The team led by the President of the Board of Directors of HBDM, Dr. Eddie Gibson, was composed of members from multiple states, but mainly Mississippi and Kentucky. They traveled a few hours Southwest of the HBDM mission and spent the week serving the people of Veracruz, Copan, Honduras. It was a pretty normal week for this team, nothing out of the ordinary happened, but the team diligently and humbly served those whom God brought to the brigade.
This team is known for being one of the larger teams that serve with HBDM, so they were able to see a large number of people and to serve in many different ways. Overall there were seven medical providers and two dentists, along with a large number of people working in the pharmacy, one member working with eyeglasses, two members triaging, many members helping with crowd control, two ladies assisting in the kitchen, and a large number serving in the church and children's church. The team was also able to serve one day in the clinic on the HBDM compound.
One of the highlights of the week for the kids in Veracruz was having an artist along with the team who did face painting from the time the brigade opened in the morning all the way up until dinner! This team member actually stayed for an additional week as well and finished the mural in the HBDM clinic that she had started a year before! Her talents certainly blessed not only the people that pass through the clinic as the mission, but also every single child that passed through the clinic in Veracruz.
During the week, a few of the team members and translators also had the chance to take some medicines, Bibles, and rice and beans up to a small church in the mountains a little ways from the school in Veracruz, to people who were not able to come down to the brigade. The team brought medicines for around 40 people, but around 80 people showed up to be seen. This was quite a chaotic experience as the team only had a limited amount of time and space to see all of these people, but the people sat patiently in their seats waiting to be seen and asking only for what they needed. The team did what they could with what they had and were blessed by a people who were so gracious and kind even when the team ran out of medicines.
One of the ways this team spurred each other on to love Jesus and others better was through the sharing of testimonies. Each morning and evening, different team members shared about how the Lord had been faithful in their lives. It was so moving to hear stories of struggle, and heartbreak, and tragedy, yet so encouraging to see how the Lord had sustained each person, helped them through the valleys, and gave them victory through his power. It was also special to hear how team member's lives had been changed through the time they had spent serving in Honduras. It is not always easy to leave one's family and comforts to spend a week in uncomfortable living quarters serving people who speak another language and live entirely different lives; however, the Lord rewards those who faithfully obey the call to go and it is clear that through their obedience, team members are blessed time and time again.
Professions of Faith: 73
Bibles Distributed: 992
Medical Patients: 1103
Prescriptions Filled: 5100
Dental Patients: 137
Teeth Extracted: 145
Children's Church: 128
Glasses Given: 370