Saturday, July 25, 2015

Medial Brigade

This week we hosted a small medical brigade with Dr. Diane, Dr. Greg who brought along an ultrasound, Dr. Wade - a dentist, a number of nurses, a dental assistant, and a lot of other willing hands.  The week brought some interesting things.  A number of twins were diagnosed via the ultrasound (57 ultrasounds done in total), 82 patients saw Dr. Wade (should have gotten a total number of teeth pulled!), and lots of general patients were seen as well.  We touched 766 lives during this week.  On top of the patients we saw, this was a tough week on the team.  It was extremely hot, and heat exhaustion was a serious problem we were encountering almost every day.  Many of the remaining visiting team was out doing construction, and hanging out with kids. 

In addition to the team here this week, our sweet daughter, Madison, returned from her 5 1/2 week Germany trip.  She received 9 college units, learned a lot, and had a lot of fun as well.  We are so glad to be back as a family, at least for a little while.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Medical Brigade makes the news

It was pretty the local news came out to the medical brigade and interviewed our own Doctor Roger who gave an overview of the ministry that was being provided this week.  I'll do a follow-up recap of this weeks medical brigade at the end of the week.

#45TVinforma -- Una brigada médica llega a La Ceiba, gracias a La Iglesia Misión para el Mundo, se lleva acabo en el sector la colonia El Edén, con un aproximado de 20 o más médicos norteamericanos, nos comenta el Doctor Roger!! Más detalles en el Diario del Mediodía y Radio el Patio en estos instantes...
Posted by 45TV El Canal de Los Ceibeños on Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Monday, June 29, 2015

Medical overview

Ever wonder what it looks like to go on a medical mission trip somewhere in the world?  Having done more than 500 mobile medical clinics, established a permanent clinic in a third world country, and worked in disaster situations, I've seen a is a video to give you an idea of what it looks like to be involved in medical ministry.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Medical team and construction

This week I had the privilege of working with two docs from Westminster Presbyterian Church of South Carolina, and my friend Denise who currently lives in Florida.  We had a full week of medical clinics, from a mobile clinic in an outlying village, and finished up in the permanent clinic in Armenia Bonito.  The rest of the team did a full week of construction, spent some time with the Peter Project (our street kids ministry), and taught English class at our Hig School.  

Overall we saw 159 general consult patients, and 50 additional children were treated for parasites and given children's vitamins.  We saw a variety of patients with a multiple variety of illnesses. 

This is an interesting place, mentally, for me.  As our job roles have changed, my position is going to look very different.  Medical brigades and the clinic have been so much a part of my life over the last 7 years,  In that time frame, I have easily had over 16,000 patients come through my mobile clinic and permanent clinic.  I am excited to see what this next chapter is going to look like.  I know that there will always be a medical/mercy ministry component to what I is just part of my genetic make-up.

Mobile medical clinic in barrio El Trejo

Running an EKG on one of our patients

Sweet little 95 year old patient we saw in clinic

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Growing things

I have always loved growing things.  In The States we always had a huge garden.  Finding things to grow well here has actually been quite challenging.  Because of the extreme heat and tons of rain that floods things out, I struggle with making things grow the way I am used to.  About six months  before we left to go back to The States this furlough, I purchased a papaya from a local fruit stand.  Now, I am not a huge papaya fan, but I know the nutritional value of them so use them a lot in fresh smoothies.  So I took the seeds out of the papaya, and threw a bunch of them in a pot with some soil.  Well...they took off.  By e time we returned from furlough the trees had started fruiting!  However, not so sure I will actually be able to enjoy the fruit of my labor so as some local fruit bats have found out about my tasty papayas.  All in all, it is the growing of things I love, so that's okay :-)

Here is e planted tree right before we left

The trees after we returned

And some fruit that the bats are enjoying...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Readjusting to life in Honduras

Well, we have returned, and started things off with a bang.  Two days after our return we started a leadership assessment of the men on the team.  Folks from Mission to the World have come down to be a part of this process.  It is a great way of looking at strengths and weakness in areas of leadership and is designed to give some insight into each couple evaluated.  We have not only been evaluated, but are part of the assessment team.  During the same time we are trying to get our house in order.  We have literally been going non-stop since our return, and have not even managed to unpack, we are still living out of suitcases.  Gratefully food is provided during this week as our stove and oven are not functioning, and we are not home to be able to have a repair person come evaluate it to be fixed, or if it is even fixable.

Life here has continued on as expected.  New businesses have opened, many have closed. My he clinic has been running well, and continued mobile clinics in numerous communities have continued as well.  We are going to take the next few weeks to get our house in order, spend time together as a family and just live before we start evaluating what our role here is going to be.  Summer teams are right around the corner, so there is that as well.  We have numerous international trips planned including a trip to Africa to do some information exchange.  They have a great seminary program up and running and we want to learn from them, and we have done much in terms of medical/mercy ministry and they are looking at starting something and want to learn from us.

So that's us in a different than usual, the Pettengill's running 100 miles an hour, but that is how we roll :-)

Sunday, April 26, 2015


The intent of this cruise was to relax, sleep in, and have zero agenda.  In typical Pettengill style, our days have been jam packed since we have been on furlough.  An awesome church, Faith, in South Carolina, provided us all the funds we needed to go on this cruise.  So we did it "right."  We got a mini-suite with a balcony and relaxed.  Here are some pics of our trip... 

our suite...

Leaving LA Port
USS Iowa
Room service
Puerta Vallarta
Cabo San Lucas
We did a lot of this...

And this...
And this...
We enjoyed each other's company

And even caught a few episodes of The Love Boat that played endlessly on the TV...

Threw some bread to the seagulls as they flew by

We slept in late every day, and even enjoyed some "Movies Under the Stars" each night.
All in all our goal was accomplished.  We were unplugged for the week, I read three books, watched lots of movies, gained some weight, and just relaxed.  Thank you to the incredible people of Faith who took a HUGE extra step to make this happen!!!  We appreciate it I think more than you even know!