Happy Labor Day Weekend, everyone! Hope it's relaxing and wonderful.Jordan Johnson and 8 other students from the University of Kentucky recently traveled to FIMRC sites in Trujillo and Agallpampa, Peru and we are fortunate to have an account of his trip right here. Thanks for sharing, Jordan!
Words cannot begin to describe my experience in Peru. For me, it was completely life altering and has served as one of the most important opportunities in my life. Everything about my experience was EXACTLY what I wanted from medical mission trip. It was amazing to have a group of students that had never really meet to come together for a week and become best friends, forever closely bonded by this one mission trip! I can not say enough how much this program, mission, and opportunity has impacted my life!
The needs of of the people are so evident when even flying into the country. Becoming involved with the community, you see first hand how much love and compassion can build relationships and help other people. The people of Trujillo/Agallpampa were always friendly and grateful for the mission work we were doing. Whether it was teaching a remote farming village the basics of a nutritional diet or bringing a first aid kit to a town nestled deep in the valleys of the Andes Mountains, the people of this country were always so gracious to have us and welcomed us into their homes with open arms!
Even with the amazing moments like these and the multiple shadowing opportunities within the Belen hospital, there were also times that challenged you as a person and moments that took your breath away. The children of the "New Jerusalem" community provided that moment that completely put things in perspective in my life. It is amazing how much of a universal language emotions can be! A simple smile, a little wave, a big hug, a high five, just displaying the action of love made all the difference in these kid's day! Not to mention the amazing power of stickers and crayons!! By the time they understand you are there to help them, to play with them, to care for them, and to show them that others (even across the world) love them, you must say goodbye. You can tell how much of an impact you have when saying "adios". I remember, the little girl that I played "cabalos" with and how she would not let me go as I tried to place her back down on the ground. As tears began to well up walking back to the van, I realized so much in seeing how those kids lived their everyday lives.
As I mentioned, I can not even being to describe how much this mission trip has meant to me and my life. Daily, I draw from things that I learned from my mission trip to Peru. How I should treat people, how thankful I should be everyday, and how much a small action can make all of the difference in the world. To simply put it, this medical mission trip was for me, "a journey of a lifetime!"