"Grandfather, Sacred one, Teach us love, compassion, and honor. That we may heal the earth and heal each other." ~Ojibway Prayer
As I walked into the Obras Hospital this morning, I was greeted by Guatemalan faces filled with hope and fear. A mere, "Buenos Dias", brings ear-to-ear smiles connecting us all as we begin the first day of surgeries. I am struck, as a newcomer to the FAITH IN PRACTICE mission, by the simplicity and importance of these connections. In a world bombarded with social media and cell phones, it is easy to forget what looking into one another's eyes, smiling and conversing in any way possible can do to our hearts and minds. Perhaps a smile will ease a patient's fear of the unknown, or let them know they are loved and in good care. Certainly the smiles I have received will be carried with me forever.
"I am not what you see. I am what time and effort and interaction slowly unveil." ~Richelle E. Goodrich
The time and effort that goes into this first day of surgery and dental care is monumental. The FAITH IN PRACTICE Guatemalan staff work tirelessly to organize procedures and processes to create a seamless entry for all traveling teams. Our own fearless leader, Jim Stempel, spends all year gathering his team, donations, medical supplies and puts in endless hours of organization to allow us to hit the ground running upon arrival in Antigua. Today, all this hard work will come together as we begin the healing process as one.
"All healing is first a healing of the heart." ~ Carl Townsend