Hey! My name is Callie Huseman and this is my third year on staff with DR Missions. I am just about done with my current trip, but I was privileged to spend three months serving here alongside my fiancé, Tyler Franca. As a recent graduate with a bachelors of science in nursing, I am very passionate about all things medical. I have chosen to share about our medical ministries today.
Our first medical outreach is in the form of wellness clinics.. We typically have one wellness clinic a week. They are held in a variety of neighborhoods, including the refugee area, La Jeringa, the projects, and Barrio Nuevo (where the feeding program is located.) We provide vitamins, over the counter medicine for colds, stomach, pain, and more, fungal medicine, scabies treatments, and wound care. I personally began serving by triaging the patients and directing them to the table that could best meet their needs. While giving out a vitamin and a little bit of fungal cream doesn’t seem like it can make a huge impact, the prayers and attention that the people receive is life changing. We start out every wellness clinic with the prayer “Lord, let this clinic be a platform to bring you glory. Let this medicine lead them to the True Healer.”
Our second medical outreach is in the hospital. Every week, we visit the public hospital and visit with patients. The men visit an area called “Motorcycle alley” where all the trauma patients are housed. The women visit the maternity floor. I love the opportunity to meet new moms and pray over newborn babies. I have had so many sweet moments there this summer:
First, I spend a lot of time in the NICU there. I did my preceptorship in a NICU in the states, and I have a heart for premature babies. The nurses and I connected over this and they allowed me to spend time with them and even cuddle with one of the babies. I like to joke that cuddling with premie babies is a hobby no matter what country I am in.
Second, I met this one mother who had just delivered her first daughter via C-Section. She was still too weak and too numb to talk or interact, but she waved me over and asked if I would dress her baby in the new outfit we had gifted her. I took this precious, 20 minute old baby girl and cleaned her up and dressed her. As I handed her back to her mother, she stopped me and asked “Now will you pray for her?” The mom had watched us hold and pray for the other babies in the room and knew she wanted the same blessing for her daughter. It was a powerful moment for me as I held this new little life and I was reminded of how important this blessing can be.