Mark 10:46-52 tells the story of a blind man named Bartimaeus who exhibited great faith. He cried out to Jesus as he was passing by, refusing to be silenced by the crowd that rebuked him. Bartimaeus was determined to have his sight, and he wholeheartedly believed that Jesus could be the one to heal him. Although Bartimaeus was physically blind, the eyes of his spiritual understanding could see clearer than most.
This was the lesson that David spoke on during our morning devotional. Bartimaeus took his next step in faith and he was made well. We pray that we continue to strive for faith like that of Bartimaeus. Let us trust in the Lord’s goodness, grace, and His promises as we take our very own steps in faith. “The purpose of a mission trip is not to change someone else’s faith, but to live out our own faith.”
Today, our team was able to take our next steps in faith through hard work in surgery and at the wheelchair clinic. Although we had a slow start, our four operating doctors were able to perform a total of 23 surgeries. Some procedures performed today included gallbladder removals, hernia repairs, lipoma excisions, and transurethral resections of the prostate. In the pre-op room, nurses and translators were working hard to make sure that patients were comfortable and taken care of. We were able to photograph each patient and send them home a picture of themselves! In the wheelchair clinic, the team was hard at work with assembly, patient visits, and wheelchair fittings. In the past two days, there were 49 patient visits and 32 wheelchairs sent out.
What an amazing start to our week here in Guatemala. It was so touching to see all of the needs that were being met for people who have waited many years for this day. Our team worked like a well-oiled machine and everyone played such a pivotal role in the success of today. We look forward to being able to serve more patients tomorrow and ask for continued prayers for our mission.