OCMC- Archbishop Blesses Aguacate Clinic

OCMC- Archbishop Blesses Aguacate Clinic


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His Eminence Archbishop Athenagoras (photo) arrived in Aguacate, Guatemala on November 8th to bless the newly constructed Father Andres Giron medical/dental clinic. Guatemala struggles on a daily basis with healthcare issues. More than half of its population is below the poverty line and 16 percent are in extreme poverty.

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Father John Chakos of OCMC reports:

“In the village of Aguacate, I asked about this problem, and they showed me an abandoned one-room health post that sporadically offers injections, but no other services. Recently, I read an article in Prensa Libre, decrying the healthcare crisis in the public sector. Workers in a number of the national hospitals have not been paid in four months, and 10 basic medicines are not available to treat the people. Surgeries are either postponed or denied for lack of anesthesia. This has become a national scandal. This past August, for example, a 35 yr. old mother of seven from the village of Aguacate needed surgery for a large abdominal tumor. She waited patiently for a month and a half at a city hospital, at great expense to her family. She needed blood, and in such cases willing donors have to be found. Unfortunately, her blood type was rare, and so the village had to take up a collection to cover the cost. On the day of the surgery, the doctor informed her that there was no anesthesia. She would have to come back another day. This was too much for her to bear. She wanted to go home and die with her own people.”

This clinic was obviously greeted with such great joy by the Guatemalan people and it is a huge step in OCMC’s missionary efforts (view the full clinic article here). The Mayan Orthodox continue to grow and devote themselves to the faith!

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Dean Franck

Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.