Peter’s Story: One Teen’s Perspective on Short Term Mission Trips

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Check out this awesome video!!

Peter, a high school student from Oklahoma, shot this footage while serving in Guatemala with RIM several times… You’ll soon see why he keeps going back!

Through his eyes, you’ll experience our 2-week Evangelism Trip, our 1-week Medical Trip and our 4-week Outreach trip. Even though this video takes place in Guatemala, it will help paint a picture of what it could be like for you to serve in any of our ministry locations this summer! When you’re finished watching, check out our upcoming trips:

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Restoring Vision thru Medical Missions

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Cuidad Quetzal, Guatemala – Mobile Medical Clinics

In a typical week, our doctors and team members treat about 1200 patients, averaging around 200-250 per day. Yesterday, they set a new record, treating 339 PATIENTS in just one day!! Watch the slideshow below to see our team in action then scroll down for an amazing story…

Here’s our favorite story: In addition to surgery and medical treatment, we also partner with Restoring Vision to provide free eye glasses to those who have never seen an eye doctor. Yesterday, we met this woman who works as a seamstress and makes Amerindian dresses (like the one she herself is wearing in the cover photo below) in order to earn a living. In recent months, her eyesight grew so poor that she could no longer see the stitches she needed to make, and she had to give up her job – the only income she had for her family.

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When she arrived at our clinic, we performed a few quick tests and realized that we could help! Within minutes, this dear woman had on her first pair of glasses and she could see again!! It’s hard to capture the moment in words as she realized that she could go back to work and not have to worry about where her next meal would come from or how she could pay her bills. She kept saying ‘thank you’ over and over again, and our team members felt humbled and amazed that such a small thing could make such a life-changing impact! #ministrythatmatters

Love the stories and want to get involved? This November, Real Impact Missions is heading to Peru for a week of mobile medical clinics during the Thanksgiving Holiday. We take both medical and non-medical personnel, and you can join us! Learn more…

Saving Lives in Ciudad Quetzal

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Our Guatemala medical team members have recently joined our one month team…

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After months of anticipation, our week of mobile medical clinics has begun!!

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On the very first day, we treated 280 patients!! In addition, we provided 164 people with glasses for the very first time in their lives.

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We are working in an area called Ciudad Quetzal, the same region where our evangelism team has shared Christ in school over the past few weeks. On day one, our doctors performed a few minor surgeries…

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…and our team treated many people with high blood pressure, a lot of children with fevers, and one woman with dangerously high blood sugar. We literally saved her life!

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Each person we treat also receives prayer ministry from the team and an opportunity to hear the Gospel.

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In addition, our medical team was delighted to hear from our one month team that THREE of our translators got saved last week. After helping translate the Gospel message for our evangelism teams over and over again, the message finally hit home to them.

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What a delight to see them surrender their lives to Christ! We really look forward to pouring into them and discipling them as they continue to serve with our teams for the medical clinics this week and community development projects next week. Our God is awesome indeed!

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The Children Came Running…

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Mobile Medical Clinic Day #1

Greetings from Guatemala!

Our first day of Medical Mission was a HUGE success.  When we arrived to our first small village, we only had 15 people waiting to be seen.  After getting ourselves set up and organized, Mario and I, with our contact for the village, went out to find people to let them know of our clinic.
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At first, we had little success…until we found a school full of kids! We spoke with the Director of the school and his Teaches and they agreed to allow the kids to be seen by our Physicians and Nurses. Within minutes, we had nearly 160 kids following us to the clinic.

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We decided it wouldn’t be a good idea to send all the kids home with vitamins and/or other medication without having their Mom or Dad present to hear instructions. So, we evaluated all the kids. If we had an concern with any of them, we spoke with their Teacher asking them to encourage the child’s parents to return in the afternoon for further evaluation and medication.

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Having all the kids at the clinic turned out to be a success as a large number of them returned in the afternoon with their parents who also sought medical care.

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What started as a slow day ended with us having seen more than 300 people.

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Many of the locals, although having had unpleasant experiences in the past with Medical Teams, were smiling when they left our clinic.

God is so GOOD!

Blessings from Guatemala,

Team Guatemala 2015