Through the interconnected work of the dozens of individuals and several institutions involved in this 1-week mission trip, we managed to provide almost 50 surgeries!
In addition to our activities that support high-complexity surgeries we fervently strive to bring about inner healing and transformation to all who participate in this mission.
A reflection from our GSMT team on that moment in time that marks a before and an after. When something deep is about to shift. Transform. Grow in a new direction.
Ten years after our first General Surgery Mission Trip, our 12th team returns to Cochabamba to expand training in highly complex cancer surgeries and minimally-invasive general surgery cases.
We invite you to use this prayer as a way of uniting with our wider Solidarity Bridge community throughout Lent.
In some countries in Latin America, each day in the month of January is carefully scrutinized to predict the weather for the rest of the year. The practice of using the first days of the year to plan life-giving agricultural activities is known as the cabanuelas. Our first mission trip this year was filled with a broad array of organizational and medical activities. If the cabanuelas hold true for the work of Solidarity Bridge, the year 2017 promises to be a year of teaching, healing, equipping and deepening our spiritual practice and celebration.
On the Feast of the Epiphany, we share a reflection on the Journey of the Magi, and the five elements of a mission experience.
Our 2016 Pacemaker Program Trip brought U.S. missioner Dr. Joseph Wu, an electrophysiologist (specialist in heart rhythm diseases) from UCLA Medical Center, to Santa Cruz to work alongside Bolivian partners at the San Juan de Dios Hospital. The trip was part of the process of integrating St. Jude Medical, a new corporate donor, into our Pacemaker Program. Implants were limited to morning hours, so Dr. Wu and I spent afternoons accompanying our local social worker, Carmen Salses, on home visits to meet our patients and their families. Here are just a few of their stories: