Health Talents International Newsletter
In This Issue
No more Heartbreak!
New Team Member!

News from Kemmel and Lisa Dunham

News from Sheri Kretzchmar
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What's new?
got an early Valentine gift with the birth of Sara Alejandra Rosas Castellanos.  Blessings on the new family!

What  now?
When 2 sisters with 8 children between them were both widowed, questions of "how do we survive?" came to mind.  Grandmother had a house with 1/7 of an acre.  They got to work raising chickens, ducks, turkeys, a pig and a cow.  The sisters also weave and do needle work while grandmother keeps the garden.  All faithfully serve the Lord and thank Him for their bounty!

New Church News:
There is a new church meeting in Mactzul 4 started by families from Mactzul 5 and Mactzul 3. This church is growing already with 4 recent baptisms.    What a joy to see the enthusiasm with which these brothers and sisters share the Gospel!

Spring 2016

Spring brings new growth!  This is especially true this year in Heatlh Talents world: new workers, new projects and new accomplishments.  In this issue we joyfully share good news and thank you for your support.
We have these spots to fill - can you help?
April 30-May 7: NURSES
June 4-11: NURSES
August 6-13: NURSES
"Heartbreak" Maria no more!

Last year we introduced you to "Heartbreak" Maria and her sad story of neglect.  This year we have a much happier message to share about this young girl, all because of the love of an amazing God who " heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds" Psalm 147:3.  

Over the past few months members of the HTI team, and Dr. Patricia in particular, have intentionally loved Maria with words of hope in Jesus and with His arms of love.  In February, Maria came to Clinica Ezell during the surgical week for a biopsy so that we could better understand her condition.  Dr. Alan Boyd, HTI board member and dermatology pathologist at Vanderbilt, took a look at Maria's information and diagnosed her with actinic prurigo which is in fact a photosensitivity condition causing her to need lifelong topical steroids, high SPF sunscreen, a daily dose of 10,000 IU Beta Carotene, and long sleeved clothing to protect her from the sun.  

We will do our best to continue helping Maria learn to live in her skin, but the most important thing we can do for her will have nothing to do with her medical condition and everything to do with the condition of her sweet heart.

In the photos below you see a radically changed little girl with a beaming smile who has not only learned to hug, but is learning how to hang on to Jesus for dear life!  Maria was one of the downtrodden but Jesus stepped in to bind her wounds and place her yoke upon His shoulders!
Cynthia Allen and Maria
Maria prepped for biopsy
Ministry Team News: New Team Member!
Noe Chan 
Our year has started out on a good note with the addition of Noe Chan as our new practitioner of physical therapy. We spent most of January getting him set up with equipment and supplies that he could use at Clinica Caris and on the coast at Clinica Ezell.

He will travel between our two bases of operation, giving each a week of his time on an alternating basis.  The great part is that Noe loves home visits and is keen to get out to areas that don't have access to physical therapy.  His schedule is filling up quickly, confirming the need for these services. 

T hanks for taking the time to read this newsletter.  If you would like more information about volunteering on one of our trips to Guatemala or would like to know more about this ministry, please visit our website.