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[Page 3 of our Fall 2006 mission trip to Central America]

(12) [Sept 24th]  At last we reach the first of several 'objectives' of our journey - to visit and bring supplies to "the Jungle Medic", Bryan Buchanan.  With wife Riechelle, these two faithful servants have labored earnestly to establish a medical clinic and to provide medical care in native villages along the rivers and mountains of Guatemala.  Veteran missionaries, having served in Belize and the Bahamas, they are literally on-the-job 24/7 accomplishing wonderful things in the name of the Lord.  They, too, have had their share of 'hard times', however, but to see the miracle of their new home and clinic rising on the hilltop overlooking the Rio Dulce is certainly reason to give God the Glory!! (visit their website for more of their testimony, work, and heart stirring photos at

'Casa Buchanan' and the clinic

The attractive building designed by Riechelle includes a dormatory.

Kyle admires the orderly clinic, equipped for most emergencies.

Bryan with team of volunteers from a church in Maine, here to assist in clinic outreaches.

These guys worked hard all week and still had enough energy to help us carry supplies up the hill!

David & Bryan with cases of saline IV's brought aboard Faith, a life saving solution in a region of  flooding, hardship and disease.  We look forward to more visits and other opportunities to assist  this worthy ministry.  Bryan & Riechelle have proven themselves unselfish servants to God's Kingdom.

Lorin & Debbie gave a hand in serving the meal and we all enjoyed hearing Bryan's many miracle stories.

I was able to share with Bryan several disks of my sermons including the story of how we were shipwrecked on our first mission trip [email us about getting a copy].  What a joy to see Bryan & Riechelle after sixteen years.  We first met them as they arrived in Bimini, Bahamas aboard their own boat with their sons and our two families helped rescue a dozen Cubans stranded without food on a nearby deserted island.  How encouraging to see these missionaries 'still on the job'!

(13) [Sept 27th]  Bryan invited us to participate in a medical clinic to be conducted at a primitive village across the lake (about ten miles away).  We decided to sail ahead the night before since his launch would not hold all of us.  With very light winds we arrived near midnight. The waters were unexplainably rough so Faith rocked and rolled all night and none of us got much sleep.  We waited the morning for sign of their approach, and finally took the dinghy along the shore in hopes of finding the village they were to be at.

Without success we doubled back to a small resort called "Denny's Beach" and there learned that the seas had been too rough on Bryan's side of the lake and that they had to cancel after several attempts to cross.  So, we decided to enjoy our little break on shore and then sailed back across the lake later in the day.

The view from the beach with Faith at center and Bryan's hillside in the distance.

Finally, a chance for a real burger but, alas, they were out of beef!

David entertains the workers with 'Pinky' the puppet which we had brought for children during the clinic.

(14) [Sept 28th]  Kyle and Lorin, anxious to share the love of Jesus to the children of Guatemala, ventured off to the town park located beneath the tall bridge over the Rio Dulce.  There they brought joy to dozens of children and their parents with balloons, hand crafts, and games.  The smiles in these photos by Kyle show proof that they touched many hearts that day!!

[Click here to continue with us on page 4 as we assist in a medical clinic outreach, Kyle & Lorin visit the Casa Guatemala orphanage, and we go to the mountains bringing supplies to Myra]