Saturday, March 9, 2013

Manu Park medical mission trip

I hope all of you are well. Rainy season is in full circle and the lizards just keep getting bigger. Eva is now 9 months old and she is crawling. I can't believe how fast the time goes.

I would like to share with you guys about our recent trip up into Manu Park. Manu Park is one of the largest national parks in the world, and is highly protected for it's rich biodiversity. The villages that we go to in Manu Park are Tayacome, Yomibato, Cacoahuatal, and Maizal. We spend the majority of our time in Tayacome and Yomibato since they are much larger. Eber and Eliana are from Yomibato(see last post). It takes four full days of travel in canoe to get to Yomibato from Puerto Maldonado.
Pastor Octavio with the villagers in Tayacome. He has a big heart for these people

One of the nights when it rained a lot in Tayacome, our boat got taken with the current. We woke up, and the boat was gone. It was a bit scary to be in the middle of the jungle without a boat. Fortunately a villager in Tayacome let us borrow his boat to go down river. We finally found it several miles downriver, and the only thing that was damaged was a little bit of the roof. God was definitely looking out for us. After that we were able to make it back to camp, load up, and make it to our destination(Yomibato) by 3:30.

A sweet Machiguenga couple in Yomibato
In Yomibato we saw a young man named Marco Antonio who was very ill with lesions all over his body. He was very scared and shaking. Octavio and I were able to pray with him while the doctors saw him. We found out that he had been diagnosed with Pemphigus Foliaceus which is a rare tropical skin disease. It is treatable, and we are in the process of bringing Marco Antonio out of the Park for treatment. It will be an opportunity for us to share with him as he recovers. Please pray for his journey. It is a long way in canoe and he is very ill. Please be praying for his safe arrival as well as his recovery. Please pray for the people of Yomibato and that God will be glorified through all of this. We expect him sometime next week.

Translating for Dr. Ginger in Yomibato
The government has declared Manu Park as a protected park, including not only the wildlife, but also the people inside and their culture. This means they do not use money, and they still hunt and fish for their livelihood. Although it sounds good, it creates some problems. We are only allowed to enter the park with an objective to help the community, but we are not allowed to evangelize, teach farming skills, or anything that might infringe on their culture. In many ways, it is an injustice to the people. This could change soon. The health department is doing a nutritional analysis of the people's diet in the park. If it proves that they are lacking, it may bring more opportunities to serve the people in teaching them to farm or helping them with more sanitary practices. Thankfully, a non-profit organization called Casa de los Ninos Indigenous recently put in running water for Tayacome and Yomibato, so that has made life a lot better for them.



Hanging out with John Politano (middle) in Yomibato


Here is an article that tells some of the history of Manu Park.
http://www.academia.edu/225440/Trouble_in_Paradise_Indigenous_populations_anthropological_policies_and_biodiversity_conservation_in_Manu_National_Park_Peru
Bear in mind that this is written from an anthropological perspective and not a Christian perspective.

We continue to work with Eber and Eliana. We have come close to reaching our goal in support for them.

Reuben making a roof
Making clothes in Tayacome
Yomibato
Running water in the village that you can drink from:)
Installed by Casa de los Ninos








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