The team led by Richard Williford came from North Carolina, Tennessee, and California to spend their week serving in San Sebastian, Lempira, Honduras. This town is located up in the mountains and is a few hours southwest of the HBDM compound in El Plan. This team had formerly been led by Mike Carder, but, sadly, Mike passed away in February of this year. It was a hard week for many of the team members as Mike's birthday fell during the course of the week. The team remembers Mike fondly, though, and even gave out an award at the end of the week in his honor to a couple who exemplified his willingness to serve and love others.
The time worked tirelessly through the week to serve a lot of patients, many of whom where children or elderly. They shared the gospel, provided medical and dental care, gave away reading glasses, played with the children, and loved on the people of San Sebastian. During the medical clinic, they met a certain man who had a great need for corrective eye surgery in order to allow him to see. The team unanimously decided to give a financial contribution towards the medical care that this man will need. What a blessing to be able to serve others in so many ways through the week! In addition, the team decided to take their "free day" on Friday and use it to serve the community of El Plan through opening the HBDM clinic. It is always a privilege to be able to help the immediate community around the HBDM clinic and to be able to serve those with whom we have come to know on a deeper level.
Many of the members of this team, including team leader and Vice President of the Board of Directors, Richard Williford, have been serving with HBDM for decades and it was interesting to hear their perspective through the week on how Honduras has changed since they have been coming. These members stated they had seen an improvement in the poverty level and, specifically, in the level dental care that is available throughout Honduras. Though Honduras is still a very poor country, the quality of life and of medical and dental care has certainly improved through the years and that is something we can be thankful for. It was a wonderful testimony to hear about the faithfulness of the Lord through their many experiences in Honduras. If it weren't for the steadfastness of our God and the commitment of members like these to HBDM, the mission would not be where it is today.
HBDM is thankful for this team, both for the "veteran" members, the new ones, and everyone in between. It was a privilege to have them and to watch them serve the people of Honduras.
Professions of Faith: 100
Bibles Distributed: 288
Medical Patients: 1604
Dental Patients: 227
Teeth Extracted: 275