Monday, April 14, 2008

15 shots, 8 more to go

This is only the beginning of our preparation to go to Honduras on a medical mission trip in July and August!!! Yep, that's right, it is going to happen! We will be going on a trip with World Medical Mission (of Samaritan's Purse) where Bryan can work in a hospital. They are helping us with all the details which are still to be worked out. They will get us housing and are very supportive of us taking our kids with us. This was our first choice for a medical mission trip this summer but originally they told us no because all of their Spanish speaking locations needed a fluent doctor. Bryan is not fluent but we checked back them after trying everything else and being inspired by an article I read--they are now allowing us to hire an interpreter for $10/day!!! We were not finding any other trip or organization that we were as excited about. I talked with lots of organizations that advised us not to take our young children with us. We want to make this apart of our family life now and in the future so we want to include them and we didn't want to leave them for 4 weeks.

We will most likely be going from July 13th to August 5th (about 3 1/2 weeks). So in preparation for all the disease potential, we had a lot of vaccines to prepare us. I got three shots, two of which were painful. Bryan got 3 shots also. Clay got 4 shots and Jaden got the worst of it with 5 shots. The kids were in really bad shape because they needed a nap and we were in the travel clinic office for 3 hours! Clay made up for his 1 less shot because he threw-up twice before we left the clinic. We all still have more shots to go but it will be just 1 or 2 in the next 2 visits.

You can all start praying for us now in preparation for this trip. We will find out more details about this trip tomorrow and I am sure I will blog about that too. We are super excited about this opportunity and this dream come true. We hope to be involved in part-time medical missions work for the rest of our lives.

1 comment:

Kirk said...

That is great news about the trip! Not so great news about the shots :-) I hope the planning goes smoothly, let us know if you need us to do anything while you are gone.