Lisa Austin, SSM Hospice Branch Manager, and Julie Wilson, SSM Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, have just returned from their 2nd medical mission trip to Haiti, to serve the poorest country in the western hemisphere, in an area that has little to no available medical care. A team of 3 physicians, 3 nurses, and 7 volunteers traveled by air, truck and foot to set up a clinic in the local church building. In a country with 80% unemployment, little running water or electricity, poverty is unspeakably prevalent. Bringing medications, dressing supplies, and surgical equipment with them, the team served 520 patients and performed 17 surgeries in 3 full days of clinic.
Ask either nurse why they returned again this year and they will both tell you, it’s the people. Wilson remarked, “The Haitian people are gracious, beautiful, thankful, and in need. In serving them, we get to live our mission, which is to take the love of God into all of the world. Every team member would be in complete agreement about one truth: the Haitians teach us more about life and faith than we teach them. They are forever in our hearts.”
To learn more about New Life for Haiti’s medical mission trips, please visit the organization’s website at
www.newlifeforhaiti.org. More physicians and nurses are needed for future mission trips. If you have any interest, please contact Julie Wilson or Lisa Austin at (618) 899-1621 for more information.