January 2010 Mission Trip to Quimistan

A group of 14 people will be on a mission trip to Quimistan, Honduras January 14-23. June and Ken Blohm are the team leaders. Other team members are Holly Shoaf-Okula, Allen Blancett, Gerry Depo, Bruce & Maxine Eberhard, Jim & Lorraine Kelley, Carol Hidlay, Alan Moses, Carol Ryder, George Sewell, and Catherine Vandegrift.

The team will be involved in teaching local residents how to assemble 20 desks and benches for a village school, building Justa stoves, conducting a vacation bible school, meeting with the Agape Promises children, conducting various health tasks, such as eye examinations, dental hygiene training, fluoride and de-worming treatments, and water testing from bio-sand filters. Some team members will also teach some of the local women how to make several craft items that the villagers can sell.

The group will also survey the needs of nearby villages to assist the HAF board fulfill its long-term vision of helping the local population improve their health and living conditions in a way that creates a strong and sustainable sense of self-sufficiency.

The team met on January 9 to pack 14 trunks with dental and medical supplies, tools, and other items that will be distributed at Quimistan.

Jim is using some of the medical supplies to give Bruce a good check-up before we depart. I’m sure that this group will accomplish a lot on this trip and will certainly have lots of fun too.