Day 7 - Antigua Day of R&R

Posted on: 05/10/2019

Author: Kimberly Hale

Guatemalan Mission Trip Friday 10 May 2019

Mother’s Day is observed today in Guatemala, Happy Mother’s Day to all! We are in Antigua for our last day for a little R&R and shopping. We have our final dinner at the Casa Santo Domingo in a beautiful old stone structure which used to be a monastery. We had good dinner, luscious dessert, & great conversation. Thank you to all the Doctors who treated all of us to dinner. It was greatly appreciated by all of the volunteers. A great way to end our week long mission.

When I mentioned previously that we have a great team of volunteers this trip with a variety of backgrounds in medicine, who are caring, and giving people. Dr. Warner Bruner and his wife Janet are two great examples. Both of them are veteran volunteers involved with Faith In Practice Medical Mission for several years. They reside in Baton Rouge, LA. They are members at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church. Ladies at their church design and sew Hugga Bears. Once a week the Hugga Bear group will meet at a members home. Where an assembly line process begins. Many ladies who do not sew cut out the patterns for the bears. While ladies who sew will stitch the bears together. Other ladies will stuff the bears with fiberfill. While another group of ladies draw the faces on the bears. The Hugga Bear Group has donated several Hugga bears to Dr. Warner & Mrs. Bruner to give to the children in the hospital on our mission trip. The children in pre-op pick out a bear to play with prior to surgery, and then to take home. The Hugga Bears make many children smile in appreciation to be given a bear and more importantly took away some of the fear and anxiety of surgery. Thank you to the Ladies in the Hugga Bear Group at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, and Dr. & Mrs. Warner Bruner for their huge gesture of kindness with the precious Hugga Bears.