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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Medical Team Report

The Medical Team has been been having a great experience while meeting many of the medical needs of the people here in Guatemala. The students on the team - Adam, Claire, John, Sophie, Andera, Amanada, Trent P. and Trent S. - having been doing a great job and it is truly a blessing to have them as a part of this work. We have been also blessed to have a Guatemalan physician - Dr. Byron - as part of the team, which has aided us greatly in seeing patients. Our translators - Tessie, Jossh and Kike - are all experienced medical team members, and their help has been invaluable as well.

We have seen a total of 464 patients, ranging in age from infancy to people in their nineties. The greatest basic medical needs have been in the Campur region, and we have had three clinic sites in the towns of Campur, Rubel Choc and Sesampanac. There are many things seen in these clinics that one just does not see in the United States any more because of the inability of the people in this region to obtain basic medical care.

We held the fourth clinic site at a school started for street children in Guatemala City. We had two additional local physicians join us for this clinic, and we saw more children here than at our other three sites. While there are many more medical resources in the area people still have a hard time accessing them, especially those without much money or transportation resources.

One of the important aspects of seeing patients has been for students to pray with people that we see as they are leaving the clinic. Their spiritual needs are often as great as their physical needs, and it has been great to see the team working to address these needs as well.

Your continued prayers and support are greatly appreciated as we head off to the San Marcos region. Your continued prayers for health and safety for everyone on the trip are always welcome. This has been an incredibly safe and healthy trip up to this point, and this is truly one of those ongoing gifts from God. All parents of all the teams should be very proud of the way that their teens are working hard to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people here in Guatemala.

In His love,
Mary Krech
Pete Dehnel


  • At 11:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    From the Schiemo's - Hello Andy, we hope you are doing well and eating your fruits and vegetables. Are there any booga burgers there. Please come home so there can be a little junk food around here once in awhile. The blogs are great to read so please write us more so we can hear what ou are up to. We had Austin's party yesterday, it was a lot of fun to see family. Ryan came and stayed for quite awile. Todd, of course made a ton of food that could have fed an army. Mom worked all day at the party. We are going to R&D's tonight for faher's day with left over food from the party. It's hot here...92 today but would probably seem cool for you guys. We saw the Chicago group getting ready to leave at church today. I hope you are staying well and being effective in Guad. WRITE US so we know what is happening. Say hi to Christa and tell her we spent Friday night with her parents and Molly.

  • At 1:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    happy father's day dad!! (and future father's day john :))i love you both so much and hope you're having an amazing trip!

    it has been so fun to read about everything that the team has been up to the past few days and it has really made me wish i was there again! the work you all are doing is so incredible.

    you're all in my prayers and my thoughts.

    - amy dehnel

    p.s. dad...will you please say hi to kike and josh for me and tell them that i hope to see them next summer??

  • At 2:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Tim & Chris Shortreed,Thank You very much for the Fathers Day card. I opened it up this morning. And I am glad that I didn't have to lend you the money to buy the card.
    Your Mom and I went to Church this Morning and prayed for you and everyone on the trip with you.
    I am happy to read all the reports on the great work everyone is doing. Tim & Chris, It would be real nice if you could find some time to write a note to your Mother and I, we look every day to hear from you. We would like to know how you both are doing.
    God Bless you both and the entire team. And Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there.
    We love you lots and lots
    Mom and Dad

  • At 2:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Have you seen any evidence of Earthquake dammage in Gautemala City or on the road?

    Hey Amanda,

    Its good to know your up to your same ol tricks. Ya know, hanging out in a donk on the freeway in the middle of the night,at a crime scene in Guatemala.

    Rock on!
    Love Mom.

  • At 2:53 PM , Anonymous Sr High Chicago team said...

    You guys are amazing. We are praying for you. Our advice is not to eat the carnitas.

    Brian, Bob says thr Cubs are going to the World Series.

    We are half way to Chicago. We are excited. The Sr High Chicago team.

  • At 3:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Father's Day, Tim!!!

    I'll try this again. I wrote you a little while ago, but nothing posted.

    It is hot and a little humid here. Bret is on the lake. The little guys have friends over. Kyle was playing with them for awhile and now is watching TV while he reads the paper.

    We ate at Outback today in your honor. It was the first meal we had together since you left. We are hoping to take the convertible to Adeles this evening. I'm trying to study some for Boards.

    This week will be busy with Cam's soccer evaluations and Colin's basketball camp (we are assuming you signed him up). We have games 4 nights this week.

    Northfield tournament results- Kyle and I took Colin down and saw 2 games before returning to the cities for grad parties. Cam went with Sam. Cam didn't play goalie. Since they were short players, they pulled a 6th grade goalie. I think Cam missed being in the box, especially considering how hot it was. He came home and threw up. Said he didnt feel good after the first game. They won one, tied one (Cam scored one goal) and lost one. Colin's team won all three (4-0, 3-1-Colin was the goalie for this one, and 8-0. Colin scored twice and had 4 assists. I think Colin prefers the field to the box, but they had no goalie as both Johnnie and Alec were out of town.

    Please let Brian know Cyndi and the kids are doing well. I talked with her at church today. Looking forward to seeing all of you on Sunday at church. Trusting the Lord is doing great things through you!!! PS- The mailbox was fixed and the air conditioner works GREAT!!!


  • At 4:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Pete and John
    We have been reading the blog--sounds like you are truly doing worthwhile work. We pray for your health and energy. Since this is Father's day we want you (Pete) to know how pround we are that you are our son in law. And , John, we miss you and look ahead to some time together at Bay Lake.
    We had lunch together-Judy, Doug, Tom. Nan, Annie, Grandma and me. Everyone sends their love. Hope you can remember all the activities--we want to hear them first hand. God's richest blessings on all your people there.
    Grandma and Grandpa

  • At 5:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Fathers Day Dad!(and John, i suppose, if we count Max : )).
    We miss you both so much, but we have been very happy to hear about all of the great work that you guys have been doing down there. Keep up the good work! We're praying for you and the whole group every day.
    Just on a personal note, John, your bird Max is still driving me up the wall and, although his desperation for attention has expanded his allowance for handling to mom, my fingers (and facial features) are still at risk every time I approach the cage.
    Well, we love and miss you guys so much and we hope you have a great Fathers Day. Hope you guys stay safe and healthy!
    Love You!

    Hi Pete & John!
    Just wanted to send you my love on Father's Day! We had brunch with Grandpa & everyone and noticed, strangely enough, that there were actually carmel rolls still left on the plate. We all missed you and are praying for you and everyone, as you head in to your second week. We hope you have a GREAT Father's Day Sunday in Guatemala and a great week ahead - we'll celebrate F's Day Part II when you get home!
    Happy Father's Day! Love, nan

    P.S. Buenos Dias to you too Pete! CAN'T BELIEVE we missed you but it was so good to hear your voice and thanks for the try! - try again?
    P.P.S. John - Hi Honey!.........a couple things:
    1) Are you still wondering about your shopping question? My answer would be, YES. 2) Thought you might like to know that the letter came and CB is official for next year - how nice.
    Love you mucho mucho, mom

  • At 5:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Looks like you're having fun, and I couldn't get over that you are in a house with a Down's Syndrome child! Wow -- meant to be! We miss you at EFC. Ava will be glad to see you when you get back, and so will I!! Keep working hard and spreading your sunshine. You do it so well! Love, Lynnie

  • At 10:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dear Mary Krech and Pete Dehnel: Our sincere thanks for your fabulous leadership/mentoring of the medical team. It sounds like God has really blessed the team with unity, health, safety and a very effective partnership with the Guatemalen physicians and interpreters. We continue to uphold all the teams in prayer.
    Hey, Andrea, shoot us an update sometime. We just LOVE hearing from you. Today we celebrated Father's Day with Gram and Gramps, Joann, Steve, the girls and Pabby (the Sea Dog....he wore his Fido Float :) We missed you! Everyone sends their love. We put Gram and Gramps on this blog today and they loved reading the updates and seeing the pictures. With much love, Mom, Dad and Sonia

  • At 10:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    From the Hallstrom's-Hi Allie, man are we lonesome. We are praying for you everyday. Taylor, prayed especially for you and Dad at lunch today and of course it brought me to tears. We know this experience is incredible for you and hope you are learning so much about all the people God has created for His purposes. We know He is using you. I'm praying that you are staying healthy. Remember to keep taking your pills. We love you Al. Mom, Dad & bros. say hi to Lindz and everyone.

  • At 1:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Trent and Mary and the medical team.

    I so want to be there, maybe another time! I'm so excited to hear what God is doing thru you and in you! Trent you could write a little more! I learn everything from everyone else's letters.
    We are back from the farm and we had a great time there. I leave tomorrow for my bike trip at Daisy's and before you know it you and Scott will be home.
    Scott has had an incredible time also. He got his staples out yesterday.
    I just got all the Summit information today. It looks like an incredible experience also. I hope you are soaking up this great experience. I'm very proud of you and I love you tons.

    Mom Stensrud

  • At 7:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Amanda, just checking in. Sounds like the trip of a lifetime. You go girl!
    Sue Kaiser


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