Hello, my name is Grace VanderHeiden, a 3 month intern at MIM (MEDA International Missions). I've been doing social media for Clinica Betania these last months. It has been such a neat experience to be a part of the clinic in a small way, to help their ministry grow through the technology world. I've loved taking pictures of the staff, patients, and the action going on to capture the beauty and care the staff of Clinica Betania has for the patients that come in. If the Lord allows, I will return and pick up where I left off next year.
A lot has been going on here at Clinica Betania, so I want to update you on what has happened these last three months.
In April, we had the pleasure of receiving much needed resources that we had put into a list of needs, which included the following: over the counter drugs, vitamins, a microscope, a centrifuge, urine analyzer, along with some orthopedic equipment . Hudson Lind, a 1 month MIM intern, came with the 4 full suitcases of medicine provided by Spring Creek Bible Church in Bellingham, WA. We were overjoyed and praising God for the generosity of our supporters. Thank you, Spring Creek Bible Church!
After a couple of years of being disfunctional, our ultrasonograph got fixed in May. We are extremely grateful for John Gardner, an engineer with medial equipment practice, who came down with a team from Emmanuel Baptist Church, Bryan, TX, last march. He came to find the defective hard drive. Several weeks later, John Gardner returned with a replacement. It was a joy to be able to serve alongside him even when his time here with us was short. We are grateful for his diligence and disposition. We have already been using the ultrasonograph, mainly for prenatal care.
In May we welcomed New Life Bible Church, a dental team from Pueblo, Colorado to our clinic. They were our first medical/dental brigade of the year. Many patients came to be seen, helped, and cared for. Most importantly, the gospel was preached to all who came. For the first 3 days of the brigade, we served here at Clinica Betania. On the forth day, some of the staff, along with the team helping serve the clinic, visited El Socorro, a local village. We reached 216 patients for the medical team with the help of Dr. Grace Iyamu, a missionary doctor serving here in Honduras, and 74 patients were treated by the dental team led by Dr Jeremy Thomas. It was a busy yet blessed week of service and fellowship.
With exuding joy, we've begun the process of having the upstairs of our clinic worked on- flooring was put in, painting was done, and our ceiling was repaired by Bible Church of Little Rock, a team from Arkansas. We are very appreciative of all the labor they put in to making this space more complete so that we can expand and serve our growing clinic efficiently. Our hope is to make the upstairs of our clinic a space for counseling, for optometrists, and for the dental clinic. We are excited to see where the Lord leads us as we trust Him. It is amazing to see how the Lord has been building up this ministry in infrastructure, let's continue to pray for the impact this will have in the community and above, all the glory of God.
In June we had the honor of having Living Hope Bible Church, a dental and optometrist team from Washington state come serve our clinic. Praise the Lord that the upstairs of our clinic was ready the week they came. Their joyful attitudes and willingness to step in was a huge blessing to us. Dr Miyatake has led this dentistry team for several years now, and we are blessed by their constant support and service. In total 300 patients were screened and treated that week, 229 for eye screening and 71 for the dental team. They were able to share some of their testimonies with the patients while they waited to be treated. We pray that God is at work in the hearts of those who listened.
We thank you all for being a part of our journey here at the clinic and supporting us financially and prayerfully. May Jesus Christ be praised in all that we do here.