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First Baptist Church, Pediatric Associates take trip up Amazon, provide medical care along the way

First Baptist Church, Pediatric Associates take trip up Amazon, provide medical care along the way

(Manaus, Brazil/Sheridan, Wyo.) — Once in a lifetime, if we are fortunate, we have the chance to break out of our every day existence and see the world for what it is — a beautiful place filled with heartbreak and humanity and suffering and hope and love. A group of 27 people from Sheridan, most affiliated with First Baptist Church and several with Northeast Wyoming Pediatric Associates, P.C. , took a 10-day ministry trip to Manaus, Brazil from late October to early November. They traveled up the Amazon River in a live-in river boat, providing medical, surgical and dental care; spiritual connection and giving away donations collected in Sheridan to people along the Amazon. [image: Inline image 1] *Home away from home: The boat the Sheridan travelers used during their ministry. h/t Trip member and NE Wyoming Pediatrics Associates nurse Brenda Bilodeau / Pitchengine Communities* "This kind of trip really is an eye-opener," Falk Alicke, Associate Pastor of Community Life and trip leader said, adding that his first ministry trip led him to his second career as a pastor — previously, he was an engineer. The one-on-one connection made when caring for someone's medical needs, and thus, getting to the heart of their human and spiritual needs, cannot be understated, Alicke said. On the trip providing medical care were Dr. Suzanne Oss and several members of her Sheridan-based staff. With the intention of always being culturally sensitive and keeping the locals at the heart of the trip, the group traveled with Brazilian members of the Presbyterian Church in Manaus, who owned the boat the Sheridan travelers used and paid to run upriver. A Brazilian doctor oversaw all medical care to make sure it was in keeping with Brazilian law, Alicke said. A village leader was moved to donate land in his village along the Amazon for a church after the Sheridan ministry's visit, and the travelers now hope to return to help build that church. Future First Baptist Church efforts in the area will be multifaceted: a trip similar to the medical one taken this year; church-building efforts; and efforts like on the most recent trip to promote women's health, VBS for children and doing on-the-ground work like painting and other short-term construction projects. The Manaus Presbyterian ministry does not take money from the villagers, nor do other ministries like those from Sheridan, Alicke said. In communities where the ministry has already been, the Manaus Presbyterian Church returns four times a year, and is continually growing to new communities along the Amazon. To hear more about the trip, or how you can help with future efforts, the experience will be shared during First Baptist Services on Sunday at 9:30 and 10:50 a.m. [image: Inline image 2] *h/t **Trip member and NE Wyoming Pediatrics Associates **Brenda Bilodeau / Pitchengine Communities* *h/t **Trip member and NE Wyoming Pediatrics Associates **Brenda Bilodeau / Pitchengine Communities* *h/t **Trip member and NE Wyoming Pediatrics Associates **Brenda Bilodeau / Pitchengine Communities* *h/t **Trip member and NE Wyoming Pediatrics Associates **Brenda Bilodeau / Pitchengine Communities* *h/t **Trip member and NE Wyoming Pediatrics Associates **Brenda Bilodeau / Pitchengine Communities* *h/t **Trip member and NE Wyoming Pediatrics Associates **Brenda Bilodeau / Pitchengine Communities* *h/t **Trip member and NE Wyoming Pediatrics Associates **Brenda Bilodeau / Pitchengine Communities* *h/t **Trip member and NE Wyoming Pediatrics Associates** Brenda Bilodeau / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 1] ​ *h/t **Trip member and NE Wyoming Pediatrics Associates **Brenda Bilodeau / Pitchengine Communities* *Feature photo Trip member and NE Wyoming Pediatrics Associates Brenda