I have been coming to Guatemala on this medical mission trip the past 6 or 7 years. At first I must admit it was scary – not having any lab or imaging devices to help with making diagnoses, but I now feel in my comfort zone here. Diagnoses are based on history and physical exams and as we put it in medicine we sometimes feel we “wing it.” But through the grace of God and our own years of experience I have to believe we are improving and giving quality to these beautiful people we serve. This has now become my comfort zone.
I sold my practice of 30 years in America three years ago. It changed in many ways very quickly and I will always struggle with the corporate mentality when it comes to caring for people especially at a primary care level where I believe we can make a great difference in people’s lives.
My own personal hope and dream is that we are able to establish a more permanent clinic for the people of Membrillal. I hope to be able to live three or four months out of the year and build an even deeper relationship with the people and continue to work with them in improving their physical, emotional, spiritual, and even economic circumstances. Hopefully my colleagues, who have also been providers here – and who I have the utmost respect for (Andre, Arleen, Bob, Dan, Heather, Laurie, Albita, and all the others who have served) will join me in more extended time serving these beautiful people.
I want to thank God for allowing me to be a part of this ministry. I was taught by my own father it is our place in life to help others. I hope in God’s eyes I have done an adequate job.