On October 20, the Honduras Mission team returned from a week-long visit with our Sister Church in El Olvido, Honduras. The team—consisting of Susan Scritchfield, Bev Graves, Beth Hoover, and Pastor Kyle—went with three goals in mind:

  1. To continue to build deeper relationships with our sister church;
  2. To continue to investigate El Olvido’s health care system;
  3. To begin researching a new healthcare focused partnership, so that our annual medical trip can do work that is long-lasting and leads to sustainable advances in the community’s overall health.
Why do we focus on sustainability?

Over the years, our medical teams have discovered that most medical issues are chronic (such as Asthma, Diabetes, Hypertension, etc.), and require ongoing care. While our spring medical teams can dispense a ninety-day supply of medication, we want to ensure that communities are equipped to care for people on day 91, when the medicine runs out. Sustainable work not only treats immediate issues, but also equips communities to develop and use their own resources to care for people in their communities.

During the trip, the team met with local government officials, El Olvido’s town council, leaders of our sister church in El Olvido, and local health care providers. The team also toured a clinic in a remote village, and learned how volunteers are helping to provided much-needed health care.

We are looking forward to putting our newfound knowledge into practice during our Spring Medical Mission trip on March 10 – 16, 2018.