Catalyst Project

Catalyst Project

Facilitating wheelchair services through faith-based hospitals in low-resource countries.

Map of South America with Colombia, Equador, Peru and Brazil circledIt’s interesting how God’s plans are so different than ours. We thought this year would mean travel and in person meetings. I thought that I was pretty much done with research and just finishing the last few papers for the research tools we had developed. Instead, this year I’m working from home, and research has gone in a new direction. At their request, I’ve been working with teams in Peru, Columbia and Ecuador to translate our research tools into Spanish. Not a simple task!! It meant to forward translations, a professional translator doing a back translation, consensus on a final translation and using it in the field. We’ve sent in four conference papers and i'm working with the teams on three research papers! Now I’ve just been approached by other researchers in Brazil that want to translate into Portuguese! All along my prayer has been that these research tools will improve the lives of people using wheelchairs by giving them and the therapists who care for them a voice. It looks like it’s happening. God seems to have a good sense of humour, smiling as our plans change and he works things for his glory.