Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

As Faith In Practice volunteers, we are privileged to represent our communities, our professions, and our spiritual beliefs, both in Guatemala and at home. Each Faith In Practice volunteer is personally accountable for his/her actions and pledges to support the mission and goals of Faith In Practice and these guiding principles.

Sharing Our Faith Through Deeds

We share and demonstrate our faith in God through selfless deeds of service and caring for the needy.

Acceptance, Respect, Empathy

We value and hold important each individual with whom we work and express this through our acceptance, respect, and empathy for them.

Appreciation of Different Cultures

We strive to foster friendships and mutual understanding among those with whom we work, finding joy and fascination in our cultural differences, approaching each unfamiliar situation with an open and accepting frame of mind.

Support and Nurture Volunteers

We support and nurture our volunteers, recognizing it is only through their commitment to Faith In Practice that we are able to accomplish our mission.

Sharing Our Gifts and Talents

We believe in the principle, “To whom much is given, much is expected.”


We strive to extend every professional courtesy to fellow professionals in the countries we are serving, respecting their opinions, methods of treatment, and social mores.

Personal Integrity

We will conduct ourselves in a manner that is exemplary and beyond reproach at all times.

Professional Ethics

We will be professional, in every aspect, in the treatment of our patients.

Building Community

We value the friendships that are created and developed throughout our journey as Faith In Practice volunteers.