Day 8 - Antigua - 2-28-20

Posted on: 02/29/2020

Author: Therese Casterline Kiernan

Because Thursday was our last day of surgery, the only responsibility for the physicians was conducting morning rounds to check on patients who were still at the Obras Hospital.  Most patients return home within 1-2 days; others may stay longer at Casa de Fe.   Those requiring further care will be attended to by the Obras staff or the following week’s Faith In Practice team.

The rest of the team had the day off to shop and pack for their flights. Many people went to a restaurant for breakfast that overlooked Antigua.  In the afternoon, we were invited to visit the Casa de los Angeles orphanage. Dr. Peters is on the board of the orphanage, and together with wife Nan, they are very involved with providing for the children there.  Prior to this particular trip, they collected dozens of pairs of new shoes for the children.  There are two nuns (who are also sisters), who have been providing wonderful care for these children, many of whom are disabled, for a number of years.   It is a joy to spend time at the orphanage and interact with the children.

REFLECTIONS FROM THE WEEK

Our team completed 28 orthopedic and 34 gynecological surgeries and approximately 69 dental cleanings!    It is incredible that a group of 37 people, many of them strangers and/or new to the team, can come together and in one week accomplish so much.   Whether a doctor, nurse, tech, pharmacist, dental hygienist, interpreter, administrative person, cook, pastor, photojournalist … each person plays an integral part in accomplishing the goal of changing someone's life and hopefully giving them a better future.

I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 12:4:  “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” 

Together, combining each of our talents and gifts, we served God through serving others.   That is the Church!

Again, it was an immense privilege to serve beside each of you, and, as team members have expressed, together find joy, peace and restoration.

Therese Casterline Kiernan

Gill Team 654 Photojournalist