Sunday, November 30, 2008
My information on the history the Mayan Culture on may not be perfect but I have been told that if a man was interested in a lady, he would grab a small blanket that she wore on her shoulder. The side that she wore it on would designate if she was single or married. He then would take the blanket home and his parents would then talk to the parents of the lady and the marriage would then be arranged.
The ladies on their knees were washing their clothing when the group of "men" began flirting with them. At first the ladies resisted.............
.......then the lady in the middle began to have some interest.
These ladies danced to "The Little Drummer Boy." Their costumes were very colorful and you could tell they were enjoying themselves.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
There are more baptisms planned in Gaspar's community in December. I am hoping that we can be part of that celebration.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The following video is of the team activity that we did at Clinica Ezell. The object was to continue the movement of the marble in the tubing without it falling out, stopping or rolling backwards. As the marble passed out of your tube, you needed to move down the line to pass your tube to another team member...............and then position yourself at the end to be ready for your next opportunity!
The second day, everyone participated and we were able to circle around the entire driveway of Clinica Ezell! It took many trials, much patience, the maintaining of a good attitude, good listening skills, confidence in other team members, no finger-pointing and MUCH determination............doesn't this sound like many things we need to be successful in life??????
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
One activity that we participated in was one that the leaders had done in an earlier meeting. The object is to pass a marble through tubes without allowing the marble to fall. The marble can not stop moving, it must continue to move forward and it can not roll backwards. If one of the rules are broken, the process must start again. As the marble passes to the next person, you need to take your tube to the next person in line who does not have a tube.......... and then you move to the end of the line to wait your next turn.....................sound complicated????? Believe me, it is not easy but it can be accomplished.
Aury and Maudy are practicing before they started.........technique is very important because if you do not have control of the marble as it passes through your tube then the next person will have a difficult time.. If you try to move too fast, it can knock the marble out of the next person's tube. If people get congested and too close, it is difficult to maintain composure of your tube.
The team receiving more instructions. Listening skills are very important.
As the marble passes through your tube, you run to the end of the line to give your tube to the next person. If you move to fast, the ball can be jarred out of the tube........if you go too slow, the ball will reach the end of the line before you do and that last person will not have a chance.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
In class they are studying I, II and III John. The focus today was on the first chapter that tells us that God is Light and in Him there is no darkness. For us to have a relationship with God we must also walk in the light. We need to daily renew that relationship.........it is not just a one time commitment.
For lunch we stopped at one of our favorite restaurants for lunch, The Traveler's Menu. They have a really good vegetarian pasta dish.
OK, headed to Montellano at 0500 tomorrow morning. I will be there for one night and then back to Antigua for the last part of classes.
Friday, November 21, 2008
She is not use to using cameras so as I reached to show her something, she surprised me by taking this photo.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The sky and view was beautiful. We were told it was 200 steps but we did not count.
A view of Antigua.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I don't have much to tell you about except the arguing in the hotel last night. Apparently, we have some new visitors and they really ruffled the "regulars" in the hotel. A big shouting match broke out and the manager had to get involved.........I hope things are quieter tonight but I am not sure that will happen. I joke a lot about people who have lived in Guatemala for a long time............hmmmmmmm............
Yesterday, I realized my sock had a big black spot on it and was not sure what caused it..........maybe I have been in Guatemala toooooo long???? Anyway, I found a hole in the bottom of my shoe........
You know life has to be pretty boring here in Antigua when I resort to showing you a photo of my shoe......................................ok, I am going to go out and find some REAL news.......
Monday, November 17, 2008
This is the pila in the hotel where the maid still does all of the laundry by hand. She then hangs the towels and sheets over the railing in the sun to dry. She begins every morning around 0630 by filling the pila with water. This is usually the first thing I hear in the morning..................unless my neighbor is snoring :):):)
The house/ hotel is filled with statues, plants ..................you name it and you can find it here!
Even the cats were being lazy on Sunday as they enjoyed the sun.
I have a vivid memory of my dad coming
home from a medical mission trip to
Guatemala when I was 5 years old and
wanting to someday be a part of that ministry.
In April, I graduated from OC with a
nursing degree and immediately made plans
to be a part of last week’s medical mission
trip to Guatemala. The MRCC team consisted
of Dr. Robert & Donna Lamb;
Jack & Wynonna Skaggs; Dr. Barry
Mitchell; Greg Holder RN; Cheryl Bode
RN; Pancho Hobbes; my dad, Dr. Mike
Herndon; and me. We joined the efforts of
several other healthcare workers, volunteers,
and missionaries from Health Talents
I didn't know what to expect on my
first trip. I knew I would see a different culture,
but what I didn't realize was how my
heart would be changed. The contrast of
working in a modern ICU, to running a
mobile clinic in a small village with minimal
resources, was very eye opening. As
people lined up and received the care they
needed, you could see genuine gratefulness
on their faces. It was20challenging to see
the conditions the Guatemalans live in, and
yet it was inspiring to see how happy they
are with what little they have. In three days
we were able to serve the medical and dental
needs of over 800 people.
I would encourage anyone who h as a
similar passion and desire like mine to
come join this effort on our next trip. May
God bless our Guatemalan brothers and sisters
and the Lord's work being done there.
Jala Verner RN
Saturday, November 15, 2008
This photo was taken in Las Palmas, one of my favorite restaurants in Antigua.
Friday, November 14, 2008
After the exam, I went with Juliet and her daughters to a school function. Her daughters study English at a school in Antigua and they had a special presentation today. Juliet has always invited me to different activities that her children have. This is Juliet and her youngest daughter, Marielos.
Tomorrow will be a busy day with studying, getting my laundry done..................and who knows what other adventure!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This is Juliet, my teacher, on the left. Olga, her friend is another teacher at the school. We heard the noise in the street and we all went to watch the parade as it passed by the school.
This is Heidy and she helps with the registration process. She welcomes students each Monday and gives a presentation on the school and what opportunities there are in Antigua for the students.
I was told that once the beverages fall from the tray, the runner is disqualified but many continued to run with an empty tray.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Jala and Cheryl are trying to stabilize the scale to get a more accurate weight on the patients. This was the first time some of the people saw the new church building. They were very surprised! We will see if it is completed when they return next year.
Maury and Heidy finish preparing the dental area with their instruments.
This is Barry, who is a full-time physician and a part-time photographer....................
Gaspar always entertains the children............and they enjoy him! He had finished his dental cleanings for the day.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Juan began the clinic by welcoming the patients and explaining what services will be provided. He jumped up on the table so everyone could see and hear him.
Aury, Gaspar and Maury patiently await as the patients are signed in to be seen. Aury has recently been accepted to dental school and when she leaves to study, she will really be missed!
Tomorrow..........more about the last day of clinic.......another day of adventure!
Monday, November 10, 2008
During the three days of clinic we saw 820 patients. We pray that the work strengthens The Church and their ministry. We also pray that we demonstrated the love of Christ in our actions.
On Thursday I went with a group to Chutzurob. During our day we saw 46 medical patients, 72 dental patients and had 11 patients for dental cleaning.
We started by welcoming the patients and explaining the process of the day to them. We gathered outside for prayer.
This is Debbie, Linda and John that worked in the pharmacy for the day. Debbie has been down a few times before and so has Linda. This was John's first time visiting Guatemala. He taught us some of Japanese phrases and entertained us with his juggling ability.
This patient wanted her photo taken with Cheryl, who has been down several times to help with clinics. Sebastian is the brother that helped us start this clinic in Chutzurob.
These smiling people are Jim and Barbara.........a dental team......the annual November clinic would not be complete without them!!