Guatemala Mission Bound
For several years now I have gone to the Appalachian Mountains with a group from my church on an ASP project where we do repairs and construction on houses of those less fortunate. These folks could not otherwise afford to have these repairs done and live with leaking roofs, in dilapidated dwellings, with dangerous wiring, and some with inferior plumbing.
The feeling you get from this is a satisfaction that is hard to describe. You come back knowing you made a difference in one family’s life who will never forget what you and your team did for them.
Back during the Winter I got an email from Rodger Harrison who is President of Paramedics for Children about a mission trip to Guatemala. Paramedics for Children, solicits used ambulances to be donated and then taken to Honduras, El Salvador, or Guatemala.
They also run clinics for the children in these countries. The email I got was slightly different, it was asking for Instructors to go to Guatemala and train a group of their rescue folks. They were also looking for a used rescue truck to be donated and equipment to go on that truck. I emailed my interest in the trip, my resume and waited to see what would happen.
Several months later I was contacted by Woody Sullivan of Pender County EMS and Rescue. He was donating their used rescue truck and had become the mission team leader. After several conversations and emails he asked if I would serve as co-leader. I graciously accepted the position and my job was to put together the training program and outlines.
Woody would work on assembling the team and we would both work on getting equipment donated. I was also looking at securing several slots on the team from our rescue team. We had several conversations and then it was time to look at when we would go.
It was soon established that the time frame would be in late July or August, rather than in early June as once thought. This was going to put a major wrench in the trip for Woody, as school and work was going to be a problem. After much thought and deliberation, Woody came to the conclusion he would not be able to make this mission trip. With much regret he called me and asked if I would take over as team leader for the mission.