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We stepped into the unknown, attempting to train local workers in basic physical therapy skills to meet the growing needs of children with disabilities, and with no other place to go, in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Would it work? We weren’t sure. Jennifer, the physical therapist providing the training, had worked with adults after graduating, but only had worked with children for six weeks in school five years earlier. Other professionals told Sharon it wouldn’t work. The ASELSI workers worried they wouldn’t be able to learn the information. Or worse, what would the other woman in the community think when they saw the women wearing pants? Despite the doubts and fears, Sharon had a vision and Jennifer believed it was an open door from the Lord. Together, they set stepped out in faith.
5 children with
7 local workers,
working Tuesday mornings.
At first it was hard for him to hold up his head and sit.
Born with Spina Bifida and some cognitive impairments, Miguelito’s mom wanted him to play soccer.
We’ve discovered what God knew all along. Yes, we can provide basic physical therapy skills to children with disabilities by training local workers and use that service as a tool to share the gospel. But we’ve seen so much more!We can bring change not only in a patient’s ability, but also in people’s perspective of those with disabilities. We can create clinical rotation sites for physical therapy students both within the US and Guatemala, exposing them to missions and the gospel. Most recently, we’re working to create a partnership with a national university and/or the government to provide official diplomas for Promoters of Health in Rehabilitation, meaning we can expand our area of influence. We eagerly await to see what God will do in the next 10 years as we trust Him!
55 children and 17 adults with
5 local workers, one national therapist and
11 volunteers, assisting patients in some form daily
Today he is walking and running. His mom said, “If it hadn’t been for ASELSI, he might still be lying in bed today.”
Today with a prosthetic foot and a brace for his other foot, Miguelito tears through a pair of shoes every 2-3 months, as he runs around playing soccer.