Our Hearts are Call To Service for the People of Chiapas....
In the early morning hours October 27, the MDP Chiapas October 2016 team of 10 left their families, friends and co-workers to embark on a journey of love and service. We come from the cities of St. Paul, St. Cloud, Madelia, St. Peter, Mankato, Easton, Winnebago and Blue Earth. Some of us seasoned MDP volunteers, some volunteering for the first time.
Meet the Team: Jacob Clements- pharmacy assistant, Sara Murry-pharmacy assistant and nursing; Shannon Schneider and Katie Krinke- nursing; Julie Pace NP (provider); Dr. Aaron Johnson-provider; Thalia Taylor and Lauren Stevermer- interpreters; Nancy Linder NP (provider) and Lia Price (interpreter)- Team Leaders are Nancy & Lia..
After uneventful travels from Minneapolis to Tuxla, Mexico, the team was greeted at the airport in Tuxla by church volunteers who drove us and our many suitcases of supplies to the Retreat Center in Tuxla where we were greeted by the staff, served dinner, and settled into our rooms for the night.
Lia and Nancy
October 28, 2016
Ready for clinics and Eager to Serve....
Our morning began with the warm sunshine of Chiapas, a hearty breakfast and the gathering and organizing of the medications needed for our clinics. Our driver Vicente, who has been our trusted driver for many years, greeted us with his usual big smile and hugs of welcome. He will be with us for the next 10 days, driving our team and supplies from clinic to clinic.
We drove to the area around Comitan where we will spend the next several days holding clinics in some of the most remote areas of southern Chiapas, Mexico very near the border of Guatemala. We held clinic for a few hours this afternoon in a community called "Tiera Blanca". This is the first time we have held clinic here.
We thank all of our families, friends and donors of MDP for their love, support and prayers. Please know we hold each of you in our daily prayers.
"May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be....." from St. Theresa's Prayer.
I know we are EXACTLY where we are meant to be....