David Gray: Local mission to Guatemala | SummitDaily.com

David Gray: Local mission to Guatemala

David Gray

Father Dyer Church is once again sending a team to Guatemala. Our mission spans the week of November 2. Similar to last year, the team will include a medical crew and a construction crew. While the medical crew runs a daily clinic, the construction crew builds a permanent clinic building. Participants run the gamut in age and expertise ” from Dr. John Warner, a local dentist, to Lizzie Lazo and Kayla Gray, juniors at Summit High.

This year we will work out of a village on Lake Atitlan. We will be there for a week, working under the auspices of the Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.

Our principle goal is fellowship with Guatemalan villagers. Medical care is largely unavailable to many villagers.

Last year we discovered congenital heart defects in two young children. Both of these children received corrective open-heart surgery in the subsequent months, thanks to follow-up from local sources.

Guatemala is a wonderful country. Think Mexico 40 years ago, before Wal-Mart and freeways. It recently emerged from a 40-year-long civil war, which in reality was a proxy war between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. The people are wonderful and we feel safe wherever we go.

All team members pay their own ways. We would welcome donations from our neighbors and friends in Summit County and surrounding areas to help pay for medications, supplies and extra baggage charges. Make your check to Father Dyer Church, Breckenridge, “Guatemala Mission 2008.”

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