My job for the KSB Medical Mission was very straightforward. Bring back the same nine people that left the KSB parking lot on April 14th.
To tie a bow around the trip, I would like to focus on three themes.
The Peruvian People
Pride, Dignity, Humor, Patience. These are a few of the words that come to mind when I think of the people our team served. The children are beautiful, and very happy. The people are kind and grateful. Even though our team’s inability to speak Spanish hampered communication, it was clear that the people were pleased to have us in their community. It was an honor to serve them.
One of the many takeaways from the week for me is the pride I have in our team. Our physicians care deeply about their patients. I heard their concern about not being able to do “enough.” Our nurses and social worker and pharmacist expressed additional ideas about how to do things differently “next time” (more on that later). We all understood the tremendous experience we were going through together. It was hard work, and it was taken on with humor and passion for those we served. It was an honor to serve with them.
I tell our KSB Family that miracles happen every day at KSB Hospital. Just like they occur at hospitals around the world on a regular basis. We get the chance to ease people’s pain, calm their fears, go with them through unthinkable tragedy, and celebrate with them as family members are brought into the world. I just cannot imagine doing anything else. It is an honor to serve our community, even when, for one week, that community is 4,000 miles away in the Peruvian Andes.
Would you or your organization like to hear more about the KSB Medical Mission? We have compiled a 20-minute presentation to bring to you. Contact me to arrange for two or more of the team members to talk about our week.
Our dream is the KSB Medical Mission become an annual event. Plans are now being formed for a trip in the Spring of 2019. Look for details over the next few months.
Thanks for following along, and thank you for supporting the 2018 KSB Medical Mission.