A Visit To A Special Museum Honoring National Hero Bishop Samuel - As Lia Stated - He Is Like The Abraham Lincoln Of The Chiapas Region Of Mexico
Note: We took very few pictures in order to give the people we served privacy and respect. The few pictures we did take did not involve their consults with the doctors, which honored their request not to be photographed during that time.
As we come to an end of our trip and we are all starting to think bout transitioning back into our lives back home. I wanted to share a prayer Lia started the day with a couple of days ago. I believe it really sums up the internal struggle so many of us feel throughout a medical trip.
Dear Lord, as we go today to a world of bounty and comfort from a world of poverty, need and disease,
Help us to overcome the powerlessness to reconcile both worlds.
Help us to accept the fact that we cannot remedy all that seems wrong and unfair.
We cannot cure all.
Help us cure our own sadness and perhaps our own sense of guilt.
Help us instead to be filled with gratitude for what we have: health, wealth, education and the precious opportunity to serve.
But above all, give us the wisdom and the will to fill evey day of our lives with acts of gratitude.
Being able to go to Mexico has been a blessing for me. Spending this time working side by side with Melissa has been a special time. I have worked with Melissa and Dr. Peller for about 6 years but have rarely had the chance to work along side of them. Thanks to my family for keeping things together at home and allowing me to take this journey. It has been an amazing 12 days.
It is hard to believe that we are finished with our clinics. We worked for 6 full clinic days at 8 different communities and served 545 patients. From the start, Lia and I had a team that gelled and worked together for one single goal - to serve the people with both our hearts and hands.
Each community was ready for us. They set up a station for each provider. For the last clinic, we used a new house that they were just finishing. What a treat! The level of commitment and gratefulness was astounding.
A personal treasure for me was doing clinic with Lia. As my Spanish teacher she could have been critical of my Spanish skills. Instead she seemed genuinely happy with my progress. She was gentle with her corrections.
I am grateful to have this opportunity to serve and thank my family, friends and all who support our efforts to walk with those in need.
(A note from the Editor - Lia adds the following - Cathy is indeed, almost ready to fly solo with her interpreting! I am thrilled and so proud!)
February 14, 2015
Hearts overflowing with joy and welcoming smiles all around us is the easiest way to describe the setting last Friday evening at the home of the nuns in Coapilla when, after our first day of clinic, our team met Don Layo to give him the gift of a lifetime: a new prosthetic arm.
Almost 3 years ago, MDP started working on a project to obtain Don Layos prosthetic arm. Thanks to the collaboration of MDP Board members and volunteers, and a very specially thanks to the kind donation of Prosthetic Laboratories of Mankato, we have witnessed the culmination of a project that has filled us all with tremendous joy, pride and humbleness at the same time.
Don Layo, a 49 year old widower and father of a 5 year old and 3 year old little girls, and a painter by trade lost his left arm while working as an electrician in Cancun, 15 years ago.
After numerous emails, calls, an arm mold that travelled from Chiapas to Minnesota last February and a prosthesis prototype that travelled from Minnesota to Chiapas and back last October, we were finally able to deliver the finished arm to Don Layo. This life changing gift is a tangible proof that generosity and good will do indeed reach across countries and cultures if we only allow God to do the work through us. We remain forever grateful for the experience.
PS -A note from Helen. Without Lia, this would not have happened. Lia is too humble to say this, but since I am the editor I can tell this. She was the spark plug and fearless advocate for Don Layos who worked tirelessly on this special project.
I have fallen in love with the Chiapas people. They are gracious, generous and gentle people. They are so grateful for the medical care they received from us. Yet I am amazed by their patience and love for each other. These women carry their precious children on their backs while they work. Sometimes the older girls are carrying and caring for the younger sibling.
Playing with the children during our breaks has been a highlight. Three or four days we have been able to play soccer with the children during lunch. What a joy!
- Kathy Woodley
It never ceases to amaze me how the MPD groups always come together but each is different from the previous. I have been on several trips and they all are unique. I think God loves unique! We have laughed much and shed a few tears but have been encouraged by the smiles of our patients. It has been a blessing to be here with my sister Kathy. We got to room together and have had more time together than in years. The clinics have been different (unique) but the appreciation of the patients is the same. Thank you to my family for allowing me this wonderful experience. We will be home soon.Love to all and good luck to John Benson in Dancing with the Stars!!!!!!
Cathy Davis, M.D. and Co-leader