In the early morning hours of April 9, 2016 I embarked on a medical mission trip to Guatemala. The St. Peter’s / St. Mark’s Episcopal Church based medical mission team consisted of 25 nurses, doctors, pharmacists and even a real estate agent! We hosted 7 medical clinics throughout remote mountain towns and villages of west central Guatemala. By the end of the week saw over 500 patients – a new record! Many of these patients are “return customers” who we see every year and are able to see the long term health benefit of regular medical care. Each patient receives a medical exam, eye exam, medications, vitamins, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and a new set of clothes and shoes. It is always a lot of fun to see children we recognize from years past wearing Razorback T-shirts!

The mission wouldn’t have been a success without the help and coordination of The Western Region of the Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala. Our relationship has grown stronger every year as the two churches are an inspiration for one another. I would absolutely recommend to anyone who is interested in mission trips to go and experience how helping others by sharing your time, talent, and treasures will change your life.


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