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Isolation. Social Distancing. Separation.

Those are key words that call us to action during the COVID-19 outbreak that has swept across the globe in the first few months of 2020.

While obedience to authorities, an abundance of caution, and simple wisdom require us to be separated from our normal social interactions during this time, it doesn't mean we can't come together through prayer that crosses every distance and brings us together (without contaminating anyone!).

Here are five points to help focus our prayers and bring us together in unity through prayer:

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Check out this video from ASELSI Directors Emanuel & Jessica to get the latest on how ASELSI has responded to the COVID-19 outbreak in Guatemala.

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A team of doctors and medical students connected with the University of Missouri spent this week helping the ASELSI medical clinic reach out to more patients and train medical workers in the Chichicastenango area.

Partnering with the ASELSI medical staff, the team saw over 375 patients in three different communities.

The team also met with over 20 staff members from the local Public Health Center to both learn about local health care and provide training on topics like how to intravenous (IVs) blood extraction, treatment for chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Dr. Jack Wells who teaches medical students, was part of the team. He said that these trips help medical students expand their understanding of how care is provided outside of the U.S.

“This is how so much of the world gets health care,” Dr. Wells said.

It is good for the medical students to see how local medical providers have to work with limited resources and “think on their feet” as they handle patient care in the best way possible, he said.

“These trips are always fantastic..getting to spend time with the folks we serve,” Wells said. “The most impactful to me is the teaching and seeing how much the local providers know and how eager they are to learn. They all want to get better.”

Teams of medical doctors and students have been coming to ASELSI for many years. Their expertise, training, and the medical supplies they bring are invaluable to the mission of the ASELSI clinic to care for the sick and needy in these communities.

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When Maria gave birth to her son, at the home of her local midwife, one look told her that something wasn’t right.

Her little baby boy had a gap in his face just below his nose – an orofacial cleft commonly known as a cleft lip and palate.

Whether it was because of the shock, fear, or she just didn’t know what to do, Maria left her baby and never came back.

Thankfully, the rest of this little boy’s family didn’t give up on him. His father, Carlos, took the little baby home and two aunts joined in to help save him. They named him Marvin—a name his father says makes him think of greatness, like the sea.

After 11 days of trying to take care of Marvin on their own, a friend saw that Carlos was troubled and asked him what was going on. Carlos shared about his son. The friend told Carlos there was a place that can help babies like Marvin in Chichicastenango.

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Today we met with Jane and Joe, who started “Evelyn’s Baskets of Love “ after their granddaughter was born with a cleft lip and palate. They presented ASELSI with 10 baskets that include the special bottles these babies need to survive until they are old enough for surgical repairs.  ASELSI’s Milk Program currently has 8 babies who will benefit from these baskets.  Thank you Jane and Joe!

Donations to help with the Milk Program can be made here.

Chulumal I, Chichicastenango, Quiché

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