Mark Mueller : April 2004 - Hands of Mercy Physical Therapy in Honduras

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I am a pediatric physical therapist. I have been in La Ceiba since Nov. 2003, serving with the Amor Viviente (Living Love) church. Our vision is to raise up a rehab center for handicapped children. Although the need is great, there is no therapy for children in this part of Honduras.

When I last wrote we were in the planning phase of the project. I was developing a training program for assistant therapists. Unfortunately I had some health problems. I had (what I thought was) the flu and fevers on and off for a few weeks. The end of January I learned that I had malaria when the fevers became severe. I totally recovered in February. I then needed surgery to extract a wisdom tooth and had a very difficult recovery. As a result it was difficult to work at times and I am a little delayed with my plans.

In March I began the second phase of the project, which is the training of assistant therapists who will volunteer at the center. The training has 2 parts: classes on theory and practicum working with me with the children. I currently have 20 people in classes. The practicum will begin in May.

During my time here, I have been helping some children and adults who need therapy.

Future Plans

We hope to begin the third phase of the project, the opening of the center, at the end of May when the assistants finish their practicum. I am currently identifying children who need therapy and beginning the process of obtaining the equipment needed for the center. We will probably use the house I am renting to begin the center.

I am also planning to be part of a rehab team with colleagues from the U.S. this month. We will conduct a national physical therapy conference with the Honduran University and then spend a week working with the university physical therapy students.

Prayer Needs:

Financial Provision for me and the needs of the center. For direction and guidance in the process of raising up the center. Praise for the Lord's provision until now and His strengthening to develop the training program during my time of sickness.

Note to Supporters:

Thank you very much for your financial support that makes this ministry possible. Please make support checks payable to 'Congregacion Leon de Juda', write 'Honduras Mission' on the memo line, and send them to:

Congregación León de Juda
Attention: Alejandro Calderón
68 Northampton St.
Boston MA 02118
Tel. 617-541-4455

DO NOT SEND DONATIONS TO HONDURAS

Mark Mueller
markwilliammueller@hotmail.com
Apartado 497
La Ceiba, Atlántida
Honduras, Central América

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