Group from county takes part in annual Honduras mission

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Each January the Honduras Baptist Medical-Dental Mission sends a team of volunteers to Honduras to support the local communities there in their medical needs.This year that team included a strong presence from Clinton and Ozark Health.

Among the 36 team members who donated their time in service this year were Dr. Keith Coward, Brianna Pate, APN, and Debbie Tatum, LPN of Ozark Medical and Pediatric Clinic; Jamie Beavers, DDS; Pam Leal, RN, Jill Ward, RN, and Carolyn Pelzer, RN of Ozark Health Home Care; and Helen Dobbins, RN and Julia Binder of the Ozark Health Auxiliary.

They, along with other volunteers from Magnolia, Arkansas and Tyler, Texas, individually raised $1,700 each to pay for their trip and held fundraisers to pay for medical equipment and supplies to aid the people of Vera Cruz, Copan. Jenny Treece of Fairfield Bay Pharmacy donated over $7,000 in medicine for the relief effort.

The team, lead by Bob Leal and Pam Leal spent Jan. 11-18 setting up medical, dental, and optical clinics and saw 1,470 patients. The team also set aside time to hold church services and children’s’ church.

Before their return to the United States the Honduras Baptist Medical-Dental Mission team was able to carve out a small amount of time for theirselves, visiting the Mayan ruins in Copan.

Also part of the mission were: Billy Reece, Steve Stephens, Mike Lester, Nancy Green, Kathy Waycaster, Debra Lance, Carol Beavers, Karen Stephens, AC Richardson, Christy Lester, Emma Coward, Karen Guarchaj, Shawn Walsh, Taylor Love, Barry Love, John Tyer, TJ Pate, Mike Doran, Larry Lee, Doug Green, Don Dumas, Jo Ann Richardson, LaJoyce Doran, Nicole Walker, Melinda Love and Karen Mitchell.

Those interested in information about becoming a part of the mission should call Bob Leal at 745-1063.

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