Episcopal Medical Missions Foundation

Making A Difference

Photo: 100+ patients each day at EMMF Medical Team visitsHONDURAS
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During medical team visits, each physician and dentist sees as many as 100 patients a day. The porch (at left) is filled with those in line to see the doctor.

In the distance, you can see the street beyond the fence is filled with yet more people waiting their turn to move up to the porch.

Visits by your missionaries are major events in the isolated communities of Honduras. In fact, doctors must limit each patient to three complaints, otherwise the lines would never move!

Photo: Man reading because of donated eyeglassesDonated glasses make it possible for this gentleman to enjoy his New Testament reading. The eye test is simple - patients try on donated glasses until they find a pair that improves their vision.

Being unable to see properly is a major disability for those in undeveloped countries. Impaired vision can prevent one from farming effectively, which makes feeding one's family very difficult.

And buying a pair of glasses from a local physician can cost a poor farmer a year's wages. Keep this in mind the next time you throw out an old pair of glasses. Bifocals are especially needed. Dr. Henry Moore says that bifocals are gone as quickly as we offer them.


Photo: Examination of child by Dr. MooreLeft: EMMF Trustee Dr. Henry Moore examines a little one as the boy's mother and a volunteer medical student look on.


Photo: developement of sanitary toilet and shower facilities 


At right, Dr. Moore oversees the construction of public toilet and shower facilities, the only sanitation projects of their kind in these remote areas.


Photo:children receive donations of shoesPhoto: shoes prevent children getting sick while tending livestockAll of the children in EMMF mission villages receive donated shoes.

Volunteer Jennifer Christain (at left) of the Texas A&M Canterbury group has a fitting session with some Honduran children.

Shoes on feet mean less injuries and contact with parasites from animal waste. For example, this young lad (at right) must care for the family livestock. He now has shoes and does not have to walk barefoot among the oxen.

Photo: triage nurse interview patientsVolunteer triage nurse Heidi Von Gruenigen interviews waiting patients to decide who will be seen first. This procedure is necessary, as those in dire need of care may be far down the line.

Note how the folks in line have dressed up for the visiting medical team. Again, this is a major event for the villagers, so they put on their best clothes, often the only good clothes they have.



Photo: Farmers volunteer to lay new water lineGetting clean water to the village is a top-priority project. These local farmers donated their labor to lay the new water line.

The success of any mission program is directly proportional to the amount of local participation.



Photo: Episcopal Church in HondurasThe Episcopal Church in Honduras IS growing!

The field, indeed, is white under the harvest!






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