Sep 30

Salud y Paz, Upcoming Surgical Mission Team

salud y pazOn SUNDAY October 5th (and the following week) Salud y Paz will be hosting a surgical mission team with a plastic surgeon and a general surgeon. We are looking for patients who meet the following criteria:


**Patients must be at least 15 years old**

  • Hernias
  • Non-complicated masses (lipoma, cyst, superficial mass/tumor)
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Breast biopsy/lumpectomy
  • Mastectomies
  • Biopsy


If you know someone who may qualify for a pre-surgical consult please send the following patient information to Katie Slagle, R.N. at  At this address you may also send questions about additional cases (with photos if helpful).


  • patient name
  • community
  • age/gender
  • patient phone number
  • suspected diagnosis or surgical need
  • DPI


Below is important information that every patient should be aware of before arriving at the clinic:


  • Surgeries take place at Salud y Paz clinic in Camanchaj (5 min. north of Los Encuentros – Km 131.5)
  • We ask for a Q50 donation from each surgical patient.
  • Patients should arrive at the clinic by 8 AM in order to insure they receive a pre-surgical consult.
  • Patients MUST bring a photocopy of their DPI.
  • Patients need to be signed-up on our surgical patient list to receive a consult.  Unfortunately, if they are not on the patient list we cannot guarantee a consult.
  • There is a free place for the patient and one family member to stay should it be necessary.
  • There is financial help for those patients in need.


Lastly, if you would like to be added to our Surgery Alert Distribution Contact List, please send name, organization name, and e-mail address to Katie Slagle at We look forward to collaborating and working with you to serve the people of Guatemala.


***Project Salud y Paz is a US based non-profit organization serving the SW highlands of Guatemala in the departments of Quiche, Quetzaltenango, and Suchitepequéz. In conjunction with the National Evangelical Primitive Methodist Church of Guatemala and the United Methodist Church of the US, we offer health, healing, and education to rural Guatemala through long-standing clinics, a staff of 30+ Guatemalans, individual long-term volunteers, and some 30 volunteer teams/year which provide surgical, medical, and dental care including construction projects. The main clinic is located in a community called Camanchaj where we also operate a preschool and primary school.


Katie Slagle, R.N., B.S.N.

Surgery and Community Health Coordinator

Proyecto Salud y Paz (Project Health & Peace), Guatemala

Cell: 4640-2861, Work: 4771-4175, 4849-0884

Sep 30

Fatherheart Weekend Coming To Guatemala!

Fatherheart Weekend Coming To Guatemala!

Welcome, Missionaries, Pastors, Teachers, and anyone wanting a fresh touch from God . . .

Come and discover the supernatural freedom that is available to sons and daughters and experience the Father’s love.

Unearth your true identity and experience the power of love that removes hindrances to intimacy with God and others.


Fatherheart Weekend led by:

Buck & Anna Eaton, Pastors, Catch The Fire Houston –

Dennis & Phyllis Scheminske, Missionaries in Guatemala for 5 years,

Catch The Fire Houston Ministry Team

You won’t want to miss this time of refreshing and impartation!



Thursday, Nov. 13  (9a – 6p)

Friday, Nov. 14   (9a – 6p)

Saturday, Nov. 15   (8a – 11a)



Hotel El Mirador

2 Calle 3 – 51 Zona 1

Santa Lucia Milpas Altas

Sacatepequez, Guatemala

502-7756 -0483

(limited parking)

(Hotel is easy to find –A detailed map will be sent upon registration)


$25/Q190 person for entire seminar or $10/day (includes coffee breaks)



Limited number of hotel rooms are available for approximately:

ROOMS: Q250/double, Q375/triple, Q475/quadruple (Q125/per person per night-includes IVA)

Please contact Hotel El Mirador directly to make reservations at




Available at the hotel for Q80.

Please notify the front desk if you plan to have lunch at the hotel.

Lunch needs to be pre-ordered/paid for on first day of the seminar so hotel can purchase and prepare the correct amount of food for Thursday & Friday.

The hotel offers gluten-free and vegetarian meals.

Other options for lunch nearby include McDonalds, San Martin, Cafetalito and Pollo Campero.




For questions, please contact:

Phyllis Scheminske at

303-952-0140 – SKYPE – USA Telephone

720-459-0747 – Phyllis – USA Cell Phone

Sep 18

Independence Day: Guatemala

Jamie Waller, President of the CadaNino Foundation which hires Christina nannies to care for children in ABI, the government home for the severely physically and neurologically disabled, participated in the “running of the torch” a Guatemalan Independence Day tradition. He, along with residents and staff from ABI, made the run from the center by the Guatemalan Airport to Obelisco in Zona 14. It was a fun filled experience which both he and the children truly enjoyed.

Sep 17

Distribution of Story of Jesus comic books in Jutipia

By Russ McDowell

My name is Rev. Russ McDowell. I am an accountant full time in Richmond Virginia. I am also a missionary to Guatemala thru my church, West End Assembly of God. I work with Timothy Martiny in Guatemala City some on my visits to Guatemala. This year I will be in Guatemala for four times totaling 56 days. In May of 2014, I went and worked with Tim in the orphanages in Guatemala City. Then I went to El Progreso in the department of Jutiapa.

While in El Progreso, I hired two young men to translate for me. They are cousins. One attends the church I work from in El Progreso and the other attends another evangelical church in the town. After working my two weeks teaching English in two middle schools and one church run elementary school, I had them prepare and present the comic “The Story of Jesus”, in Spanish from David C Cook publishers. At this point I had given my testimony to most of the classes. And since I had been doing this for seven years, many students knew me well. Each class had 25 to 35 students. All seven of the middle school classes were presented the comic and the sixth and fifth grade in the elementary school were presented too by the two Christian men. (My Spanish is not sufficient to do a great job. I could muddle thru but was best to have them present the material.)

I was able to use teachers in the presentation also. I was surprised that the students wanted to return the comics upon completion but I told them they could have the comics to keep. They were happy. During the second week, the middle school students were presented with a copy of the New Testament, New International Version.

I will be returning to these students next week for two more weeks. There were no conversions on this trip, sadly. There are evangelical churches in the area but very few and they are small churches. Most students were behind in school and were approximately 14 to 16 years old. Even a few student up to 18 years old that heard the gospel. The areas are predominately catholic.

I want to give special thanks to the Phillis Foundation and to Peggy Tuttle for taking the time and energies to prepare these comics.

Thank you and may God bless you and your work for His glory.


Sep 16

Rand Paul Mission Trip to Guatemala

Fairfax, Virginia (PRWEB) August 14, 2014rand paul

Five organizations have partnered for a five-year effort to bring high-quality eye care and vision-saving eye surgery to one of Guatemala’s neediest communities in the Baja Verapaz region—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation (ASCRS Foundation), the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center, The Hope Alliance, Alcon and Lions Club International. The effort will kick off with an initial, nine-day mission, which includes ophthalmologist and U.S. Senator Rand Paul, MD (R-KY), from August 14-23, 2014.

“One of the ASCRS Foundation’s primary goals is to help end preventable blindness around the world, as well as here in the United States,” said David F. Chang, MD, chair of the ASCRS Foundation International Committee. “This important mission to Guatemala and the support that Sen. Paul is providing will, hopefully, help us achieve this goal while raising awareness of the profound need for high-quality eye care worldwide.”

Sen. Paul will be one of seven on-site surgeons working to provide pre-/post-operative and refractive eye exams, diagnose vision problems and illnesses and perform cataract and other surgeries. The group plans plan to perform 200 cataract surgeries through the Hospital de Ojos-Club de Leones in Salama, Guatemala. Salama is a remote town of 40,000 residents, located approximately 89 miles northwest of the capital city. It is part of a large region served by only two ophthalmologists. The mission formed after Sen. Paul reached out to the ASCRS Foundation seeking a “strong international outreach program that he could accompany on a medical mission”.

“We are pleased to be joined by Sen. Paul in our efforts to provide humanitarian care in Guatemala,” said Randall J. Olson, M.D., CEO of the John A. Moran Eye Center and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. “His participation is bringing attention to the huge problem of global blindness and the work we are doing to eradicate it.”

The ASCRS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, which works to support physician education and to provide humanitarian cataract surgery in the United States and the developing world. Through its programs and partnerships, the foundation works to maximize the benefits of modern ophthalmology and to treat thousands of needy patients, each year.

The John A. Moran Eye Center, part of University of Utah Health Care, is the premiere center for ophthalmology in the Intermountain West and is the largest eye care facility between California and Michigan. With collaborators from around the world, research advancements at the center provide new diagnoses, novel treatments, and creative new procedures designed to cure blinding eye diseases. Moran specialists cover every field of vision care including conditions like age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, cornea, and external eye diseases. The Moran Eye Center offers the latest advances in LASIK and refractive surgery as well as a full range of optometry services, including contact lenses and eyeglasses.

The Hope Alliance is a humanitarian organization that empowers impoverished people to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of their families and their communities. The Hope Alliance’s programs are helping thousands of people in developing countries break the devastating cycle of poverty. Since beginning operation in 1999, The Hope Alliance has accomplished many valuable projects. Some projects include remote medical clinics, schools, libraries, clean water wells, and micro credit, all of which have lasting value to the communities served; however, these community development projects have been in the past, secondary to medical outreach.

Alcon develops and manufactures innovative medicines and devices to serve the full life cycle of eye care needs. They offer the broadest spectrum of surgical, pharmaceutical and vision care products to treat many eye diseases and conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, retinal diseases, dry eye, eye infection and eye inflammation, ocular allergies, refractive errors, and other ocular health issues.

Lions Club International’s mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

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