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(Date Posted:07/18/2015 1:31 PM)
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Barb is in Guatemala doing surgery and mission work now.    Before she left she had me order a back pack for her from Amazon Prime so she could get it before she left for a family reunion a few weeks before she was to leave for Guatemala.   She had packed her existing one with surgical instruments and didn't want to have to unpack it and try to repack it.   When you see the picture, you will know WHY she didn't want to have to unpack and repack it!  

Here is her first missive to her friends and supporters ~~  

http://image.aimoo.com/ForumImages/fd8c396b-f126-4d0d-993c-dd9f1c74931b/150718_210757_99460591.pdf

That was followed by these.

July 10, 2015

Greetings from Houston,


         Thank you so much for your prayers.  I arrived early to the airport to deposit my check-in luggage.  Unfortunately one of the bags was 52.5 lbs despite weighing with a digital luggage scale and so the sorting began.  Things were at least a little bit easier because I took the luxury of getting a $5.00 cart an it was worth every penny.   I was able to pull out some surgical gloves, betadene swabs, and my sandals which made the bag 50.5 lbs.  As a result the luggage was thus checked in and the first issue was resolved.  This made my carry-on luggage even heavier because, of course, I was not going to leave my sandals and gloves behind!  So after stuffing them into my knapsack, I loaded the knapsack on my back weighing about 40 lbs, pulled my computer bag which weighed another 35 lbs, and in my other hand I had my Spanish notebook and surgery journal .  As luck would have it, the escalator was not working so down the steps I went lugging everything.  I did make it through security and thanks to Sheryl Funakoshi who was my faithful driver and great friend; I waved her on with my betadene swabs!  I had made her wait just in case I had any contraband in my check-in luggage that I would have to deposit in her hands to take back home and then go through security a second time.  I was thrilled to get through security and the second issue was resolved.  I had to laugh because by the time I arrived at my gate, I was dripping wet with perspiration.  I don’t know how those soldiers in combat lug those heavy knapsacks on their back day in and day out.  Anyway, after a brief rest, we were on our way to Houston.  I wish you could have seen me taking off my shoes and standing on my seat of the plane to put my knapsack that now felt like it weighed equivalent to a small elephant into the overhead bin! 

               So now I am sitting in the Houston airport with a 6 hour layover.  I really don’t mind because I think I need the rest!  On the bright side of things, I discovered a way to place my knapsack with the shoulder straps criss-crossed around the handle on top of my rolling computer bag.  The downside is that I noticed that my computer bag’s wheels are now bending outward!  I guess I make a better pack mule than my computer bag but it sure beats carrying the knapsack.  I can always get another cheap computer bag when I get home.  Saving my back is becoming a priority! 

               I will be turning off my phone service soon so I will not have texting service or phone service and it will be at least a day before I can connect to the internet.  Please continue to pray that I get through the biggest hurdle which is customs.  The good thing is that God can leap over the biggest hurdle that we can face so it is all in His hands.  Once in Guatemala City, I will be traveling to Cubulco the next day which is an all day affair.  Some have asked how long I will be in Guatemala and I guess I forgot to make mention that I will be coming back on August 22 so keep those prays coming. 

                                                                                                  Building muscles for Christ,

                                                                                                                                                      Barb

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Later on July 10th


It is 11 PM so I want just to quickly say that your prayers have worked.  I got through customs without much trouble. I  was stopped and my luggage searched but once they saw my Guatemalan license they let me pass.  All is well here and I am at the AMG house in Guatemala City that they acquired this year which is a delight because as you can see I have internet access for the first time since coming down for years.  Will send more information later but praise the Lord that He has been the great shepherd and He lead his sheep!  Good night.  Will write more later.  Thank you so much for your prayers.  Barb


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RE:The Missionary Surgeon in Guatemala ~~ 2015
(Date Posted:07/18/2015 9:05 PM)


Update on July 18th ~~






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RE:The Missionary Surgeon in Guatemala ~~ 2015
(Date Posted:07/28/2015 8:42 PM)




The Sue and Mary she mentions are our neighbors ~~ Sue who had the Christmas in July party and Mary who is the retired Minister's wife.   Barb can use medicines that are shown to be expired, but in fact are not.  She knows what she can use and what she can't.    Sue and Mary donated their 'used' pain meds.



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RE:The Missionary Surgeon in Guatemala ~~ 2015
(Date Posted:08/03/2015 7:38 AM)

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RE:The Missionary Surgeon in Guatemala ~~ 2015
(Date Posted:08/05/2015 7:56 PM)


Dorothy

Thanks so much for sharing with me.  Wish I had known about 

the old pain pills things, though I think it would be illegal to

 send them through the mail.  I have several bottles with

 morphine and other pain meds in my room.  But they are

 about 8 years old.  I know that drugs are good, long past there

 due dates.  God Bless Barb and others like her.   I am keeping

 them all in my prayers.

Hugs, Lou Ann
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RE:The Missionary Surgeon in Guatemala ~~ 2015
(Date Posted:08/12/2015 6:48 AM)

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RE:The Missionary Surgeon in Guatemala ~~ 2015
(Date Posted:08/13/2015 10:11 PM)


God is good and I will continue to pray for Barb and others that 

help out these people.  What a miracle she has done for Viktor.  

I cannot  believe that other Drs had screwed up and done nothing

 good for him.  Thank God for Barb.  She is amazing and such a

 positive wonderful person.  I pray that God continues to be with

her and aide her in all the good she does.

As always, thanks for sharing with me.

Hugs, Lou Ann
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RE:The Missionary Surgeon in Guatemala ~~ 2015
(Date Posted:08/26/2015 10:58 AM)



Final Update ~~ August 20, 2015




And from Yesterday ~~

Hi everyone,

I am finally getting around to emailing you all but as you can tell, I made it home without any problems.  It is always so good to get home and have running water that you can brush your teeth with and drink, toilets that you don't have to worry about putting the used toilet paper in the waste paper basket besides you, mosquitos that are not carrying Dengue Fever, and salads that I am not worried about soaking everything in Clorox before eating it!  God has really blessed us so much here in the States.

Thank you all for your prayers and emails.  It has been great to know that I have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding me and praying for me before the throne of His grace and mercy.

I have some meetings that I will be attending in September and October so that will keep me off the mission field and then sometime either in November or December, I will have my recertification board exams.  So I'll be giving you a break from my emails until sometime next year when the Lord reveils His plan for me.  Til then, God bless you.    Barb
-- 
Barbara K. Okamoto


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