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So our next place didn’t go so well. These cows were a little more aggressive. As Julie and I went in to administer medicine to a bull (el toro), it got pissed. All the cattle ended up breaking through the fence and taking off. The natives had to go and round them all up and get them back. El toro didn’t forget and ended up chasing us all out of the pen. So we decided to leave this place for another day. Tom, Monika and Julie then held a workshop for the villagers on how to care for their animals as Hugo Jr translated. This trip really has opened my eyes to how important the animals are to these poor countries. I am grateful to be a part of this.

A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Proverbs 12:10

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As we walked to the next house, I tried to look around and enjoy the beautiful sites of Guatemala. I loved the occasional trees that grew the red flowers. I also spent some time trying to improve my spanish. I talked with a gentleman about Guatemala and tried to learn more about the country. He showed me a termite nest and gave me a little lecture on how they build them. It was really cool. Karyn really connected with one of the girls from the village and they were listening to music on her IPod. I caught of glimpse of them dancing with Julie and Savannah. Speaking of Julie, she snagged a pig and gave it some oral medicine. Man those things are loud. At the next house we had some time to play with some little kids who provided some fun entertainment for us before we got to work.

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We walked down to a house that had some cattle that needed some medicine. Monika and Julie went right to work on some of them. I was impressed how smooth they were at doing this. Tom encouraged all of us to take turns giving an inoculation and some medicine orally. I was happy to get my hands dirty and trying to be a veterinarian for the day. The cows were a bit jumpy, but I was glad to have an opportunity.

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We went down to the village of Tercera Calle. Today we are working on chickens. As the leaders were putting together the plan for the day, I spent some time talking with a gentleman in the village. I was surprised to hear that he had been to the States. He mentioned that he schooled in San Francisco and we had a good conversation. We also got some time to play ball with the kids.

Tercera Calle

Julie and Monika – our vets discuss the workshop

Boy with his boleto

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We stayed in Champerico (on the coastal plains) at the Don Rami hotel. I took a nap and got in a good shower before dinner. The humidity had worn me down. Two guys from Honduras were assigned to be my roommates – David and Adolfo. As David was flipping through channels, we watched some baseball. They had no clue how the game worked, so I had fun trying to explain it to them. Dinner was at the hotel restaurant and I ordered some fried shrimp and a shrimp ceviche. The ceviche was amazing! I enjoyed being in community with our team and it was great getting to know Dr. Hugo.

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After lunch, we got our first taste of what we would be doing for the week. In the village of Monte Cristo was a ranch full of hundreds of cattle that needed to be inoculated. One by one they needed to be given vaccine and an oral medicine that will help them live longer and not spread diseases. The first batch was done today. Some of the cows were really feisty and I was able to practice getting some great shots with Jim and Lyn. It was amazing watching the cowboys gather them and one by one rope them up to be injected. It took two days to get through them all.

Hundreds of Cattle

Authentic Cowboy

I lost my man card when I saw this guy

Julie is a rock star

Dewormer medicine

Up close action shot!

The one that got away

This one just wants his mama

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”  

Matthew 20:1-16

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Village of Monte Cristo

Drip Irrigation System

The team being welcomed by the village leader

Dr. Hugo & Tom discuss the day

Dr. Hugo has a great sense of humor

Steve & Dr. Hugo are long time friends

Baby Coyote

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We got to the village of Monte Cristo and had the opportunity to meet the President of Global CHE Enterprises, Dr. Hugo Gomez. He was a very humble man and very welcoming to us. Below is a summary from GCE’s website on Dr. Hugo and his history with them.

In 1983 while serving at a medical clinic operated by the National Presbyterian Church Health Program in the highlands of West Guatemala, Dr. Hugo and Miriam Gomez received an invitation to join Medical Ambassadors International (MAI). By February 1984 Dr. Gomez was working fulltime with MAI doing Community Health Evangelism (CHE) among the Mam and Quiche indigenous peoples living in villages scattered throughout Western Guatemala.

For the next 8 years Dr. Hugo and Miriam Gomez were faithful in their work in Guatemala. In 1992, doors began to open for Dr. Hugo to begin teaching CHE across Latin America. In 1995 MAI appointed the Gomez’s to oversee the entire Meso-American region.

The work of Dr. Gomez with MAI (who later changed their name to LifeWind) continued until 2008, when Lifewind called several people and churches to consider forming the CHE Meso-America Partnership. It was out of this original partnership that Global CHE Enterprises was born. In 2009 Global CHE Enterprises became a non-profit organization and joined the Alliance for Transformational Ministry (ATM). ATM is an alliance of ministries committed to using the strategies of Community Health Evangelism in the expansion of God’s Kingdom around the world.

Today the work of Global CHE Enterprises includes ministry in 8 countries in Meso-America. Dr. Hugo and Miriam Gomez lead a team of 45 staff and over 575 active volunteers. More than 50 villages have already completed the CHE program and 52 villages in Meso-America are currently “doing CHE”. People are being taught to be followers of Jesus and whole communities are being lifted out of cycles of poverty and disease. As a result, just in the last three years, more than 1,500 people made professions of faith in Christ, 25 new churches were planted, and thousands of people experienced greater health and dignity. The vision of Global CHE Enterprises is to see CHE transform the lives of all the indigenous peoples of Meso-America whether they live in rural villages or urban communities.

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