Our Wheelchair Project!

June 19, 2017

Dear Family of Friends,

It’s us again! I try not to bombard you with too many updates but this just can’t wait! Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we completed a three day orientation for the Wheelchair Project. Despite efforts to publicize the program we were still unsure if anyone would show up. But, ‘show up’ they did! And, one elderly man came to see Dra. Silvia . . . However, he joined the group and ended up coming all three days of the Wheelchair Project.

I mentioned the need for three ladies to carry on with the program when I am not here. . . That really was my greatest concern. I prayed . . . and prayed . . . and PRAYED! I was internally frustrated about what to do! And when it came to three days prior to our first Wheelchair Project day I decided I’d just have to ‘go for it’ and asked Sonja who with her two daughters has befriended me for a long time. I really didn’t know Lisseth but observing her in church she seemed like a no-nonsense person who would be reliable; and Sandra was suggested by her sister Eliana, who is the clinic’s accountant. I met with these three ladies, explained the project and the role they would play but I still wasn’t totally sure of my choices. However . . .

After our first day of videos these three ladies sprouted wings and just took over in such a sensitive and compassionate manner . . . Lisseth (without prompting) walked the blind lady home, Sonja was sweeping and cleaning up and Sandra stayed close to our lady with Parkinson’s who needed a lot of help with projects but still ‘hung in there’ with a smile. Now, I will cease the ‘chatter’ since the pictures below will say much more than I ever could. . . our participants are in good hands!! Thank you, Lord for answered prayer.

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Day 1 of the Wheelchair Project was motivational as well as evangelical. Time was spent listening to the incredible Nick Vujicic, born without arms or legs. Perhaps some of you have heard him speak which he does around the world. And, of course,
there was time for an American snack – chocolate chip cookies.

Not all people were in wheelchairs.  Mary Lu is blind, the young man on crutches from an accident and Maria has advanced Parkinson's.

Not all people were in wheelchairs. Mary Lu is blind, the young man on crutches from an accident and Maria has advanced Parkinson’s.

Day 2 was "game day". We taught them "Jenga" which was VERY popular!

Day 2 was “game day”. We taught them “Jenga” which was VERY popular!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then we had a rousting game of "Bingo" with prizes. (I had a little problem with all my Spanish numbers).

And then we had a rousting game of “Bingo” with prizes. (I had a little problem with all my Spanish numbers).

We also taught them "Connect Four", "Tick Tack Toe" and we tried "Checkers" but they thought that was too difficult!

We also taught them “Connect Four”, “Tick Tack Toe” and we tried “Checkers” but they thought that was too difficult!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 was spent orienting them to a variety of projects. Here they are learning to roll newspaper that can be woven into MANY items.

Day 3 was spent orienting them to a variety of projects. Here they are learning to roll newspaper that can be woven into MANY items.

And here are our three wonderful ladies who will lead the group. (L-R)  Lisseth, Sandra and Sonja.

And here are our three wonderful ladies who will lead the group. (L-R) Lisseth, Sandra and Sonja.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here we are braiding material strips to make ‘rag rugs’. As you can see there are a variety of ways to accomplish this. ‘Feet’ have a variety of uses!! Beautiful first 3 days!

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Preparation was essential – new ramps and of course a completed new handicapped bano!

 

 

 

 

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We had a wonderful celebration for our staff members that have worked for Buen Samaritano for 10 or more years! (L – R) Fabricio Mendoza, Angelita Garcia, Dra. Silvia Venegas, Eliana Garcia and Pastor Manuel Meza.

Before I go I want to mention that John and Lauretta Piper responded to contribute to the tuition to help Diana Melanie Flores Garcia attend the university in September. John and Lauretta asked if there were others that would consider joining them to support Diana’s education. After church last Sunday I did speak with a very eager/hopeful dad and daughter . . . I told them at this point we did not have the total tuition covered but that I would mention this again in the update. I don’t want to be misleading so I asked Carlos (sorry, mistakenly called him “Ramon” in the last update) to obtain written information from San Gregorio University. . . Registration in July is $32 that Carlos said he can cover; the first month of each semester is $324 and each month thereafter is $208. And, this degree (elementary school teacher) will take 11 semesters. Please consider this opportunity to move Diana out of poverty.

Prayer requests:

Thanksgiving for all the kind assistance of Consuelo Donoso and Dawn Traficanti during the
first three days of the Wheelchair Project.

Thanksgiving for our very nice, new handicapped accessible bathroom and the added counter space in the laboratory.
Thanksgiving for a the 3 ladies that will continue the Wheelchair Program
Thanks giving for Dawn Traficanti and all her efforts to supply projects for our wheelchair /disabled participants and a blessed short term mission. . . for her AND us!
For Jocelyn, our greatest concern in the Wheelchair Program. She is obviously very depressed since a surgery (about 2 years ago) that left her in the wheelchair at age 22. We have conflicting stories from her ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ regarding her life. May we be ‘salt and light’ to this young lady and uncover truth.
Continued prayer for more water distributors for Buen Samaritano Water.

Dios los bendiga,

Elizabeth and Richard