I am very proud to have been part the April 2011 “People For Haiti” medical mission team. It was a diverse group of multicultural professionals.
I was also thoroughly impressed with the translators. Their work ethic and demeanor was inspiring. They showed up for work early… Stayed as late as they were needed… And always had a smile and a good attitude.
It wasn’t until one day after a clinic, we were on our way back to the orphanage and pulled over on the side of the road. A translator jumped out of the truck… I watched him walk through the busy crowd of people until he disappeared into the shadows of what looked like condemned buildings and trash… He was on his way home. It was then that I realized that at the end of the day the translators weren’t going home to some five star resort… Get rested up and forget about the day we had.
You’d never know it but they had their own problems and concerns about how they were going to survive and provide for their families in between mission visits.
But they showed up for work and treated the patients with compassion and made our mission team feel welcome and appreciated.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Mike, Bonnie and Austin for putting up with me and taking care of me at the orphanage.
The medical mission only lasted five days… But I am very grateful for the experience and friends I made that will last a lifetime.