Category Archives: Ecuador

ANOTHER AMAZING MIRACLE

A few weeks ago Dr. Zambrano in Quito wrote a short note with pictures of a little 11 year old girl that was born deaf. Her father left the family because she was a special needs child. The mother decided to sell her house to pay for a $51,000 operation for the little girl to provide her with hearing. They inserted some thing into the brain and then ran wires to a hearing aide by her ears. Dr. Zambrano said that the wires and battery had gone bad and wanted to see if we could help. The pictures were very helpful in seeing what the operation was about.

A Dentist from Cedar City, Utah had called about doing an expedition with his family. Susan and I were headed for St. George. So I called the dentist and said we were in ST. George and could we meet. He said his complete family was in St. George and we could meet that evening.

I went to their condo and we discussed the various options on expeditions. Of course, Ecuador was part of the conversation. The mother explained to me that she was very busy in that in Cedar City she worked a lot with hearing impaired people. I then explained to her the story on the little girl in Ecuador. I tried to explain the wires coming out of the top of her head and then the battery pack, etc. She stopped me and said look at my 10 year old son. Yes, he had wires out of his head with a battery pack. You could have knocked me over with a feather. It was the same operation that the little girl had.

The mother offered to help Dr. Zambrano find the proper parts. She has offered to send down the parts her son had used before being replaced with new technology. I truly felt like I was to meet this lady and family to help this little girl in Ecuador. What a miracle it was to have her son with the same apparatus as the little girl.

I went to bed that night with a smile on my face.

Gordon Carter

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Container to Otavalo Ecuador

Recent container sent to Otavalo.  It is being distributed to those in need.  The complete container was donated by Charity Anywhere Foundation and the LDS Humanitarian Department.

Container donated by CAF and the LDS Humanitarian Department.  Senior Missionary Couple Brother and Sister Greer assist the mayor’s wife to distribute contents to the indigenous ladies in the mountains near Otavalo, Ecuador.

Gordon Carter

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WHEELCHAIR MIRACLE

March 23, 2014 – I am on an airplane from Bogota, Colombia to Houston, Texas.

WHEELCHAIR MIRACLE

I often visit the Deseret Industries in search of wheelchairs.  Many weeks ago I found a special needs wheelchair.  It had a headrest, body harness, side supports for the body and an eating tray.  It was small.  I immediately thought about some small child in Mexico or another country that could use it.

For years Charity Anywhere Foundation works with a Catholic priest who works with severally handicapped children.  He would for sure have a home for this wheelchair.  I bought the chair for Padre Jaime’s program in Tijuana, Mexico.

I recently had reason to fly to San Diego and then drive into Tijuana where Padre Jaime has his program.  Airlines will fly wheelchairs for free.  My ticket to fly down to San Diego was a standby ticket with United Airlines.  As I checked the wheelchair in, the airline clerk said the wheelchair was also on standby so if I didn’t make the flight the wheelchair would not make it also.  Sure enough, I didn’t make the flight on United but booked a ticket with Southwest.  The special needs chair did not make the flight.

When I arrived in Tijuana, I drove to Padre Jaime’s program to deliver other items I had for him.  I looked around the room and saw a few wheelchairs not being used.  Even a special needs chair.  I was so relieved.

Upon returning home from Mexico the special needs chair was at our warehouse waiting for a home.  Shortly after returning I was scheduled to fly to Ecuador on another expedition so I took the special needs chair with me on the airplane. Yes, for free.

Our first place in Ecuador where we setup our medical, dental and vision clinic was in a Christian Chapel.  Our U.S. volunteers had brought 8 wheelchairs.  We contacted the local evangelist of the church and showed him this special needs wheelchair and we felt he might know where it could be used.  Within one hour a family arrived carrying this 11 year old girl with serious handicap problems.  She was very small and fit well into the chair.  We adjusted the headrest, put the harness on, adjusted the footrests at the right height, put the tray table on so her arms could rest, and adjusted the body side supports.  A perfect fit.

She was thrilled.  The family rolled her around the chapel at ease.  They would no longer have to carry her.  She would now be more mobile.  What a thrill to all, that this special needs chair had found the right home.  God’s hand was involved.

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