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2019 Guatemala Healthcare Team

Traveling From: 11/8/2019 to 11/17/2019; Team Cost: $1385*

Aguacate, Guatelama –Are you interested in providing health care and education in a rural village of Guatemala? In an isolated part of the country, a rural Orthodox clinic is making a difference in the health of thousands of individuals. The 2019 OCMC Health Care Team to Guatemala has been invited to offer primary, prenatal and dental care at the Fr. Andres Giron Health Clinic. This is the first Orthodox clinic in Guatemala, nestled in the Guatemalan highlands, in the peaceful Mayan village of Aguacate, ten hours northwest of Guatemala City. Medical services in rural areas are not easily accessible for patients, due to distances, cost and availability of qualified medical professionals in the region. The Clinic has three medical exam rooms, two Dental rooms, Laboratory, Pharmacy, waiting room and office. In harmony with a vision for self-sustainability, the clinic charges a minimal charge to individuals who receive care.

Guatemala is among the countries with the lowest expenditure on health in the Americas. Health resources remain concentrated in urban centers even though rural areas display the greatest need. According to a 2011 World Health Organization survey, Guatemala is rated lowest in many categories when compared to other nations in the western hemisphere. Many rural Mayan people survive on subsistence farming and the prevalence of chronic malnutrition among children aged five and under was 58.6 per cent. The 2010 statistics claim that the Guatemala maternal mortality rate is 300 percent higher than the regional norm.

Several thousand Guatemalans and Mexicans came into the Orthodox Church in 2010 under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico. Most were originally Roman Catholics who left or were alienated because of their non-traditional, often charismatic, worship practices. The majority are descendants of ancient Mayans who lived in Central America long before Europeans arrived. These diverse communities were united by the late Fr. Andrés Girón, a former Roman Catholic priest and an active politician. In terms of villages and churches, there are several dozen independent communities and several thousand faithful.

Decades of civil war have taken a toll on the people, economy and health care system of Guatemala. A large percentage of the population in Aguacate belongs to one of twenty different Mayan groups who for centuries have been marginalized and live in greater poverty, with less education and health services. The Guatemalan Ministry of Health has started to offer 'intercultural' services that respect Mayan obstetric and health practices.

Health care professionals – doctors, dentists, midwives, nurses, and other medical technicians – are needed. Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.

Dates: November 8 - 17, 2019

Cost: $ 1385 (+ airfare)

Travel Team Members must fly on the international travel itinerary OCMC will provide to and from the project destination. Members make round-trip flight arrangements to Tuxtla, Mexico on Friday, November 8 and return on Sunday, November 17. Airfares are not included in cost. Orientation will take place in Tuxtla and Aguacate.

Fund raising - Each Team member is responsible for the participant cost and airfares. Team members raise funds to cover the cost of their participation. Participants are encouraged to let others know that they will be sharing in the work of missions through their tax-deductible donations, and invite others to join through prayer and financial support. The cost includes room and board, local transportation, orientation costs, ministry expenses and materials.

Share in a journey of faith… Orthodox Mission Team members are challenged to view the world with God's eyes and seek how He wants to use them to fulfill His plans. This cross-cultural experience, combined with outreach, offers participants a life-changing learning experience. This experience is about people, culture and missions. It is also about prayer, for you and others; it is about God, those you serve, and about yourself, as you serve Him.

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God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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