Meet this summer’s short-termers that we sponsored.

When people are called to come to Loma de Luz for a short-term mission trip they receive a sponsor from within the LDL family of missionaries. These teams can range from specialized medical teams, teams from churches, or individuals (i.e. doctors, nurses, and teachers). This year we have been blessed to host a number of short-term missionaries. Interestingly all of those we sponsored this past summer had a connection with John and Penny Alden. This dear couple served at LDL for 8 years when, due to unforeseen circumstances, they had to move back to the States. Dave and I, but especially Dave, consider them very special friends and love and miss them dearly. It is our joy to take up where they left off with their special friends and family that have been coming to LDL over the years. Mike and Kathy Breckenridge have come to LDL for a number of years now. They are long time friends of the Aldens. This year we became their new sponsors as they serve here. Mike is a pharmacist who helps at least once a year in our pharmacy to cover for employee’s vacations amongst other things. His wife Kathy, a spunky Puerto Rican, is always busy in the local community, with the patients, with the counselors, and in the local churches. They were a great blessing to host and get to know! Mark Mansur came to serve here as an IT intern with Dave. Mark was raised in the church in Oklahoma City where the Aldens attended before coming to Honduras. Mark was here for 10 weeks and helped with many projects for the hospital as well as supported the missionary community with a lot of IT help. He was a wonderful blessing to Dave within the IT dept. and to our family as we got to know him; Most especially to Benny as Mark and he enjoyed talking about computers and their favorite computer game, Minecraft. We also hosted Richard and Amber Shields along with their kids and close friends as they passed through on a family mission trip/vacation. Amber is John Alden’s cousin and has come to serve short-term at LDL many years. This time they spent several work days reorganizing the ER and taking care of some much needed plumbing projects in two new buildings at the Children’s Center. During their time here a very sick baby came to the hospital, Amber being a NICU nurse, was able to serve in that capacity as well. Marinajo and Amber have become good friends and love having iced coffees together whenever she’s here. Amber will be returning to LDL in September, this time with her church group from Jacksonville, OR that has been coming annually for some time now. They will be doing a number of different projects but I believe that their focus will be on the much needed Central Supply preparation and organization. We’re looking forward to seeing the team again.