Guatemala Prosthetic Clinic

In 2006, God opened a door of opportunity for Brent, from our Raleigh office, to provide a free, weeklong prosthetic clinic at Hospital Shalom in San Benito, Guatemala.  With donated limbs, components and materials, he pieced together 12 prosthetic limbs, which offered new life and opportunities for his first set of patients in this region.  Over the years, a lot of improvements have been made including the development of a fully equipped lab, adding a professional technician to the team (Frank Hodges) and changing over to the use of new (not used) components.   Brent, with the help of many others including Paul Sugg, the owner of EastPoint, has offered seven clinics since 2006 and over 150 patients have been given a new opportunity for an active life.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 NLT

Even more exciting news is that Hospital Shalom, and specifically the area used for the prosthetic ministry, has expanded.  This year, the hospital acquired an additional nearby compound, which means there are new and larger areas for the prosthetic clinic, including a private patient room, a gait (walking) area, a separate patient check-in/waiting space, an expanded lab for fabrication AND much needed storage space! During the next clinic there are also plans to equip the gait area with stairs, ramps and parallel bars.  They are so excited about these changes and Brent, Frank, their wives and a team of helpers are eagerly awaiting their next trip early this November, 2014.  As patient numbers have increased, they have become aware of even more needs and have organized a variety of fundraising efforts to cover the costs.  If you are interested in partnering with them on this journey, below are several options you can choose from to help.  

Tax-deductible financial donations can be made through  Please select the Hospital Shalom section. As you go through the donation process, be sure to click on the link to “Make A Special Note” and designate the money towards the PROSTHETICS PROGRAM – If you prefer to write a check: Make it payable to New Covenant World Missions (memo – Prosthetics at Hospital Shalom) and mail to: New Covenant World Missions  P.O. Box 35968  Canton, OH 44735

A Flapjack Fundraiser is being held in Raleigh on Saturday, Sept. 27th from 7:00am – 10:00am at Applebee’s (7831 Target Circle Raleigh, NC 27616).  Tickets are $8/per person and must be purchased in ADVANCE.  Please contact Meredith Wright for tickets or more information: (919)610-2364

“A Piece of Our Heart” is a jigsaw puzzle campaign.  They would like to have your help completing a Guatemala jigsaw puzzle.  Each piece is $10 and they will write your name on the back.  Once the puzzle is finished, it will be framed and displayed to remember those who have come alongside to help.  Contact Meredith Wright for donations or more information (919) 610-2364

Financial Donations will be used to cover:

– Spanish coloring books and crayons for pediatric patients and other children such as siblings who visit the clinic.  Each book also shares the message of Jesus’ love.

–  Shoes for patients; Most patients come in with no shoes (in a wheelchair) or with only one very worn out shoe on their non-amputated leg.  We need to provide a set of shoes in order for them to use their new prosthetic leg(s).

–  Travel expenses

–  Purchase of materials such as plastic, plaster of paris, casting tape, etc.

–  Purchase of materials for gait area: stairs, parallel bars, and ramps

–  The purchase of miscellaneous parts and components such as pylons, feet, knees etc.


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Helpful Tips for New Amputees

For someone who has recently lost a limb, this unexpected new road is often paved with confusion, frustration, and fear. Likely, it’s a journey you never anticipated; a challenge that seems almost insurmountable. Yet somehow, from deep inside, the courage begins to rise, your resolve strengthens, and eventually you realize this can become a new beginning; a chance to prove to yourself your own strength. As your determination grows, you become encouraged, little by little, that once again life will again be full of opportunities. You CAN enjoy an active life. You will continue to face challenges, but you will also continue to find solutions and strength.

One of the most important things to remember as you embark on the road ahead is that you are not alone. While your immediate friends and family may not fully comprehend the wide array of emotions you feel, there is a great network of amputees that do understand. Two excellent amputee support groups in the greater Raleigh area are:

TAG – Triangle Amputee Group
They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30pm at Café 3
Stedman Building
Duke Center for Living Campus
3475 Erwin Rd., Durham, NC 27705
You can find out more on their website:

WakeMed Amputee Support Group
They meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month from
4 to 5:00pm
WakeMed Raleigh Campus Rehab Conference Rm # 2
Rehabilitation Hospital
3000 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610
For information, call 919-350-8903

We also encourage you to read the tips in this article from The National Amputee Foundation. It offers such fantastic suggestions for managing the practical, day-to-day challenges you face. Please take the time to read it if you can.

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Shooting Star!

McKenna Dahl is literally a “shooting” star, rising to the top as a competitive rifle shooter with hopes of competing in the 2016 U.S. Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. At birth McKenna was diagnosed with Amyoplasia Arthrogryposis, a condition involving impaired fetal muscle development, which results in joint contractures (stiffness) that limit movement. At age 12, McKenna first discovered her love for shooting while at a summer camp and now, at 18 years old, she is already a member of the USA Shooting Team and has medaled in numerous competitions and events. You can follow McKenna on her road to the 2016 Paralympics at

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Inspirational quotes: Nov. 4 – Nov. 8, 2013

Did you miss any of our recent inspirational quotes? Whether you did or are just looking for an extra dose of motivation, check out the five quotes we loved the week of Nov. 4!

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle 

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Video of the week: Amputee teens form bond via Skype

The internet can be a daunting place, especially for teens, but in one instance, it brought two young women from different continents together over a shared unique trait: They were both born without left arms.

For eight years, Sarah and Paige have kept in touch and shared each other’s experiences online after their mothers met through the International Child Amputee Network.

Although their hometowns are in Indiana and New Zealand, they quickly became best friends and were awarded recently the opportunity to meet in-person for the first time.

Watch their story below:

What do you think of this story? Let us know!

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Inspirational quotes: Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2013

Did you miss any of our recent inspirational quotes? Whether you did or are just looking for an extra dose of motivation, check out the five quotes we loved the week of Oct. 28!

Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

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Inspirational quotes: Oct. 7 – Oct. 11, 2013

Did you miss any of our recent inspirational quotes? Whether you did or are just looking for an extra dose of motivation, check out the five quotes we loved the week of Oct. 7!

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

“Every day is an opportunity to change things for the better.” – Michael Pivec

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

“Remove failure as an option and your chances for success become infinitely better.” – Joan Lunden

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