The team from Bowdon, Georgia traveled to Meambar, Comayagua, a few hours south of the HBDM compound in El Plan. Team leader Wes Mcentyre was not able to make the trip due to health issues so the team was led by his wife, Tammie, as well as team member Jamie Beam. HBDM had not visited Meambar in 5 years and on their last visit Meambar did not even have an Evangelical church. The team arrived was pleased to find that there was more than one Evangelical church in the area. They had the chance to continue sharing the good news and to provide much needed physical aid for the people of Meambar during their visit.
The team had a very busy week in Meambar, as the crowds that showed up to be seen were much larger than the team expected. At one point there was over 1,000 people waiting outside the gate and the mayor of the town showed up and bought bananas and water for all of the people waiting outside in the heat. Team members worked hard every day in less than ideal conditions - with the heat index over 100 degrees, working in stuffy classrooms, having no running water, and almost no break time between patients. They were kind and compassionate the entire time and we know that this can only be contributed to the Lord in them. He is the one who bears the good fruit in us and it is for his glory and for the salvation of his people.
One of the special ways the team was able to love on the people of Meambar was through their "giveaway station". The team had shipped down clothes, shoes, toys, strollers, canes, and water filtration systems, and they had purchased 2000 pounds of rice and 2000 pounds of beans to give away to the people. They were able to give many of these things to families in need in Meambar and the rest they gave out to people in El Plan after they returned to the compound. It was especially touching to watch an occupational therapist on the team teach some of the patients how to use their new canes. The people were so grateful for what they received and it was truly a privilege to be able to give them these things.
The team was also joined by Alania Henderson, former Associate Missionary with HBDM. Alania is a dental hygenist and she and her husband, Kris, now live in San Pedro Sula (about 30 minutes from the HBDM compound) where Kris pastors an international church. This is the team Kris and Alania originally came on before they worked as staff members with HBDM and it was a blessing to have Alania with the team again and to have her doing teeth cleanings for dozens of people. Another blessing was having three team members who were originally from Honduras but who now live in the United States. These members had a special ability to love on their brothers and sisters in Honduras and it was truly a privilege to serve alongside them. They have a desire to give back to their own people and some tears were shed when they shared how thankful they were for the rest of the team's love for their people as well. Overall it was an exhuasting but blessed week. The Lord provided in so many ways and allowed his people to be his hands and feet.
Professions of Faith: 81
Bibles Distributed: 720
Medical Patients: 1502
Prescriptions Filled: 4251
Dental Patients: 177
Teeth Extracted: 285
Dental Hygiene Patients: 67
Glasses Given: 300