June 2016 - Melbourne/Batesville medical team
The focus of the mission trip was to provide medical care to those in great need and to support the local church in its efforts to spread the gospel. There was also considerable time spent to show love and compassion to the children. Our team consisted of 32 folks from the Melbourne and Batesville area churches in Arkansas. There were also a few local medical professionals and translators who joined with us. After spending thirteen days and twelve nights abroad, sleeping in bunk beds, hotel rooms, bus seats, and even a convent, treating approximately 2500 patients, and walking at least 200 flights of stairs, we were exhausted--and joyful. Over the first ten days of our trip, we held six medical clinics in a variety of locations, including two schools, a convent, and a women's shelter. Medical clinics included, as always, distribution of New Testaments and clothes, general medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, eyeglasses, and a photo booth, toys, and games for fun. Some of our locations required overnight stays, but Villa Milagro served as our home base. Nancy, VM director, and the VM staff were so attentive to all our needs for lodging, meals and transportation. For the final three days of our trip, some of the team enjoyed a much-anticipated trip to the historic city of Cuzco and surrounding Inca ruins, culminating in a train journey to Machu Picchu, which was breathtaking both in its splendor and its many high-altitude staircases. We returned home to Arkansas with tired bodies but blessed spirits.