Pray, Fast, Give: Palm Sunday

As we celebrate Palm Sunday and begin Holy Week, we enter into Jesus’ suffering and death. We journey with him through his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and sit at the Last Supper with his disciples. We hear his agony in the Garden and witness his betrayal and crucifixion. We watch, as the women gather at the foot of his cross, and he breathes his last breath.

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A moment of reflection in Santa Cruz

The Oncological Surgery Team is on day four of its eight-day Mission Trip at the Cancer Institute of Eastern Bolivia in the city of Santa Cruz. On Sunday, we met with our partner physicians to finalize the five-day surgical schedule. On Monday, we completed the first three surgeries, including two laparoscopic hysterectomies for women with cervical cancer and an excision of multiple neurofibromas in a patient with Von Recklinghausen disease.

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Pray, Fast, Give: Fifth Week Sunday of Lent

This week, we encounter the familiar story of the woman caught in adultery. A large crowd has gathered in the temple to hear Jesus teach, when the Pharisees bring in the woman and challenge Jesus as to her fate. They tell him that the law says she must be stoned. Jesus doesn’t rise to the bait or contradict the law. Instead, he tells them that whoever is without sin should cast the first stone. As Jesus writes in the dirt, one by one, the accusers leave. Jesus then rises and speaks directly to the woman. He does not dispense punishment, but asks her to change her ways.

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The Way Becomes Clear

After a week of interviews with medical staff at the Santa Bárbara Hospital in Sucre, it became clear to the Solidarity Bridge mission team that this was the right place for a long-term partnership to advance neurosurgical care. The team was impressed with the scope of the need, but also with the professionalism and commitment of the Santa Bárbara nurses and physicians who serve an incredible volume of patients in spite of significant equipment and human resource limitations.

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Pray, Fast, Give: Fourth Sunday of Lent

This week, we encounter the familiar story of the Prodigal Son who experiences the abundant and unconditional love of his father. Jesus tells this story to illustrate the depth of God’s love for us. Wherever we are, God is ready to meet us and invite us into a deeper, more intimate relationship. Like the father in today’s Gospel, God doesn’t just wait for us to come, but runs out to meet us with welcoming arms and great joy. And, like the Prodigal Son, we can be changed and transformed by this love.

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Cambiamos juntos para mejorar: We change together to improve

The Solidarity Bridge team presented a proposal for a long-term, collaborative initiative with the Santa Bárbara Hospital focused on advancing neurosurgical care. Recognizing that the actual surgery procedure is just one part of the process, the proposed initiative would also seek to engage the many pre-, intra- and post-operative areas that are integral to the care of the neurosurgical patient.

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