Father and Son Travel to Honduras for Mission Trip
Hudson Yarborough and his father, Ben, joined Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International (BMDMI) for a humanitarian and spiritual mission trip this summer. With the help of doctors, nurses, veterinarians, optometrists, pharmacists and dentists they changed the lives of many families living in the small village of Maguelar in Honduras.
They first became interested when a family friend, who is a pharmacist, shared his experience as a missionary for the past five years. His words were powerful as he stated this trip would change the way the Yarborough family sees their life in America, among other things. He went on to speak highly of BMDMI’s team leader, Dr. Bill Fesler, who has been a missionary for 25 years.
Ben and Hudson originally planned to travel to Nicaragua before the troubled country’s U.S. Embassy was closed due in part to political unrest. While civil war in Nicaragua made conditions in the area much too dangerous, a massive amount of medical supplies had already been shipped and delivered. When BMDMI rescheduled the mission trip’s location to Honduras, Ben’s wife, Lori, stepped in to bring the community together for a cause—donating supplies.
After speaking with their team leader, Lori put a plan into action. With only one week remaining before her husband and son left for Honduras, she quickly made contact with Hudson’s cross country coach, as well as the booster club, athletes and their families to help collect items. They soon received an outpouring of support as the community delivered washcloths, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, notebooks, pencils, snacks, sticker packages and combs. Local dentists and an orthodontist donated over 600 toothbrushes and 200 tubes of toothpaste. With the cross country team’s help, they packed close to 1,000 health kits, 18 soccer balls, Frisbees and t-shirts. Over 300 pounds of supplies were ultimately sent to help men, women and children living in poverty.
Soon after arriving in Honduras, Ben and Hudson’s team began the six-hour drive from Honduras to the village of Maguelar. “People were lining the streets when we got to the village. It was a pretty humbling experience to get there and set everything up,” said Ben. “Doctors can only handle so many patients at a time, so they gave out 700 cards each day. After devotionals, we would have breakfast, then be in our positions by 7:30 a.m.”
While Ben worked in the gift shop handing out important supplies and food, Hudson spent time helping at different stations throughout the village. Hudson explained, “In optometry, a machine was held up to people’s eyes to read their cornea. A computer database with hundreds of glasses would pull up a pair of glasses that would best fit them. It was really cool. If they put glasses on and had never really seen before, they’d look around and be in awe.”
Hudson also spent time at the vet and watched ranchers as they worked to help the community’s livestock. “They did deworming, vaccinations and vitamins. Ranchers would lasso and wrangle them down to the ground, then inject it. Once that was done, they talked to each family and gave them Bibles, and also shared Jesus Christ with them,” he explained. “We were able to give them something to help better their lives. These people have nothing and they are so thankful for these things.”
BMDMI’s Honduras mission trip provided healthcare to 1,745 patients. One minor surgery was performed and 8,233 prescriptions were filled. Dentists cared for 120 patients, extracting a total of 191 teeth. Optometrists screened over 500 patients, filling prescriptions for 293 reading glasses and 54 prescription glasses. As summer ends and Hudson heads back to Plano East Senior High this week, the memories he and his father made helping the less fortunate will last a lifetime. There are many ways to help locally and around the world. To be a part of a short or long-term mission, visit bmdmi.org.