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Adventist Health mission team extends healing ministry to Honduras

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  • Members of the Adventist Midwest Health 2013 mission trip team are spending Jan. 20-27 in Honduras.

      Members of the Adventist Midwest Health 2013 mission trip team are spending Jan. 20-27 in Honduras.
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By Christ LaFortune
Adventist Midwest Health

More than 30 people representing the four hospitals of Adventist Midwest Health traveled to Honduras to provide medical care and assistance to hosts Hospital Adventista Valle de Angeles this week.

The hospital representatives from Adventist Bolingbrook, Adventist GlenOaks, Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial hospitals are spending Jan. 20-27 in Honduras.

While there, the team is providing medication, medical and dental treatment and donated items to the residents living near the Honduran hospital.

Established in 1974, Hospital Adventista Valle de Angeles (Valley of the Angels Hospital) is a 30-bed facility in the town of Valle de Angeles, about an hour from Honduras' capital city, Tegucigalpa. The hospital has been one of the Global Partners of Adventist Health International since 2005.

Adventist Midwest Health takes part in an annual mission trip. Since 2006, hospital representatives have traveled to places such as Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana and Honduras, providing assistance to people in need.

"These mission trips provide much needed help to people and allow us to extend the healing ministry of Christ internationally," said John Rapp, vice president of ministries and mission for Adventist Midwest Health. "None of that would be possible without the dedication and commitment of the people who volunteer to take this trip every year."

Adventist Midwest Health public relations regional director Julie Busch is chronicling the group's trip to Honduras online through a daily blog for family, friends and co-workers. Visit to learn about of the team's work.

Among those on the mission trip are:

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital: Shawn Blakeley of Chicago, Sharon Bowers of Woodridge, Julie Busch of Yorkville, Tracy Daly, Mary Jo Dellaria of Burr Ridge, Erika Kendal of Schaumburg, Dr. Gary Lipinski, John Rapp, Dr. Sahil Sharma, Susan Tyrolt of Lyons, Dr. Gregory Wallin of Westmont, Dr. Lanny Wilson of Hinsdale.

Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital: Dr. Luming Feng of La Grange, Jennifer Hadraba, Dr. Daniel Hunter-Smith, Dr. Holly Longstreet of Chicago.

Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital: Geoffrey Brooks of Oswego, Rodolfo Cortes of Lemont, Cynthia Hagner of Plainfield, Jennifer Orde of Woodridge, Amanda Orrantia, Dr. Charles Paik.

Adventist GlenOaks Hospital: Heidie Fuentes, Emily Goulding of Chicago, Jill Ibrahim of Lisle, Dr. Theodore Suchy.

Community members: Dietitian Ivys Ramirez Lugo of Naperville, student Madeline Lyons, Bloomingdale firefighter Thomas Manion of Mt. Prospect, pharmacist Richard Nahlik of Hinsdale, physical therapist Frank Puc of Downers Grove, psychiatrist Dr. William Puga, nurse Margaret Wallach.

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