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Tenn. Mission Team Offers Medical Service
in Rural Community Near Casa Hogar La Familia
July 2014: Palmarito and Quecholac, Puebla, Mexico —A mission team from Signal Crest United Methodist Church in Signal Mountain, Tenn. traveled to Southern Mexico to serve the needs of the children of Casa Hogar La Familia.
The services this team provided ranged from painting the walls and ceiling on the second floor construction project to giving each of the children a pair of Crocs to going out into the community to deliver medical services. (See Crocs photo)
Team leader, John Williams, reported that his team got a lot of work done on the second floor to prepare for laying the ceramic tile this week. As soon as the windows and the plumbing fixtures are installed, Williams believes the second floor will be ready for occupancy. (See photo below)
Among the missioners from Signal Crest UMC were two Registered Nurses and a Physician’s Assistant, so this team (pictured below) walked out into the countryside near Palmarito and delivered free medical services and medical products to the local farmers and their families. The children of La Familia went from house to house and spread the word that the medical personnel were setting up shop at a designated area.
Folks “came out of the woodwork”to receive blood pressure checks, first aid kits, Band-Aids, Neosporin, clothing, eye glasses, etc. Williams estimates that the mission team served in the neighborhood of 75 local residents in one afternoon. Several of the people were referred to a local medical clinic because of blood pressure readings that were quite high.
See the medically-attired medical team below. Included are “Nurse”Silvia, “Nurse Damaly, and “Nurse”Karla who performed translation services for the team.
Of note, especially for those who have not traveled to Palmarito and Quecholac, two communities near La Familia that are located approximately three hours south of Mexico City, this one of the poorest sections of Mexico, so this was one of the few opportunities these people have to receive even minimal medical attention.
The Signal Crest team also donated enough money for Silvia to buy back-to-school uniforms for the children and Fishersville UMC, Fishersville, Virginia donated funds to purchase back-to-school shoes and underwear for the children.
The children return to school on Monday, August 18.
15-Passenger Van Fund: When making decisions about your giving over the next few weeks, please consider donating to the La Familia VAN FUND. Our current van is on its last leg, so we need to replace it.
Please send yourcheck to Embrace the Dream Foundation, PO Box 5558, Greenville, SC 29606. All donors will receive a “tax letter” so you can deduct your donation off your income taxes. Please write “van fund” on your check.
Currently, we have approximately $14,000 in the van fund, but we need approximately $35,000 to purchase a used 15-passenger van that will be dependable for mission teams to get around in when they visit La Familia
The friends of La Familia from Fishersville United Methodist Church in Fishersville, VA have for several years held fundraisers to enable the directors to take the children into Puebla to purchase new shoes and underwear for the new school year. The friends of La Familia from Signal Crest United Methodist Church in Signal Mountain, TN donated the funds for the children to purchase new school uniforms.
See photographs below of the children in a Puebla shoe store.
Below are several photographs taken by the Fort Worth, TX mission team that give us a good idea of the progress that has been made on the second floor construction project.
The Fort Worth team sealed the concrete walls and ceiling, so this week, the ceramic tile is being applied by the general contractor and his team of workers.
Attendance at Sunday worship services is exploding, so as soon as the second floor is completed, the Sunday worship service will be moved to the open area on the second floor where we believe we will be able to accommodate significantly more worshipers. In June, attendance reached a record level of over 260.
Damaly is still in culinary school in Puebla and Alexi has recently moved to Colima where he is attending the University there.
We thank everyone for your prayers and your financial support of Embrace the Dream Foundation and La Familia. Our next capital project is to replace the 15-Passenger Van that is on its last leg. We believe we can find a satisfactory used 15-passenger van for around $25,000 to $30,000.
A Van Fund has been established by Lighthouse Fellowship in Fort Worth and Embrace the Dream Foundation in Greenville, SC. Your financial support is requested. I will keep everyone informed as to our progress in raising these funds.
During the Fort Worth mission team’s visit to La Familia, several of the children — several of whom are now adults and living away from La Familia — who grew up together at La Familia held a reunion to celebrate what La Familia has meant to them and to catch up on what’s going on in each of their lives. Isabel and her family along with Karla (who now lives in Lawrenceville, GA) and Raquel date back to the late 1990s when they first came to La Familia.
Below are two photographs of children many of you will remember.
A mission team from Fort Worth, TX returned from La Familia on July 3 and reported that Omar, Cintya and their baby boy have returned to La Familia following a stroke Omar suffered recently.
Several months ago, Omar and Cintya (volunteers at La Familia) were married and when a friend of Omar’s offered the newly weds his home to live in while he was working in the US, they took him up on his offer. Omar quickly found a job working with a large agricultural business.
I don’t have a lot of details, but the Fort Worth team told me that Omar has some facial distortion from the effects of the stroke and has some speech issues. I have asked several of the physicians who have joined me on mission trips to La Familia to make recommendations as to what type of medical attention Embrace the Dream Foundation and other interested parties might assist Omar in receiving.
I also learned that one of the boys that recently became a part of La Familia has quite a few large growths on his body and has never been seen by a physician. I have also asked for advice on how to get this new La Familia resident the medical attention he needs.
Signal Crest UMC from Signal Mountain, TN is going down with a team next week and they are going to do their best to see that both the young boy and Omar are able to see a competent physician.
One of our doctors from the Sumter Team in Sumter, SC has been updated on the situation and has given me instructions on questions to get answered.