Below is an excerpt from the team's website. Click on this link to get the details.
From Dr Jim Ingram:
Our trip in January was the second dedicated American medical mission team to the area. Our team consisted of Dr. Jim Ingram, Dr. Mike Kooistra, Dr. Bill Hedrick, Karen Sibery, Diane Howe, and Mark Carter from Ft. Wayne, Auburn, and Angola, and Dr. David Craigie and Donna Heintz from Colorado. We joined the Panamanian doctors who go out to the remote villages every two weeks. We traveled to nine different villages from the mountains to the coastal and Island areas. We saw about 1,500 people, dispensing parasite medicines, vitamins, cold medicines, and antibiotics to anyone that needed them, free of charge. This year we were able to bring equipment from Kendall Optometry ministry which allowed us to measure prescriptions needed and match the prescription with our computerized inventory of donated glasses. We dispensed 400 pairs of prescription glasses and three or four hundred pairs of reading glasses. Our medical work is detailed more fully here.
From Diane Howe:
Holland, I know that I have been remiss in getting a note to you about our trip and I apologize. When I found out that our eye doctor was not going to make the trip last year I was very disappointed because there were so many people to see him the year before that he literally worked all day at each clinic we did. When Dr. Ingram met you at the missions conference it was definitely an answer to prayer. Being able to provide eye glasses to so many without an eye doctor was such a blessing! We gave out 387 pairs of prescription glasses as well as around 400 pairs of readers. The most exciting thing for me were the number of women that we were able to help with readers. Many of the native indian women make their living by creating beautiful cloth pictures called moles, pronounced molays that are all hand stitched. These are extremely detailed works and require hours of close needle work for each one. Because of this fine needle work many of these woman have poor near vision. By providing them with readers we made it possible for them to not only continue to produce beautiful art, but support themselves and their families as well. Diane