St. John Vianney and St. Thomas More medical and lay professionals joined a team of missioners from across the U.S. to journey to El Salvador on a Helping Hands Medical Mission. SJV also provided financial support, supplies, and volunteers throughout the summer to package and inventory medications in preparation for the mission. On the ground in El Salvador, the team was also assisted by Helping Hands’ staff and Regnum Christi volunteers.
The Helping Hands Mission Team conducted clinics at the San Juan Pablo II Community Center, as well as the cities of San Julian, Santo Tomás and Ciudad Delgado.
Each day, they were greeted with long lines of grateful and hopeful individuals who ordinarily would have little or no access to health care and critical medications. Patients received exams, medications, eyeglasses, and referrals as appropriate, as well as opportunities for confession. Over 2500 individuals were served by the Mission Team. The surgical team performed 51 surgeries in total.
While practicing the Corporal Works of Mercy every day, the team also spent some time in personal spiritual reflection by participating in daily mass, morning and evening prayers, and confession. Please pray also for our Mission Team members who are returning on Sunday, Nov 11 from another Fall Service Mission to Eagle Pass, Texas.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” ~Matthew 25:40