The inauguration of a new health center was the exciting event on June 11th in Wasparani, a rural sector in one of the most remote regions of Mission Predisan’s health service area. Local leaders and families gather with key Predisan staff, the mayor of Catacamas, and volunteers from Third Lens Ministries in Atlanta to celebrate the partnership that resulted in a modern new facility (replacing the old wooden plank construction) to provide improved health services to approximately 1,100 persons in surrounding villages.
The ceremony opened with prayer and the reading of Scripture followed by the participation of leaders and invited guests. Predisan’s Medical Director, Dr. Amanda Madrid, recounted the story of how community leaders first approached Predisan after hurricane Mitch in 1998 humbly asking that health services be extended to their communities and recounting the long travel times and barriers to obtaining timely care in communities that were hours from Predisan’s nearest health center in Capapan.
A plaque of recognition was given to Third Lens Ministries to thank the organization for their generous financial donations and willing volunteers who came from Atlanta to work alongside in the construction process. The climactic moment was the cutting of the ribbon allowing the community to enter and receive and admire their new health center. Local families provided a delicious lunch, and literally, the fatted calf was slaughtered for the occasion!
Now with God’s provision of this new center, better roads, and better trained personnel, PREDISAN’s goal is to accompany and act as a catalyst for strengthening these communities and others in their path of development.
(Northlake Church is a sponsoring partner with Mission Predisan in Olancho, Honduras.)