Wednesday 2-27-19

Posted on: 02/28/2019

Author: Therese Kiernan

Edy Joshua Elsa

This morning we reviewed the story of Mary and Martha found in John 12:1-8.  

1"Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, the hometown of Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.  3Then Mary took about a pint of expensive perfume, anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. 4But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, asked, 5“Why wasn’t this perfume sold for 300 denarii and the money given to the poor?” 7“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “She was intended to keep this perfume to prepare for the day of My burial. 8The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me.”"

The poor enter our hearts, if we let them. We have the opportunity to make the most of this day. We are here to serve God and serve others.  Jesus is the perfect example.

Our gynecological surgeons shared that they enjoy working in close proximity to each other, which gives them the opportunity to step into the OR next door and help out as needed. One of their patients, Delia, was crying uncontrollably in the operating room. They thought she was in pain, but she said no, she was just so thankful, and felt bad that she was unable to pay anyone.

Little Celeste (12 months old) and Joshua (15 months old) returned today for their tendon release procedures by Drs. Anderson and Harris. Each surgery involved removing the previously placed casts and repairing the tendon to enable normal foot placement.

Dr. Peters operated on Edy, a young man whose middle finger is distended. He has not been able to bend it since he was a child. Imagine the look on his face when Dr. Peters asked him to gently bend it … and it did!    

We met Elsa, a 52-year-old woman who required a hysterectomy and bladder repair. Elsa was widowed 15 years ago and recently her son was murdered. He was working as a taxi driver, and a gang was extorting money from him. He paid once, but they demanded more.  He didn’t have the money, so they murdered him. His wife was pregnant with their second child. The daughter-in-law and two children live with her. Her other son’s wife is a drug addict, so Elsa is raising their three children (ages 6, 9, & 11).  Just taking time out for this surgery and the needed recovery is a huge burden for her, but thankfully she has a daughter and daughters-in-law to help her.

Our team performed 18 surgical procedures and 15 dental cleanings.



Lara Bonasera, MD – Dr. Bonasera is joining us for the second time, and has traveled from Chicago, IL, where she is the Director of Pediatric Anesthesia at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

John Schweers, MD – Dr. Schweers’ tenure of providing anesthesia to Faith In Practice patients spans 12 years.  He works at the Baylor Scott & White Frisco and Baylor Surgicare Hospitals.

Larry Stephens, CRNA, DNP – Larry has embarked on 14 mission trips with Faith In Practice. He is providing anesthesia for our OB/GYN patients.  At home he provides anesthesia services for private physicians.


Adriana Vasquez, NP – A pediatric nurse practitioner back home, Adriana joins our team for the first time.  She is assisting with pediatric patients and translating in the PACU.  She works for Rainbow Pediatrics in Garland.

Ruth Whiddon, NP – Ruth is a Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health at Centennial OB/GYN is Frisco. In addition to this first trip to Guatemala, she has served as a volunteer in missions in the Dominican Republic.


Leighann Guntherberg, NM – Leighann has traveled to Guatemala for the first time from Virginia. She is a Nurse Manager at the Riverside Hampton Surgery Center in Hampton, VA, where she manages surgery schedules and staffing. She stays busy with two boys, ages 10 and 11.

Stephanie Fassett, RN – Stephanie returns to our team after several years for her second mission trip.  Back in Texas, she is a Nurse Educator for labor and delivery and women’s health for Medical City Healthcare. 

Major Maria Forstner, RN – Major Forstner is serving our country with the U.S. Army at the18th Field Hospital at Ft. Story, VA.  She is also attending Nurse Practitioner School at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. This is her fifth trip with our team.

Felecia Green, NM - Felecia is a Nurse Manager at Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and works in the high-risk obstetrics unit.  She is on her first mission trip.

Heng Liu, RN – Heng works at Medical City Plano in the labor and delivery department.   This is her first year with our Faith In Practice team.

Tammie Whipple, RN – Tammie is a labor and delivery nurse who works at Medical City Plano. This is her fourth trip with our team, and she is serving as a circulating nurse.