May 10, 2018
This morning the team woke up to Mother’s Day in Guatemala. We headed back to San Christóbal Acasaguastlán for a second and final day of clinic. The crowds were waiting when we arrived but the process moved quickly and patients began making their way to the clinics.
Below is a special story told by team member Angelica Suarez-Marine. Feliz Dia de las Madres!
“I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to join Faith In Practice for the first time on this incredible mission trip to Guatemala. There are not enough words to express the love, blessings, hugs, kisses, and tears that I received (and shed) from the local community. My heart is so happy to know that with the little interaction I had with them, I gave them a smile, hope in humanity, but most importantly a sense of value. As a woman, mother and a nurse – I have been totally humbled during this trip and it has given me a much more solid foundation as a human being. However, the highlight of my day today was Simeona (Dona Moncha) Marroquin – a 92-year-old grandmother of the community who takes care of them by making tortillas at no cost. She has been making tortillas all of her life but her aching knees were keeping her from providing for her community. She was given a knee injection by Dr. Roy Springer, and given a wheelchair by the mobility team. When we were done she politely asked if there was any way she could get a walker so that she could use it to stand up and make tortillas for the community. I loved her and when I found out she could get one and told her she hugged me, blessed me and the team, and thanked us for such a wonderful mission. She said “Thank you for remembering us poor people and may God continue to bless each and every one of you.” What more could I ask for? And of course my eyes watered and I realized that my own personal mission had been accomplished. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. I am forever a changed woman, mother, and nurse!”