Sneaky blog title alert: It’s not America’s limited access to healthcare that’s forcing me to leave the country.
Roughly 50% of the 6 million people in rural Honduras live in extreme poverty. 21% of these people do not have regular access to improved drinking water sources; 31% do not have improved sanitation facilitates. As one would expect, the presence of disease in these areas and the consequent need for healthcare is considerable.
Supply, however, has not kept up with demand. There are under 4 doctors and 11 nurses for every 10,000 Hondurans. Moreover, this abysmal ratio has been threatened by the wide-spread striking of medical professionals on account of the Honduran government’s inability to pay their salaries.
And you thought we had healthcare problems…
Thankfully, there are organizations whose sole purpose is to provide for these sick and hurting communities. Founded in 2004 by Jarrod and Allison Brown, Mission Lazarus exists to love and serve the people of Honduras unconditionally. Theirs is a holistic ministry in which they offer spiritual, educational, agricultural, and medical support to the nation’s poor and underserved. Throughout the year, organizations from all over America send groups to Mission Lazarus to support them in their efforts.
My wife, Suzanne (in the center, left of the guy with the straw hat, big ol’ smile), traveled to Honduras in 2010 to take part in one of Mission Lazarus’s “Medical Brigades.” These groups go into Honduran communities and provide healthcare to those who would otherwise have no access to a doctor, dentist, physical therapist, or pharmacist.
Last year, their team was able to treat over 700 Hondurans. This year, the team is going back and I’m going with them! Sure, I’m not a medical professional, but there will be plenty for me to do. The spiritual needs in these communities are just as vast as the medical, so I’ll be spending a lot of time with local pastors, praying with patients, playing with their kids, and more I’m sure. This isn’t vacation; we’re going to do some work!
Speaking of needs…
The trip is in March and we could really use your help in reaching our fund-raising goal of about $2,800. But, I don’t just want your money. I want to invite you to join us in fighting back the darkness of poverty, pain and suffering in this one little corner of the world.
When you give, you declare with your dollars that you believe this fight is worth fighting. You believe that what we’re doing matters and, though you can’t be there in person, you’re willing to join us in spirit.
If you’re interested in joining us in this effort, here are the steps:
1. Donate by credit card:
a. Go to http://www.lipscomb.edu/giving/Student-Mission-Gifts
b. Designate it under Kenny or Suzanne Silva in Honduras (Med).
2. Donate by check to Lipscomb Mission.
a. Include in the memo of the check: Kenny or Suzanne Silva and Honduras Medical
b. Send checks to Aaron Hall (team leader of the trip) at:
107 Gale Park Lane
Nashville, TN 37204
Thank you and God bless!