• Banker provides perspective on Honduras mission trip
By Linda Green

Dr. Carroll Hughes performs dental work on a villager while Wynelle Ruehle assists. Photo Courtesy of Tommy Phelps.

A Thomson banker who just returned from his seventh trip to Honduras is most grateful for the overall opportunities people have in this country and says that water is one thing that is taken for granted.
Tommy Phelps, manager of First Citizens Bank, was one of 11 from First Baptist Church participating in construction and medical mission to a poverty-stricken village in the country’s mountains.
“It only takes a few moments of being there to see how blessed we are in America,” he said. “It is the things that we take for granted like water, sanitation and everything that you can imagine,” he said. “But the one thing that we take for granted the most is clean water.”
Honduras, a republic of Central America, is one of the world’s poorest countries and the village of San Augustin Blanco is the poorest section of Honduras.
The team worked for four days in the village located in the country’s Olancho District, an hour’s ride from a mission facility called Rancho El Paraiso. They spent the days building seven latrines, making concrete floors for eight houses, providing dental work to the residents and helping provide veterinary services to the animals. They also added rooms to two houses and also distributed hygiene packs and vitamins.

To read more on this story, see the Wed., June 12, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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