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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Humanitarian and Nursing Student Lane Turbeville Joins AHMEN

My experiences from this past June served as yet another confirmation of the way I think we should be doing mission work in Honduras.  I will begin posting on these experiences next week.  First, however, the work of planning for the future never ceases.  There is always another team, and I must introduce you to a lady who might just be the catalyst for something huge in Honduras.  Please pray for and send Lane Turbeville a small donation towards her August team dues today.  And now...Lane's story..

Hi Everyone! 

My name is Lane. I am a senior nursing student and will graduate with my second bachelor’s degree in May! Over the past 6 months I have been working as a clinical assistant in the Emergency Department of a pediatric hospital and working at a restaurant to help fund my nursing education. To me, a true definition of service is a strong devotion to any community and the desire to contribute with lack of selfish goals or repercussions. My true passion is rooted in service to others and I try to live my life accordingly. 

When I first heard about AHMEN, I was amazed by the wonderful service initiatives taking place in Honduras. It has always been my dream to travel internationally and volunteer in healthcare. Much to my surprise, I then discovered AHMEN's August “Jungle Team” and the International Medical Seminar taking place in CiriboyaMy dreams were quickly coming true!  

Nursing school has taught me the value of a smile, kind words, and a helping hand. I hope to embrace those simple actions while in Honduras and apply all the knowledge I have learned in the past two years during my stay there. At the conference, I will be presenting on nursing school in the United States, as well as pediatric mental health treatment in the Emergency Room. In addition, I will be performing volunteer clinic work and documenting our whole trip through photographs and interviews. I cannot wait to make new friendships, help save lives, and bring lots of memories, stories, and photographs home to share with you!

August 9th is quickly approaching and there are still lots of preparations to be made and fundraising efforts to be completed. If you would like to pray for and/or make a donation toward my mission to serve in Honduras please contact me at laneptur@gmail.com.  

Together, we are the difference.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Massaging My Way Across Honduras

As promised, a followup story from Caden Camp.  Enjoy!

Hi Y'all,

I am Caden Camp of Camp's Therapeutic Massage in Jasper, Alabama.  I have been working  with AHMEN teams for 12 years now, and I think I am finally coming into my own in terms of the role I play in Honduras.

The first time I used my skills as a massage therapist was in Ciriboya, Honduras while giving a presentation  entitled "Therapeutic Uses of Massage in Medical Therapy" at the 4th annual international, medical seminar  held at the Garifuna hospital in Ciriboya.  I concentrated on the cervical spine problems mostly originating from the women carrying bundles of wood on there head and shoulders.

In Cusuna, Honduras I taught SIFAT-AHMEN community health care workers the benefit of massage. Very often they are the soul source of healthcare in their village.  Knowledge of evaluating the needs for giving massage and the appropriate techniques is often the patients' first contact for the problem.

Working with community agents in Jutiapa, Honduras was a unique experience in that the SIFAT-AHMEN community agents were interested in the deep tissue massage.   In addition, my own "masseuse in training" Alice Leeth doubled our effectiveness.

At Shalom, the home for at-risk young women in la Ceiba, Honduras, everyone was excited to learn massage as a way of relieving the stress of dorm life.

On the island of Roatan, Honduras I used massage to establish comfortable flow of communication with the ladies at the local Methodist church as well as the local centro de salud.

During interviews with the students with the jewelry making school in Los Laureles, Honduras I used massages to establish personal contact.

My team mates on each of these missions receive the benefit of my knowledge and love of people for relief of their own stress that is a part of all mission work.  I used to think I needed some special skill to help in Honduras...Now I know all I need to do be me!

Please contact Michael if you would like to donate to my continued mission teams.  I sure do love massage therapy....and Honduras!!

Together, we are the difference.