Monday, August 15, 2005

Dr. Mark after day 1 in the Clinic Posted by Picasa

Yum, this is pretty good ! Posted by Picasa

Ram, Jena and Darleen makin PB&J, and more PB&J Posted by Picasa

Rita, Kathy and patient in Clinic Posted by Picasa

Gun shot wound x-ray in clinic Posted by Picasa

Laura, Dr. Kellar & patient Posted by Picasa

LaCarpio Team 2005 Posted by Picasa

Amy @ the Pharmacy Posted by Picasa

Monday 15 August 2005

Hola everyone !

End of our 3rd day in LaCarpio - and it's been a wonderful three days. Steve Ramsey, Jena Takemura, Morris Horner made 200+ PB&J sandwiches while Steve Edwards and our friends in LaCarpio (Luis Carlos, Leonel, Nelson, Jose, Randall, etc). organized 200+ children in the church for lunch. We were unsure if the children would like PB&J, but they absolutely loved the food - and it was truly a blessing to see how much they enjoyed it. What really touched my heart was to see our friends (Luis Carlos, Leonel, etc) serving others and teaching their friends to serve. Today they even spent time picking up trash around the church. Of course we also had time to play - daily games of soccer, basketball, and Steve even introduced them to dodge ball. 4 ruptured dodge balls later and thankfully no injuries :). One of my most fond moments was Vanessa, a sweet little girl (about 5 years old) that has a smile that lights up all of LaCarpio. As I was leaving, she ran up to me, and gave me a kiss on the cheek. Another blessing from God that you could never put a price on.

As always, it's fun being on mission with God, with others. Each person with special gifts from God - and serving along side our dear friend Noel. I am truly amazed and touched each time I come to LaCarpio, and see Noel's love for the people here. Three amazing days passing so quickly, but full of moments and memories that God so thankfully shared with us. - Michael Takemura

The past three days have been incredible! We have seen over 300 people in the clinic, and we've seen lots of exciting things this time! We treated one young man with a knife wound, and a 15 year old gang member with a gunshot wound he received last night. I think we have earned the trust of these young men so that they feel comfortable coming into the clinic now. Of course, like always, we have treated many sick little children. It has been neat to see familiar faces of mothers and children that we have treated the last few times we were here with the clinic. It is rewarding to hear them say how thankful they are that we are there and that they are grateful to God for sending us to la carpio.

Yesterday we treated a lady who is 114 years old! She was fascinating to talk to. She just sat down and began telling me the whole history of the area and all the changes she had seen in her lifetime. Her daughter invited Dr. Keller, Kathy, and me to visit their house. We went there today. She was so proud to show us her house, the beans and lemon grass planted behind her house, and to share with us a dessert she had prepared for us. It was very humbling to sit inside their house - dirt floor, tin roof and walls - and come face to face with the reality that this is how they live every day. We treated seven family members from this family in the clinic. They were very grateful that we were there and are waiting for us to come visit next time.

Thank you Champion Forest for being a church with a heart for reaching the world, and thank you for giving us the opportunity to minister on your behalf in la carpio!! If you've never gone on a mission trip, you need to go! - Laura Shook

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Hello all!

We are in Costa Rica safe and sound. For those of you I gave the "special" prayer request...we made it through customs! PTL!!!!!

We have completed 2 days of medicals clinics having seen over 200 people. We fed 150 people on Saturday and 235 today.

Sorry, we haven't posted more, but the hotel has had computer systems problems....HOPE TO BE ABLE TO POST MORE SOON!


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Thurday, August 11, 2005

Thank you!

Wednesday during the prayer time at our worship service, our mssion team was surrounded by praying was an incredible experience to feel the hands as they were placed on us...but nothing can compare to the concert of prayer that filled each of our ears!

After the service, we packed the trunks. There are eleven trunks of supplies for the trip. Pray that we get through custom without a search. The customs people can confiscate anything, basically. We are carrying things that will be a blessing to our medical clinic, if we can get into the country with them.

We depart from IAH at 5:50 PM on Friday, please pray for a safe and timely flight...Houston weather can sure throw kinks in travel plans.

Please pray for the team to have a good night's sleep tonight. It is easy to get excited and not be able to sleep...been there, done that.

We look forward to hearing from you folks while we are gone.


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Streets of La Carpio Posted by Picasa

Community Center at La Carpio Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

WOW! Just a couple of days until we are off to Costa Rica.

Our team this time is made up of: Clayton Barhorst, Dr. Mark Barhorst, Steve Edwards, Dr. Rita Lakes, Dr. Glen Keller, Kathy Keller, Dee Knippers, Amy Morales, Stephen "Ram" Ramsey, Laura Shook, Sarmen Staten, Jena Takemura, Michael Takemura, and Morris Horner.

Starting bright and early Saturday morning, we will be setting up our medical clinic. Pray for our medical staff. Pray for discernment, clarity of thought, and the ability to communicate through translators, etc. Pray that the Great Physican will work through our medical team.

After the medical clinic is up and running, we non-medical people are going to try to feed the flocks. God in His faithfulness has supplied us the resources to attempt to feed the hungry folks of LaCarpio. Pray needs for the feeding: God will multiply the food and help us to realize that when we have done all that we can do, we have done all we can.

Please respond to our is encouraging to hear back from you as we are away from home.