My name is Dan and I’m Laura’s husband. I’m staying home keeping things going here. Every night Laura and I chat about the days events. The word Laura kept using tonight was, “amazing”. The World Access Project gave out 15 wheelchairs today in Puerto Vallarta and these were some of the recipients Laura helped… ~A boy with cerebral palsy who only has control of his right hand. They were able to fit him in a chair with all control on the right, just like it was made for him. ~A young man brought his little brother by putting him in a basket on his bike and riding 5 miles. ~A sweet 76 year old lady received a chair. In return, Laura received many kisses on the cheek. ~A little girl with cerebral palsy also got a chair; even though it wasn’t perfect for her they got the tools out and made it work. Even the ladies have been challenged to get with the tools and not let the guys have all the fun. Three guys, who previously got chairs in another area, took a overnight 12-hour bus ride to come and help. Laura is very thankful for your prayers; she knows that is the reason for her freedom from stomach, back and sleeping problems.
The World Access Project team joined worship at a local church in Puerto Vallarta. Laura enjoyed singing in Spanish. While she can speak a little Spanish, it helped that the words projected on the wall. I’m sure our high school Spanish teacher would be very proud. She says it was just like a worship service in the US with modern praise songs. As soon as she stepped into the church she knew God was there. The church provided headsets with an English translation of the sermon and served them lunch afterwards. Laura felt so honored the way they were treated.
There are 16 in the group. Laura knows several as she has done their travel arrangements. A few are from Mexico who may help with translation. They’ve split up into teams. Some learn to interview and help figure out the best assistive device for the user. They also have walkers, and crutches along with the 50 wheelchairs. They even have brought parts for repairs.
One member of the group has brought her husband wheelchair to giveaway. He husband passed away recently and is looking forward to meeting the recipient of his chair. I hope they are ready with tissues for the tears.
They start giving out wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and canes Monday.
While most people think of sun and fun when they hear about Puerto Vallarta, can you imagine being so poor you live in a dump? Now imagine, needing a wheelchair and not having one. To distribute 50 wheelchairs to the impoverished in the area this week, World Access Project is partnering with an organization called Children of the Dump. Many poor families live in the area around a huge dump outside the sunny streets of Puerto Vallarta. The poor had to live off scraps they found in the dump. The Children of the Dump organization runs a school and provides 600 meals a day. Their School of Champions teaches computer skills, math and English to those who have no resources to such training. Thanks to their work, and financial help from Canadians, Americans and Mexicans, there are no longer children living or working in the dump. However, due to the fear of H1N1 virus and the down turned economy, many have lost their tourism based jobs. Tourism is the major industry bringing in about 2.2 million a year. Please help World Access Project and Children of the Dump financially. You can even help the people by bringing your tourist dollars to Puerto Vallarta, and of course we can help you with that at All the World Travel. They do have 345 days of sun a year! Email us or call 360-266-8747. More on Laura’s mission trip to Puerto Vallarta coming up here, as well as tweets on Twitter. Support World Access Project here. Contact World Access Project here. Support Children of the Dump here. Contact Children of the Dump here. Contact All the World Travel here.
Being a travel agency for many mission groups is a real joy as we get to help others go. For several years we have done the travel for a group called Mobility Project. They take used wheelchairs, and other mobility aids, refurbish them. The group then takes them to third world countries and distribute them free to people that don’t have any. They also train them on the chairs use and maintenance and hold special sports camps. Many in the group are in wheelchairs themselves. For years, Laura has been invited along, but running a business makes it really hard to get away, especially when they go to places like Afghanistan. Yes, really! From Mobility Project, other groups have been born, like World Access Project. Laura is joining them on a mission to Puerto Vallarta. We would appreciate your prayers for her health and for the whole mission. If you would like to know more about what they do, or help out, their website is worldaccessproject.org.