Surgery Stempel Antigua

  Every year, one of the biggest highlights of the Stempel Surgery Team is the team of nursing students and high school students who join us in their journey of self-awareness, learning and growth. This year we were fortunate to have 2 senior nursing students from the University of Portland... Read More
Wednesday afternoon, while comforting our patient Elena as she was waking up from anesthesia, I noticed something unusual. An emotional Mary Stempel entered the room. Struggling to find the words, she shared that our trip has been canceled and that we needed to leave the country in the middle... Read More
Returning with Team Stempel’s surgery team year after year, one wonders how the patients are faring once we leave them behind to recover. Are they healing well? Are they able to get the rest they need? Have they been able to resume all daily activities? While we occasionally hear reports about... Read More
It is remarkable how much you can communicate with a smile. I can speak from experience. While triage day is full of quickly moving parts with little time for rest, it was a smile that stopped me in my tracks. A smile filled with gold and a beautiful “A” on one of her front teeth. Our patient... Read More
Today we met at 6:00am for a Team Meeting and wise words from John before we began our first day of surgery. He shared a verse from 1 Corinthians, 12:12, “The body is a unit, though it is comprised of many parts. And although its parts are many, they all form one body. So it is with Christ.”... Read More
FLEXIBILITY is the word of the week. How this rings true.  We begin our week in Antigua with a Blessing of the Hands ceremony prior to heading to Las Obras for Triage Day. It is a moment of reflection as we think about the work ahead of all of us. Our spiritual leader, John, will bless wooden... Read More