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Honduras Medical Mission - August 2014

<p class="font_8">We are grateful to Baptist Medical and Dental International for inviting WCF to bring a team for our fourth annual trip to Guaimaca, Honduras.&nbsp; The awesome staff of BMDMI extended their warm hospitality and assisted our team from the minute we arrived until their departure.&nbsp; WCF team members included Laura Carbajal from Mexico, Dr. John Van Dyck from Paris, Tennessee, Barbara Elmore from Columbia Missouri and Carrie Hess from St. Louis, MO.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mark Wright, a Presbyterian missionary from Tegucigalpa, lent a helping hand most of the week.</p>

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<p class="font_8">Bonnie and Jimmy Abbott, missionaries, have worked with the team the last few years and wrote the following article about their experience.</p>

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<p class="font_8"><span style="font-style: italic;">In August of this year it was our privilege to watch the World Cataract Team in action at Hospital Bautista in Guaimaca, Honduras.&nbsp; Dr. John Van Dyck and his team work like a well- oiled machine.&nbsp; It seemed that they all knew what the others were thinking even before it was voiced.&nbsp; What a blessing to see the gentle spirit of Dr. John.&nbsp; He is not a “hugger” but his compassion and kindness were so evident each time a patient would give him a big bear hug. I could see pain in his face several times when he realized he would not be able to help a patient.&nbsp;</span></p>

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<p class="font_8"><span style="font-style: italic;">100 patients were evaluated and thirty-six patients were given the opportunity at a new life and the ability to see again to read, work and enjoy their family.&nbsp; One gentleman and his wife came five hours by bicycle to receive surgery. After surgery he was told that driving his wife five hours home on their bike might not be a good idea.&nbsp; The hospital gave this couple the $12 needed to travel home and return the following morning by moto-taxi.</span></p>

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<p class="font_8"><span style="font-style: italic;">The smiles we saw during this week will long remain in our minds. We are ever thankful to World Cataract for their dedication to the gift of sight in Honduras.</span></p>

<p class="font_8">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Respectfully,</p>

<p class="font_8">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jimmy and Bonny Abbott</p>

<p class="font_8">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Missionaries to Honduras</p>

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Honduras Medical Mission - August 2014

<p class="font_8">We are grateful to Baptist Medical and Dental International for inviting WCF to bring a team for our fourth annual trip to Guaimaca, Honduras.&nbsp; The awesome staff of BMDMI extended their warm hospitality and assisted our team from the minute we arrived until their departure.&nbsp; WCF team members included Laura Carbajal from Mexico, Dr. John Van Dyck from Paris, Tennessee, Barbara Elmore from Columbia Missouri and Carrie Hess from St. Louis, MO.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mark Wright, a Presbyterian missionary from Tegucigalpa, lent a helping hand most of the week.</p>

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<p class="font_8">Bonnie and Jimmy Abbott, missionaries, have worked with the team the last few years and wrote the following article about their experience.</p>

<p class="font_8">&nbsp;</p>

<p class="font_8"><span style="font-style: italic;">In August of this year it was our privilege to watch the World Cataract Team in action at Hospital Bautista in Guaimaca, Honduras.&nbsp; Dr. John Van Dyck and his team work like a well- oiled machine.&nbsp; It seemed that they all knew what the others were thinking even before it was voiced.&nbsp; What a blessing to see the gentle spirit of Dr. John.&nbsp; He is not a “hugger” but his compassion and kindness were so evident each time a patient would give him a big bear hug. I could see pain in his face several times when he realized he would not be able to help a patient.&nbsp;</span></p>

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<p class="font_8"><span style="font-style: italic;">100 patients were evaluated and thirty-six patients were given the opportunity at a new life and the ability to see again to read, work and enjoy their family.&nbsp; One gentleman and his wife came five hours by bicycle to receive surgery. After surgery he was told that driving his wife five hours home on their bike might not be a good idea.&nbsp; The hospital gave this couple the $12 needed to travel home and return the following morning by moto-taxi.</span></p>

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<p class="font_8"><span style="font-style: italic;">The smiles we saw during this week will long remain in our minds. We are ever thankful to World Cataract for their dedication to the gift of sight in Honduras.</span></p>

<p class="font_8">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Respectfully,</p>

<p class="font_8">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jimmy and Bonny Abbott</p>

<p class="font_8">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Missionaries to Honduras</p>

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