Monday, February 28, 2005


Noel with all the guys.

Monday, February 21, 2005


Jena and Vicki

Is there a NURSE in the house?

Martha and Chrisitian

Dr. Rita and PJ at work...

Sick baby with pneumonia

Stickers stick on anything....

Teri and friend

Balloon fun

Let me in the Carnaval!

Stephen and compadres...

EL JEFE (aka Dr. Keller)

Dr. Rita at work...

Leslie working...

5 boys accepted Jesus today!

Strategy meeting...

In Lorraine's exhaustion she can still smile... :-)

Tiffany at work.

Elizabeth and patient.

Dr. Mark

Stephen and helper.

Excelencia Familiar (Place where the clinic and children's activities are at)

Martha and Jeffrey

Last Day at LaCarpio

The clinic at La Carpia seems to always be a reminder of the parable of the fishes and loaves. Each day the supplies and medical personel fulfill the needs of the patients. God supplies what is truly needed and there are always an abundance of blessings. He places us at the right place at the right time. It was not an accident that our CV ICU nurse picked up a heart murmur in a small patient and who was referred to a local clinic for further evaluation. We were there to render aid to a patient with a fainting episode. A myriad of asthmatics received therapy. We treated numerous upper respiratory infections, skin ailments and gastroinestinal illnesses. It is wonderful treating patients with an a couple of internist, pediatrician and specialty nurses. PTL for His gifts to our team. -Dr. Rita

Today was very exciting! I had loads of fun! The 1st thing I did was right out the prescriptions of the medicines, like how many times a day you would need to take it and so forth. But of course, I had to write in Spanish. The kids were so much fun to be with, and I had so much fun playing with them. I think my favorite part of the trip in LaCarpio was the ballon making and the smiles on their faces. The food here is so good! The cool part was the smiles on the kids faces during the carnival and their smiles when we always came to see them. Most of the kids would come and meet us when we got off the bus and started walking down the streets. This trip has turned out different then I thought it would be and that is of course a very good thing! oh! yeah! this is a great experience for a 14 year old! -cassie hibbert

TODAY WAS A ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS---EXCITED ABOUT WORKING WITH THE FAMILIES----LOVING ALL THE HUGGS AND KISSES-----HUMBLED BY GOD'S MERCY AND GRACE-----AND A SENSE OF SADNESS WHEN THE DAY ENDED AND WE HAD TO LEAVE -----WHAT AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE------I THANK GOD FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE A PART OF THE LIVES OF THE FAMILIES OF LACARPIO---LORRAINE

Today was our last day in LaCarpio...we leave with heavy hearts for we are leaving many friend! However, we leave with great encouragement that many seeds for the kingdom of God have been planted. And there will be a harvest. Pray for us tomorrow as we work at the orphanage. We will be painting the activities building. Thank you for taking time to read our thoughts! And we are grateful for your prayers. The last three days have been an incredible demonstration of God's faithfulness, provision, and grace. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve God, Champion Forest, and the people of LaCarpio in this way! I am most blessed. - Morris

Sunday, February 20, 2005


Lorraine with patient

PJ and Rita

Leslie and baby!

Let me in!

Kids watching "Keep your teeth healthy" video

Jena and Marta

Noel's new outfit!

Marcia and kids

Vicki and friend!

Stephen at work!

Dr. Mark at work

Tiffany and friend

Kids Activities

Blood Pressure time

Antonio, Jorge and Chaco

Pharmacy with sick bear

Friends!

Bible Story Time

Kids waiting for Video



Clinic

Day 2 - Domingo Update

Ministering to the people in La Carpio is something you really can't put into words. The people and children there are so hungry for love, and it is such a blessing to be able to share God's love and word with them.

Mission trips are not only about the people you minister to, but how the Father uses those other folks on the trip to minister to you. I encountered one of those experiences yesterday evening as I sat on the couch and talked to Marcia, another lady on our trip. Marcia encouraged me with her Heart for God, and her kindness towards me. She shared how she prayed for her husband Ron to come to know Christ for over 30 years. Persistent in prayer. And God answered that prayer. Marcia's husband Ron, accepted Christ right before his second triple bypass surgery. God's timing, not ours, I remember her saying. As believers, they both are now part of the Gideons whose purpose is to get God's word out to the world. Thank you God for Marcia, and those other Christians you put in our path to encourage us. - Jena

No matter how many times I come here I am still overwhelmed by the tremendous need of these people, and amazed at their resilience and strength to overcome such hardships in their lives. We saw many patients today, experienced the joy of helping many people, and cried tears again when we were unable to provide what they needed. After lunch we were greeted by a line of mothers and their children waiting to see the doctor. The line went down the stairs and around the side of the building. We have one more day to minister to their physical needs. Please pray that everything we do and say will show them the love of Jesus. Please pray that God will continue to work in la carpio. - Laura

I have enjoyed this trip probably the most. As the children in La Carpio begin to remember you and call you by name is a special thing. I had received a gift and a note written to me from one of the young girls today. It is really so special to me because they just really have nothing of material value and for them to go to the trouble to write a note and make it special for me was beyond my words. I thank God for the opportunity to serve Him in this way. - Teri

Well, the second day on the field is almost over...lots of tired people. We are working diligently to put pictures on the website before we go to bed tonight. So check it out! Thanks for your prayers! Please don't stop! The longer we are here, the more tired we will be...and you know what happens when tired people get together. We all thank you for affording us this opportunity. -Morris

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Thoughts from Our Mission

TODAY WAS AWESOME ----WE SAW SO MANY PRECIOUS FACES WITH BIG BROWN EYES AND WARM SMILES---MY HEART WANTED TO TAKE EVERY CHILD HOME WITH ME-----I THANK GOD FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO CARE FOR AND LOVE THESE PRECIOUS JEWELS----------------LORRAINE

IT'S BEEN A BUSY, FUN DAY...AND I'M TIRED! LACARPIO IS A PLACE LIKE NO OTHER...THE POVERTY IS LIKE NOTHING I HAVE EVER SEEN. HOWEVER, THE CHILDREN ARE HAPPY AND BEAUTIFUL...AND THEY HAVE PUT UP WITH MY VERY POOR SPANISH WITH SMILES, HUGS AND KISSES. AM LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROW...TIFFANY

We had a great day in the clinic today. Having three doctors enabled us to see lots of patients. I want to ask you to pray for one of the patients that we saw today. His name is Rigoberto, his is 41 years old. He came today because he was having trouble breathing. He told us that he had surgery for colon cancer eight months ago. Dr. Keller examined him and found that his cancer has spread to his lungs, and probably to other parts of his body. I had the sad job of translating for the doctor and telling him that there was nothing that can be done at this point. I was holding back tears as I watched him leave the clinic and go home. Please pray for Noel and Antonio as they maintain contact with Rigoberto and share the Gospel with him. Please pray for his salvation as he probably doesn't have much more time here on this earth. Thank you! - Laura

Today I was able to see my good friends, Luis Carlos, Leonel, Roberto, Nelson, Hamilton, and so may other kids I met during my first trip to LaCarpio 4 years ago. They all have grown so much and are becoming young men. It's touches my heart to see how they now help Noel & Roxanna around the church/clinic, and help the younger kids. I was able to play baseball and soccer in the street outside the church with all the kids and made a few new friends, although sad to hear my little friend Chico (6 year old) went back to Nicauragua because his grandmother died. It was also fun to see Jena playing 'train' with a group of little girls who kept tugging on her arms and trying to get her attention. The best part of the day was when we were able to share the gospel with Luis Carlos and Leonel. Steve and I were wearing crosses made of nails around are necks, and they were asking about them. We shared about how much God loved us, and that was the reason we were visiting them, and that we loved them. Pray for us tomorrow as we share more with them and present them their own cross necklaces. Michael

Today I saw some of the most beautiful children that I have ever seen in some of the worst conditions that I have ever seen. These children are beautiful both inside and out. They have nothing, but they're all about sharing. They don't have much supervision, but the older children diligently supervise their younger family members. One little girl broke my heart. She'd fainted and vomited, but the doctors couldn't find what was wrong with her. The look in her eyes was utterly empty. But where medicine is weak, God has the opportunity to show His strength. Please pray with us that God will touch her with His healing hands and replace the empty look in her eyes with the light of Jesus. Leslie

We're Arrived

We have arrived! We had a safe flight. Thank you for praying for our safety. Getting everyone through immigrations was quite an ordeal....it took about 1 1/2 hours. BUT customs was a breeze. We had asked many of you to pray that we would walk through customs without any difficulty! (Detail searches, in other words). And we did...many of us didn't even have to put our luggage on the scanner!

We have had a great day! I was in La Carpio exactly two seconds before i remembered why my heart is so full when I am here. But, we will post a report about today later tonight...and hopefully have pictures attached (that is if my tech skills kick in).

Right now everyone is cleaning up for dinner.

Check back later!

Please continue to pray!

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Before We Leave...

Our departure is just around the corner. Most of the boxes are packed and there is much excitement.

Our trip this time will be primarily in three areas. In La Carpio, we will be doing medical clinics for sick people there. Please pray for our doctors and nurses to have wisdom and skill. Also, pray that we ill have the medical supplies and medicines that we will need.

While the medical clinics are going on, we will also be doing Bible clubs with the children. We will be focusing on the concept that "God Made Me." We will be teaching health education to the children in relation to the Bible club. Please pray for the leaders in this area to be able to communicate the love of Jesus effectively to every child.

On Tuesday, we will be painting the activities building at the orphanage.

As you can see, we will have a busy few days!

Pray that we all will be healthy physically and spiritually. Pray that Satan will not be able to touch anyone on the team. I believe God has great work He wishes to accomplish during this trip...if this is true Satan has great work to do to try and stop it.

The team is made up of: Dr. Mark Barhorst, Martha Eusse, Cassie Hibbert, Lorraine Hibbert, Dr. Glen Keller, Dr. Rita Lakes, Teri Longnecker, Elizabeth Mathew, Rhonda Newbauer, Stephen Ramsey, Leslie Reyes, Tiffany Sedate, Laura Shook, Vicki Stevenson, Jena Takemura, Michael Takemura, P. J. Vasquez, Marcia Waldbillig, Ron Waldbillig, and Morris Horner.

We hope to be able to keep you current with our trip...visit the site again soon.

P.S. Please forgive any typos or errors....Gloria isn't here to proof for me!

Off to Costa Rica

Welcome to the Costa Rica blog! We will be posting pictures and stories of our trip as we minister here in Central America.

Please check back often as we share what God is doing here!