Lucia, 6 years old, pauses for a photo after a successful hernia surgery. She told us, “If my brothers get sick, I want them to come here!”
Checking the charts at the nurse’s station…Nancy Fisher (left), Sue Tysdal (seated), & Linda Wenger (right)
Felipe is all smiles just a few hours after his hernia surgery! He is 9 years old and told us that his favorite subject is math.
Martha, Maria Esther, and Angela enjoy coloring books and crayons as they wait their turn for surgery.
Lucia (left) and Modesta (right) enjoy making flowers with pipe cleaners as they recuperate from their successful GYN surgeries.
Pascuala (center) with nurses Sue Tysdal (left) and Sonia Elias (right). Pascuala is a 42 year old single mom who lives with her sister in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Santa Cruz. Her husband abandoned her when her son was only 8 mos. old. She is now pain free after a successful hernia operation!
Luisa (seated) teaching the Bible to Casimira. Luisa is 56 years old and came in with a supraumbilical, incarcerated hernia. Her husband works as a helper in construction and earns very little money. They live way out of the city, where Luisa spends most of her time evangelizing. She never went to school and never learned to read or write. For 2 years, she prayed and fasted 4 days a week asking God to give her the ability to read and understand the Bible. Then she had a supernatural encounter with God. She can now read and understand the Bible…only the Bible…She cannot read any other book!
Every morning, the patients gather for a time of praise and worship. Patients spend many happy hours singing as they wait for their turn to go into surgery, and as they pass the hours recuperating after surgery.
Libia’s nurse, Laurie Ferrel, checks her IV line. Libia is a 26 year old single mom who rode the bus 18 hours to come to Santa Cruz for surgery. Her husband abandoned her when her baby was only 3 mos. old. She had no job and no money. Before coming to Santa Cruz, Libia said she “went everywhere looking for help but no one cared.” At Mission of Hope, she received physical healing from 4 years of painful gallstones and spiritual healing as she gave her heart to Jesus!
Following a successful surgery and a very rapid recovery, Santos (left) prays for his roommate Juan (right) before leaving to go home. Juan is a 65 year old evangelist who came in with 2 large hernias, which he had had since he was very young. Juan lives 3 hours away from Santa Cruz with his wife and daughter. For many years, he has walked long distances into places “where cars cannot go” to preach the Gospel message. He came in for surgery saying he could no longer walk long distances because of the pain. Juan is now healed and pain-free!
Lucia spends time talking with Cecilia Miller, one of the translators for the team. Lucia is a 57 year old single mom who lives 7 hours away from Santa Cruz. She works very hard and earns very little money selling yucca, which is common vegetable in Bolivia. A friend saw the pain she was in and told her about Mission of Hope. When she came for her screening appointment, she did not even have the money for bus fare to get back home. Lucia has now gotten the care and attention she needed. She says that this surgery has changed her life, and she is so very grateful!
Marcelina is a 50 year old mother of 10 children who had surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. She and her husband are very poor. They live about an hour and a half away from Santa Cruz, and they both work taking care of a farm.
Wilber, who is 33 years old, takes care of his 80 year old father, his 77 year old mother, his wife and 5 young daughters. With so much responsibility resting on his shoulders, he did not know if he could afford to travel 9 hours by bus for an operation in an unknown place with unknown people. Wilber had heard so many great testimonies of people who had been to Mission of Hope. He told us, “I decided to come and trust.” Wilber came in with double hernias, one on each side. After a successful surgery and a beautiful recovery, he blessed all of us as he sang and played the guitar. He told us, “God has used this place to heal me. I am so touched.”
Wilber plays the guitar and sings as Donna Miller (left), Cecilia Miller (center) and Ruth (patient on far right) sing along.
Wilber helps to pass the late afternoon hours as he sings and plays for the patients.