Missions 2004
Marvin Walker--Rotary and Habitat for Humanity in Mexico,  January 17

    Mexico 02    I left Saturday, January 17 for Valle de Santiago, Guanajunto (State), Mexico. We are a group of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine and Interactors (Rotary's High School equivilant) that have formed a Habitat for Humanity Global Village team. In two weeks time we built a home in Valle de Santiago, from footers to finish.
mexico 01

There were two adult women and six adult men plus two female high school students. Our team leaders were Bill Lipsey and Arch Woodard. Bill is a Naval Academy classmate of Dr. Arch and does two or three of these trips a year now that he is retired. We paid our own way as well as for the materials for the home. The dates were Jan 17th through Feb 1st; I worked for only the first week. I thank you for your prayers for safe travel, safety on the work site, intestinal health and no hasseles with the local authorities. 

In Christ,    Marvin

Guy & Pat Ross -- WNC UM Building team in Costa Rica. January, 2004.

Guy and Pat Ross joined a Western North Carolina Conference Building Team of 11 men and five women in Costa Rica from January 17 - 31. Their Mission was to complete a cement-block wall, fabricate and install trusses and put on a tin roof for a church fellowship hall.

Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
Mt. Sinai Methodist Church, Concepcion Abajo Alajuelita

Guy and David standing before fruits of labor with fruits of the land. 


Pat & Yasmina
Pat and new friend, Yasmina, worshiping together.

David & Alice Houser--International Health Services of MN in Honduras,  February 13-29

IHS has been doing Medical/Dental/Surgical/Eyecare missions to Honduras for 20 years. This year a group of 115 from all over the US plus 13 Honduran
translators, dentists, nurses fanned out to 15 sites all over Honduras.   David & Alice worked with Dr Jim and Margie Haaga, from Burnsville, and others in the village of Uhi, on the Carribean Sea coast.  Sites are so remote that ham radio is the only communications available. Surgery support was available 20 miles away by plane. We treated over 1000 medical and dental patients, referred for surgery: 2 hernia repairs, 4 tubal ligations, two broken bones.

Uhi villagers waiting to see the Doctor. Alice helps in the pharmacy.
Ham Station
David helped with communications on Ham Radio. Alice is managing the waiting room and dispensing deworming medicine.
Team Uhi
Translators worked form Mosquitia to Spanish to English. Our team from IL, NC, CA, MN, and Honduras.

Youth Mission to Atlanta   July 9 -- 14