GUATEMALA, June 18-28, 2013
GEM’s first board meeting was April 7th and the first team held vision clinics in Guatemala just 2 ½ months later! God is so good! Josh and Sarah (Calvary Chapel Marysville, WA) along with their 2 children, Ben and Roslynn held 2 vision clinics in remote villages and 1 clinic for area pastors, matching 67 people with prescription eyeglasses and 83 people with readers.
From the missionaries:
“Ruben, one of our translators who lives near one of the villages where the vision clinic was held, has heard dozens of comments about how great the eye clinic was. People are saying that nothing like that has ever been done here before, that they are so grateful for the glasses, that if there’s ever another one we can use their houses, the schools, wherever.”
Benjamin’s (age 12) favorite memories:
I had a great time at all the clinics we did in Guatemala, but my favorite memory was at our second clinic in Chinaulta. There was a teenager there that was about 16-17 and he was blind in one eye and he had scars all over his arms. Our translator found out he had been in a gang fight and he was badly beat up. We were able to find a good match for his eye that wasn’t blind and it was great to see him smile when we put the glasses on him. I really enjoyed the clinics we did!!
Roslynn’s (age 9) favorite memories:
My favorite part of our vision clinics was getting to help point at the E Charts. I got to hand out suckers and jump rope with the kids that were in the villages. The kids there were very friendly. I had a fun time!!