the children in Nueva Esperanza
Playing with the children in Nueva Esperanza
Working on the playground
Making Water Filters.
Making Water Filters.
Making Water Filters.
Making Water Filters.

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