15 Oct Dr. Klaus Freeland shares his experience during his latest mission trip to Honduras…
“The Honduras adventure began when I was walking through my church in Manhattan, Kansas and picked up a magazine called “On Call,” the World Medical Mission quarterly publication. In it, I saw an article on Dr. Rick Reichert (pictured in the orange shirt with me), a retired ophthalmologist from Florida who also happened to be an ironman triathlon competitor. Since I was a distance runner in college and ophthalmologist interested in medical missions, I looked him up online and found an email address. As it has been said, the rest is history.
The closest town is Balfate, Honduras in Colon Department. The hospital sits on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The closest town known to people who know Central America is La Ceiba, which is about a 1-hour drive.
I first got involved doing work like this when I was in high school. My youth pastor, Errol Morgan at the First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte took a group of us to inner-city Tampa, Florida one summer and to Mexico City the following summer with an organization called Youth With a Mission. During one of these trips, I spent a lot of time praying about what God would have me do with my life. The answer was clear in my heart that I should become a doctor and serve wherever He showed me a need. The enormous trek through medical training and my time in the Army was much more than I anticipated. My wife, Charlie, and our two sons Christian, 8 and Luke 6, were very excited to participate in this year’s trip.