Sunday was spent touring the Mayan city of Tikal with a few of the school children at SewHope. After a hot and sweaty hike through the jungle, hoping monkey caca wouldn't fall on our heads, and climbing nearly 200 steps, the jungle opened up as we approached the top of Temple IV. The site was breathtaking. And as the terrified kids pressed their bodies against the temple wall to avoid the edge, I just stood in wonder. This city flourished over a thousand years ago, and even after its abandonment, people have continued to gather at their temples from all around the world. The fame of the Mayan people will live on for many many many years to come.
As we are spending our last 24 hours in this beautiful country, I am left to wonder about the legacy of SewHope, and my own legacy as well. It is obvious the impact this clinic is making in the Peten region of Guatemala, but what will it look like in 10, 15, 20 years? Over this week I have heard the dreams of both the Guatemalan and American workers. They have so many wonderful, crazy and beautiful dreams for SewHope. While I say crazy, I don't mean crazy in the bad sense. To the outsider, it may seem impossible that the heartbreak of one young doctor was transformed into a permanent clinic. And a clinic that has performed over 6000 pap smears, treating numerous women for precancerous lesions and preventing death from cervical cancer! But here it is, nonetheless!
God has been doing amazing things in Guatemala. The future may not look exactly like our dreams today, but that is simply because we can only dream so big. Our dreams are only a fraction of what God has in store. I'll be leaving a piece of my heart behind here as we return to the United States. I don't think I will ever get it back, and that's okay. I guess that just means I'll just have to keep coming back.
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"" -Isaiah 6:8
Christian Carwell is a medical student at the University of Toledo. She has been with us at the clinic in Guatemala this past week, along with Dr. Anne, Dr. Gary, Dr. Kim, and three other medical students.