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Fifteen people from Bellefield Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsilvania, came to ASELSI and used their many talents to help equip, care for and build up the people of Guatemala.

The team traveled to San Antonio, Ilotenango, a town a little over an hour away from Chichicastenango. This team served the people, taught the Bible, and spent time with leaders and members of the church there.

On their second day in San Antonio they provided medical and dental care, did activities for children, and visited families in three homes where they listened to the stories of life in rural Guatemala and encouraged the families with prayer.

In San Antonio the team dentist saw 12 patients and general consult doctors saw 159 patients.

When they came back to Chichicastenango, they continued with medical and dental care in the clinic (30 dental patients and 91 general consult patients), while team member Anita Woolley taught three seminars on building "smart" teams.

They also taught cookie making to some of the mothers at the Jesus’ Little Lambs Center. They visited the hospital to pray for the sick and rounded out their trip with cement construction projects to help ASELSI maintain the only road that provides access to the campus.

We are thankful to Bellefield Church for their team’s heart to serve and care for the people of Guatemala!

 

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In early June a team from Christian Fellowship Church in Columbia, Missouri, came to Chichicastenango on a mission – to fix, fill, pull and check teeth. This dental team came ready to better the mouths of many students and teachers at a local middle school.

 ASELSI coordinated the dental outreach to a local school where students and teachers with dental issues lined up to be checked. Those who needed further care were given appointments at the ASELSI clinic.

 In all, the team evaluated 147 patients, filled 68 teeth, and extracted 21 teeth and performed other dental care procedures all in four days of clinics.

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In late May, a team of eye doctors and students visited ASELSI and helped bring better sight to 111 patients.

The doctors were from Texas and the four students were from The University of The Incarnate Word.  The seven-day trip focused on providing follow-up care and in-depth exams for eye patients who had been checked by ASELSI clinic staff. The team prescribed 75 glasses that had to be made offsite. These glasses will be delivered in July.

 “They are doing a great job and many people are being blessed by it,” wrote ASELSI director Emanuel Perez. “We love to see their love and passion serving the people of Guatemala.”

This team of eye doctors is not only a one-week event. They are part of an ongoing program of eye doctors who have teamed up with ASELSI to provide eye care to the people of Guatemala. Eye teams from the U.S. visit ASELSI about four times a year while a Guatemalan eye doctor provides surgical care six times each year and ASELSI clinic staff take eye clinics out into the villages to provide basic eye checks and glasses about four to five times year. When a case is more extensive and needs a doctor’s care, the patient is referred to either the surgeon or one of the visits from a U.S. eye team.

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