|Jungle Team: April 2013
Bruce McFadden, AHMEN trained Team leader, led a diverse group on a medical mission into the jungles of Honduras.
The team traveled by pickup truck for two days, then on the beach, and finally by motorized canoes to remote jungle areas of La Moskitia, Gracias a Dios, Honduras.
We served three distinct groups: Garifuna, Miskito Indians, and Pech Indians. The Garifuna are descendants of escaped slavery-bound Africans interbred with Caribbean Indians.
The Miskito and Pech Indians are possibly descendants of the Mayan Empire although their clouded history may predate the Mayan culture by a thousand years .
At times, we could hear five different languages simultaneously in the clinics. One of the most striking things was the diversity of the workers on this team: RNs and LPNs from S. Car, N. Car, Docs from Calif (2), Alabama (2), Honduras (3), Canada (1), and N.Y. (1) Road managers from Calif (2) Meharry Med School graduates (2) Grad Student turned Pharm assistant (N.Y.) Interpreter - an Honduran expatriate returning to Honduras from the USA.
The diversity of the team extended to age also with members in their 20's and well into their 70's.
The most difficult village to reach; Las Marias, is a jungle settlement accessed only through a two day canoe ride through the rainforest on the Rio Tinto Negro and Rio Plátano from the coastal towns of Palacios and Rais Ta.
Las Marias is so remote that the yearly AHMEN team is usually the only medical team ever visiting the area. Team members are usually repeaters from previous years. Many have already reserved their "seat in the canoe" for next April. The members of the team were great, the people served were in great need and appreciative, and the weather was pleasant.
The long canoe rides give an opportunity to enjoy time in the Rio Plátano Biosphere with it's indigenous peoples and diverse wildlife. The trip was a trip of a lifetime. Click below to see pictures and learn more about the trip. This team leadership will be leading another jungle trip to Gracias a Dios in August.
This August trip will not go as far as Las Marias but will serve other Garifuna and Miskito village along the coast. This trip is not for everyone, but if interested contact: Bruce McFadden: BCMCF@BHAM.RR.COM
Tom Camp: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Arnold: email@example.com
Click here for photos from the mission trip
|Antwanae' and King Tall T Raising Money for Honduran Mission Trip
Antwanae’ Monique Jones and fiancé’ Timothy Thompson who is a gospel rapper known as King Tall T, have a ministry they’d love to join forces with AHMEN to expand their ministry to Honduras. Antwanae’ makes one-of-a-kind jewelry called Unique By Monique. “Everything I do is for the glory of God, and with him I have my being,” she says. Like all missionaries with AHMEN, they must pay their own way to travel to Honduras in June.
“We just need a little help to make that trip. We believe that it is God’s plan for us to go,” she says. Antwanae’ says that she and her partner have an opportunity to work with the women in La Ceiba, Honduras to create different types of jewelry. “I will be sharing my techniques with them to help expand the great works that they are already doing.”
She is very excited about life period, but especially excited about what God is doing with us in going to Honduras. “We believe in letting the light of Christ shine through us, and we are excited about the future!!”
Antwanae’ feels her main purpose on this earth is to help anyone I can, spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and his love. Visit Antwanae’ Jewelry Facebook Page: Unique by Monique link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unique-By-Monique/203766926309196 Or make a donation to help with travel expenses here: Donation page link: www.gofundme.com/agbmissions
|Contact List Update
The Alabama Honduras Medical Education Network (AHMEN) is compiling and organizing our contact lists. The link below will open a form which will enable us to gather your current contact information, and to ask your opinion on key issues about our work in Honduras. We would like to know about your interests, your skills and your experience. All information you share with us is for AHMEN use only and will not be shared. The questionnaire will take but a few moment to complete. Upon completion simply click the SUBMIT button at the bottom. Your responses will be added to a database that will assist us to better serve the poor of Honduras. Feel free to leave any responses unanswered. Thank you.
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Shipping Container Dates Set
Pam Greene AHMEN Logistics Team
Twice a year AHMEN ships various materials to be used by our mission teams and by some of the projects AHMEN is involved in. Set these dates aside and begin to get your mission materials ready.
We all know there is considerable confusion re. the spring container and Honduran Government dispense. I just talked to Pam Pamela Greene, the AHMEN head of container shipping. Here is what the shipping team has decided.
We will go ahead with the plans as if the dispense moratorium is going to be lifted. This way, people can be sure and make their plans for manifesting and shipping. If we have to change at a later date, we will just have to change. see note from Pam Good morning all, Information on the AHMEN April Shipment to La Ceiba, Honduras: Preload date: Saturday March 16th – All cargo and manifests must be in the Decatur warehouse no later than noon.
We now need three weeks between preload and shipping to complete and clear paperwork. Shipping Date: Saturday April 6th – Container leaves for Honduras by noon. Prohibited items: Used clothing, All Food items, particularly Milk, Meat, Milk or Meat-based products (such as infant formula) PLEASE send the Logistics Team a Yes/No reply to this email with your team name ASAP.
It is vitally important on this shipment that we get a count of how many teams plan to ship on this container before Preload. That’s all we need right now. Forms for the box labels and manifest are the same as last year. Team colors for labels are the same.
On the manifest form please add a column to include the estimated current value of the contents of each box. DO NOT put the value on the box – ONLY on the manifest. This is in case we have to pay duty on this shipment. Where there is a question of value estimate low.
Example: 1 Bo