I recently returned from my fifth mission trip with Emmaus Medical Missions, and it seems like each time I go, the trips become more rewarding. Working alongside some of the most well-known doctors in the world and seeing hundreds and thousands of Guatemalan citizens receive medical attention for the first time in their lives is such a refreshing notion. Besides for the medical work we do on the trip, staying in Misioneros Del Camino and interacting with the children is just- wow; it just doesn’t get any better than that. Mami Leo has done such a wonderful job raising the children as her own and showing them light when everyone else showed them darkness. It has been said, “Serving the world with love and cooperation, you will find your own true Self. As you help those in need, selfishness will fall away, and without even noticing, you will find your own fulfillment” (Amma). When you go on an Emmaus trip, provide medical attention to the kind-hearted people of Guatemala, and stay at Misioneros Del Camino, you will most certainly find your own fulfillment and will continue returning for years to come.
There are honestly no words to describe how enlightening this medical mission trip to Guatemala city was. I went there not knowing what to expect and what I got was truly indescribable. Over 500 patients were treated by literally some of the most renown doctors in the world and I feel lucky to have learned from all of them. Furthermore spending time with the kids at the orphanage that were abandoned and abused by their parents was truly the most heartwarming part. I truly recommend anyone who wants to be impacted like I did to attend one of these trips I promise you it will hit you hard!
What an experience, something that I will always be glad and proud that I was,
and will be part of. The medical field is not a part of my daily life, yet I know I contributed.
Also I need to emphasize, that a large group of men and woman of different
ages, including teenagers participated as one, without an exception to do the
best that we could. What a team! All doing our part for a really worthy cause.
Go with your wife, son or daughter, a friend or by yourself, but you must join us!
In the eyes of our Guatemalan patients, and in the eyes of the children we visit at Misioneros Del Camino, it doesn't matter who is a doctor, a nurse, a volunteer with no medical experience, or someone who doesn't even speak a word of Spanish. What matters to them is that there are people there who care enough about them to take the time and effort to be there and help improve their lives. If you have an open heart and you can provide a warm smile, a hand to hold, or even better, a loving hug, then you can make a difference with Emmaus Medical Mission. Because when we visit Guatemala, we are all doctors.
I have been blessed to be a part of the Misioneros del Camino mission trips since 2009. For the past five years, I have had the opportunity to medically treat the humble and poor people of Guatemala! These yearly missionary trips have been the most rewarding experience of my life. The amazing doctors, nurses and volunteers that participate have become part of my family and every mission is more and more gratifying. If you attend one mission, I guarantee you will be hooked and I promise your life will change forever.
Last year, I went on my first mission, because several of my family members had done it in the past and told me that I need to go as well. Not having any knowledge of medicine, I didn't think I could really help, but I decided to go anyways. What an experience! It is impossible to put the experience into words. Having the opportunity to work with so many amazing doctors, nurses, and volunteers was great. We treated hundreds of patients in just 3 days. We also spent hours playing with the children at the orphanage, and it is almost impossible to leave them when the weekend is over. The feeling of helping others is the best feeling in the world, and I have already gone back, and plan on attending each mission in the future!