This year the Providence Presbyterian Church Congregation’s overwhelming generosity sent the mission trip team with US$8,205, which represents a sizable increase over the US$5,212 we collected in 2015. After arriving in Chimbote the money was deposited in an account for safekeeping and converted to neuvo soles, the local currency. At an exchange rate of 3.18 s/. per US$ s/.26,091.90 was deposited.
On Tuesday, January 24th, James Hill and David Llewellyn accompanied by Padre Elmer and Charo (our interpreter) , visited Jaime at the Hospital Regional de Chimbote who had recently suffered a broken leg in a car accident. Jaime is well known to anyone who has visited Chimbote or seen pictures from those who have gone. Father Jack took Jamie
into the mission many years ago and cared for him since he is physically and mentally challenged. Padre Elmer has adopted Jamie so that he can apply for SIS insurance and be assured of continual care. James was able to establish a FaceTime link with Tim Good so he and Jaime could communicate and enjoy “la Bamba.” On behalf of the Congregation we left s/.1200 with Padre Elmer to support future care for Jamie. We also left s/. 8000 with ACAF to be used for Jamie’s surgery for his broken leg and rehabilitation. ACAF will use any remaining money to the benefit of others for surgery, medications, etc including medications for one of the residents of a housebuilt by our team. Note: As of March 15th Jamie has returned to the mission and is under continuing care as he rehabs.
On Wednesday, January 25th, James Hill, Bret Myers, and David Llewellyn visited the social workers (Sylvia Noriega, Zarela Ventura Lopez, and Monica Castillo) and patients at La Caleta Hospital to offer prayers and financial assistance for those in need. Before starting a discussion of current patients we were presented with a two inch thick folder with a detailed accounting, including receipts, of how the s/.5000 Wade Davis and David Llewellyn left with the hospital on behalf of the Providence Congregation was spent after our departure in January 2016. From February 2016 through early January 2017 the money was used to provide funds to fifty-three different patients. Each patient recipient was evaluated for need based upon their social-family-economic, urgency, and medical diagnosis before receiving any financial support. Each year we are continually amazed at the ethical ownership these social workers take in managing the disbursement of our funds. This year we left s/.3000 with the social workers to use throughout 2017.
As our relationship grows over the years we have become more efficient as a team in how we help. This year we were presented with a typed list of twenty-seven patients from all departments of the hospital. The list detailed their name, age, bed number, illness, summary of need capability, hometown, and specific support needed from us. During our visit we added two more patients to the list.
We are continually pleased to see that each year Serguro Integral Salvo (SIS), (the Peruvian version of Medicaid) covers an increasing number of needs. As part of our assistance we visit the local Inca Pharma to get medications, formula, diapers, etc and this year we spent just over s/. 2000 to fulfill needs.
Several patients wanted to share their appreciation for the loving generosity of Providence….
My name is Miller Delgado. I am nineteen years old and am responsible for running my mother’s farm in Vinzos, a mountain community. My father left my mother, brothers and sisters years ago and doesn’t provide any help. I was riding in the back of our donkey cart on the way to market with our harvest when we were hit by a speeding car. I was thrown off the cart and suffered a severe fracture of my femur, which required an expensive implant to regain my mobility. My SIS insurance covers the surgery, but not the s/.2900 cost of the implant device. Our family is lucky if we earn s/.30 a day at market. La Caleta was willing to pay s/.1900 of the cost if we could raise the remaining s/.1000. In the meantime I lie on a gurney in the emergency room hallway. Thanks to the kind generosity of your Congregation for paying the s/.2500 and the s/.400 reduction by the supplier when they heard of your kindness and my family’s plight. I can have the surgery and return to being the principle breadwinner for my family. Bless you.
My name is Luis Bellodas Revero and I am twenty-six years old and a prisoner. I have been experiencing severe headaches the past few weeks and was brought under prison guard and shackles to La Caleta. Through divine providence your missionaries learned of my plight and were able to pay for the bran scan to diagnosis the cause of my headaches. You see as a prisoner SIS insurance would not pay the s/.300 cost for this test.
My name is Beatrice Vilela Carrasco. I am sixty-two and experiencing severe anemia. I came from the mountains with several of my children. La Caleta has given me a blood transfusion donated from one of my children. Unfortunately, it has not been successful in sufficiently raising my hemoglobin count to allow the surgeons to operate. Thank you for providing the s/.450 for a second blood transfusion to hopefully raise my count. Waiting in this emergency room with four other patients is very tiring and not helping me get better. A relative is making the trip to donate blood but they will not arrive for several days. They will come and donate the blood so that the money can be returned to you.
Note: upon our departure we are not certain if the blood donation happened. If it was, we asked the money be left with the LaCaleta social workers to use as they saw fit.
My name is Walter Perez Ignacio. I am 55 years old and have a sub-aracnoidea hemorragia (bleeding in the brain). My family’s resources are limited and SIS does not cover the cost of oxygen to aid my breathing. Bless you for paying the s/.1200 to clear my bill for oxygen.
My name is Andrea de la Cruz Acuna. I am 65 years old and have bronchial pneumonia. I am from San Isidro and did not have SIS insurance. The social workers have helped me file the paperwork to receive coverage and it starts today. Unfortuantely, SIS did not pay for the s/.1400 of oxygen I have used so far. Thank you so much for paying this as my income is very, very limited.
At the end of our Chimbote stay John Garver, Jeff Garver, James Hill, Keith Guercio, Ryan Good, Jim Schill, and David Llewellyn took a day to visit Father Jack Davis at his new church mission in Jimbe in the foothills of the Andes. Jimbe is a poor farming community with many needs. We left s/.4000 with Father Jack to use at his discretion for those in need. While there we delivered a bed and mattress to an elderly woman who had been sleeping on a plywood board and blanket.
We are truly blessed to belong to such a caring and generous Congregation. May God bless everyone who made these offerings.