A developmentally disabled angel on a medical clinic


Lighthouse Medical Missions | Guatemala

Michelle in front, and Dr. Bob behind. Her sisters Christy (left) and Andrea (right) with their mom, Dal (far right).

Michelle Villasenor for 17 years has packed the meds but never been able to go on a medical mission with Lighthouse. That’s because she’s developmentally delayed. Her academic level is 2nd grade and her language skills are low.

Her mom, Dal Basile, has been one of the biggest supporters of Dr. Bob Hamilton’s medical missions. She works as a vocational nurse on the clinics, most of which have gone to Africa. And she does something incredibly important: she painstakingly packs millions of pills, hygiene kits, dolls, and other gifts to be handed out free of charge at the clinics.

Taking her daughter, who could get lost or suffer a migraine, has been simply out of the question — until now.

The trip to my church in Guatemala is closer to Santa Monica. It’s not as intense as Africa.

So to the delight of the other 18 team members, Michelle is here. She’s smiling and teasing her friends. Her mom calls her an angel, and I agree. Tomorrow we open doors and take care of patients. I thank God that my little friend will be helping.

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10 responses to “A developmentally disabled angel on a medical clinic

  1. That’s wonderful! Lovely story!

  2. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Amen and Amen!

  3. WOW! I think that it is awesome that Michelle is there. What greater joy can one have than to be on mission with her!

  4. Bless your heart. I am excited for all of you. That angel brings a refreshing. Continue on the good work.

  5. So happy for Michelle. She will enjoy tomorrow and talk about it for days to come.

  6. EVERYONE truly has gifts from the Lord to share with others. Hurray for Michelle!! Giving all that she can of herself through the example of her selfless mother! May the Lord be praised forever!

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