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Our bags are packed and we are ready to go.
Our public health team leaves tomorrow morning from the various Providence states. We will meet up in the Dallas airport – identifiable to one another only by our distinctive, red Medical Teams International t-shirts – happy to finally meet each other face-to-face and share our mutual excitement as we reach that first milestone of our journey, moving from preparation to the actual trip. For most of us, the preparation phase is a series of never-ending questions: who is on our team; where in Guatemala are we going; when will we go; what exactly will we be doing; what do we pack; what immunizations do we need; is it safe, etc.?
We are grateful to Providence for the support and commitment to easing our way during this preparation phase. Providence provides dialogue partners – those caregivers who went to Guatemala before us and commit to meeting with us one-on-one to answer questions and provide their personal insights. Meeting with them is one of the gifts we have received in preparation for our journey. We are grateful for their wisdom. Providence and Medical Teams International provide packets of information to help answer our questions about working in a country that faces many public health issues. We are grateful for the information and the security knowing they will be beside us throughout our visit.
Many Providence teams have gone before us and learned, loved and shared through this blog. We are grateful for their journeys and teaching. Providence Health International provides orientation sessions where we engage in homework assignments about Guatemala and its people. We are grateful for the opportunity to chat with our team leaders and sponsors about our learning, and have them dialogue with us about the possibilities of what we can learn about ourselves and own culture from this experience.
Our own Providence team members support us with their well wishes and coverage of our responsibilities while we are gone. We are grateful for their support and acknowledge we couldn’t do this without them. Through all the preparation tasks of making sure our passports are valid, our immunizations are current and the packets of paperwork make it through the maze of processing, we are grateful for the journey we are about to embark and look forward to our next phase.
Now it is time to board our planes and proceed with our adventure. We are blessed and grateful for the gifts we are about to receive.
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