It is doubtful that when Jason Vasser first arrived in Peru in 2007 to work as a short-term intern teaching English and helping in the medical clinic that he could imagine returning 5 more times over the course of 5 years, but that is how the Lord works. A short-term mission trip can have a lasting effect not only on the people you serve, but also on the team itself. After serving as a summer intern with Peru Mission, Jason returned and worked in the medical clinic while in dental school. He had the idea to bring a dental team down and worked out those details and the next year returned, but with a team of dentists and dental students. This year was Jason's third year to bring a short-term team from the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Dental School.
A group of 9 traveled to Trujillo where they worked in the Esperanza district with our local churches to provide dental care over the course of this past week. We started the week at Wichanzao and followed the next day in Wichanzao's extension work, Clementina.
Susannah, Jay, Warner, Daniel, Haley, Elizabeth Hamilton, Jason and Jason Vasser
After serving in the Wichanzao and Clementina churches, they moved to the Manuel Arevalo neighborhood where they held a clinic in the Christ the Restorer Presbyterian Church and provided fluoride treatments for school children in the neighborhood where Christ the Redeemer Presbyterian Church meets.
Waiting room at Christ the Restorer
Fluoride treatments at a school near Christ the Redeemer
The team also had an evangelical aspect to their campaigns as Haley read bible stories and played with the kids at each clinic.
We are so thankful for Jason and his team and all the work they did to reach out to the people of Peru. Have you considered a short-term trip? It may just change your life and turn into a beautiful long lasting relationship like Jason's!
Mon, June 4, 2012
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