In September, while Dr. Darwin was in the US, we had occasion to tour the FAME (www.fameworld.org) warehouse again, looking at what they already have on hand that we could use in Honduras at the clinic for a year, or more, depending on whether supplies or equipment. For us, it was a little like Christmas shopping when you were a kid.
So, working with FAME, we are now looking to send a container full of supplies in the spring of 2019!
This is where you come in!
Although FAME has access to so many resources that we need, what they don't have, and what we also need to put on the container is the following:
1. Medicines (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, non-gummy children's vitamins, adult vitamins, prenatal vitamins)
2. Creams (anti fungal, anti itch, antibiotic)
3. Soaps, sanitizing gels
4. Hygiene items (travel sized shampoos, soaps, lotions)
You can help us fill this container! FAME has limited to no access to these types of items that we use absolutely every day in the clinic, and to some extent especially for the hygiene items, in rural areas when we go with groups.
From their warehouse, we will be able to fill quite a bit of the container's space, but there will still be plenty of room for sure for as many of these supplies as we can gather, especially since they can all be squeezed in and around other bigger items and such.
***The key for medicines and creams is that the expiration date needs to be at least June 2019, but the later the better for us to stretch the use of everything as long as possible.***
We have several months to prepare You can email, text, messenger, smoke signal or otherwise get in touch with us about how to get these items to FAME, or how we can pick them up for you and thank you in person, and then get them to FAME in time as well.
You can also donate funds to the ministry if you like, and we will scour and find the best prices to buy these things in bulk and put as much of them on the container as possible! You can do that here
This type of container we have done before, and they have been huge for moving the clinic, and work overall, forward. We are looking to be as strategic as possible with this container, to take advantage of FAME's huge offer of shipping this container, and getting as many things we need on it as possible. We don't want to waste any space if possible.
Please help us spread the word...everyone can help out on this, from one bottle of ibuprofen, to a case, to a pallet!
Also, if you know of good used or new equipment that you think the clinic or general mission could use, please let us know that as well. And pray...for how all of this will come together and be used to glorify God!
Hey, I'll admit it, I could really use your help!
We are looking for members of the group we are taking as a family to Honduras December 29th through January 5th. Have you been before and want to go back? Know someone that you think would be good to go? Think you should go but are scared?
Now is the time! This really will be a very cool, unique group. This time of year is perfect for a unique visit and some special treats. How about an entire town doing fireworks all within a twenty minute span and you get to see it all? How about special day events with the Milk Project kids off site? How about getting to see everyone from the mission together at once for a special Christmas party? All this and more...it really should be a great trip.
But we need more group members to pull off everything we are hoping to do! You can click here for more details, and always just write us to talk through it as well.
Also, part of our adventure serving in the US for these many months is finding ways to connect new partners to the mission, both Churches and individuals. Not just financial partners, although that is part of it, but prayer partners, and more groups throughout the rest of the year like we are doing in December. We need your help to make those connections...either with your Church, talking with us about maybe signing up to be a partner yourself, or even helping us by inviting us and hosting a one time fundraiser with your friends/family/life group?
We have been keeping busy this first month in the US, acclimating, and doing some visits already, but we have to keep striving to do more to get where we have the vision for the mission going, and we most certainly cannot do that alone. It is amazing how much God is doing in Honduras and so much of that through what He is doing in the USA, and we thank Him and you for that. Keep praying, there is still lots going on in Honduras in the mission and we will update more about that next month, but the work continues and almost busts at the seams sometimes for sure!
As the road work advances in front of the clinic campus, we have been impressed with the speed at which the work has advanced, and the long hours invested. Each week produces more curiosities to see and experience, along with deep earth shaking of the walls in the buildings. We have chatted a couple times with those working on the project, and also with those in charge (especially after they have knocked out part of our fence that goes around the property...which they promised to fix, over a month ago.) Sometimes getting answers and seeing really what is being planned is not always easy.
While it is an inconvenience for all in the area, everyone is quite happy to endure it knowing what a huge step this is long term for the many neighborhoods that will benefit tremendously.
One thing we have noticed though, is that when installing the sewer system (with a 10" pipe for the entire area's main line...is that seemingly small or is it just us?) and then determining the road's grade down the hill, is that it likely means for us a major headache with our entry to the property.
You can see on this picture the sewer pipe running down the road across from the mission's property, and you can see the wall built for the ditch (and hopefully sidewalk?) running in front of the gate. This also looks to be the level of the road when it will be poured.
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To keep the road level but descending as they have determined, that means that the entrance to the property would require a major change to be usable.
If the road level stays anywhere close to this (which looks worse in person than in this picture, believe it or not, somewhere between two and three feet above the current level), we will be looking at huge financial investment to redo not only our entire gate setup and columns to support it, but huge amounts of fill and then new concrete work to enter and get to the different areas of the property.
We thought we might have to throw a little more concrete near the gate...but this slope would require resurfacing a huge portion of the entrance and hills going up to the clinic and down to the man cave.
We are to talk to an architect/engineer next week about what options we have (including moving the entire entrance further up the property) that would be the easiest and most cost effective, but this is now a big prayer item, because we will need to move quickly once they get down our way (because closing the back entrance will likely happen shortly after that) to be able to have vehicle access.
So pray for good long term solutions, and also for the funding we are going to need to make this happen...and make it happen in a matter of weeks, not months. We have not many any budgets or estimates yet on what it could take...but I am guessing by the time the levels are set and the concrete is poured and gate moved, we could be looking at $5,000, maybe as much as $10,000?
All this is good, or will be good long term... it is just more financially challenging than we are ready to tackle right now.
Seen below...from the front door of the Milk Project building yesterday...they are close!
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