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.
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:
Meister Eckhart wrote, "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."
On this Thanksgiving day, here are just a few of the many prayers of thanks from the Solidarity Bridge community. To each and every one of you who make this mission of healing and empowering possible, thank you!
Casting Open the Doors of the Heart: Lessons Learned in a Jubilee Year of Mercy is a five-part blog series written by Mary McCann Sanchez, Senior Director of Programs. Part five grapples with mystery and knowing that life is more than a puzzle.