Medical doctor, Brother Carlos Urquina, S.T., and his former classmate Dr. Alejandro Ojedo, recently returned from visiting the areas in and around our mission in Comayagüela, Honduras, where they ran a mobile medical clinic. This is the second initiative like this sponsored by our benefactors and run by these two men.
The first was in 2016 at our mission in Guamal, Colombia. During those two weeks, close to 200 poor and marginalized people received medical care. Since then, Brother Carlos began looking for opportunities to take his mobile medical clinic to other missions and found the perfect locale in our mission on the outskirts of Honduras’ capital, Tegucigalpa. Here, Br. Carlos and Dr. Ojedo brought medical treatment directly to people who normally would not have access to any kind of health care.
The top priority of this trip was not only to provide free health care but also to educate the people on preventative care in order to empower them to take control of their own health. At present, worldwide populations have marginalized sectors that do not have access to health services, which, because they do not have this right, are forced to suffer from their illnesses without receiving attention causing many to succumb to their treatable illnesses.
Each day, the doctors set up shop and went about the business of healing. They treated sick people of all ages, from the very young to the very old. People suffering from a variety of disease and illness — hypertension, diabetes, pneumonia, etc. Together they witnessed the beauty and harshness of this land as well as the kindness and hospitality of its people. This effort topped the last mobile clinic with the doctors attending close to 350 people!
This is a perfect example of turning talent into service while meeting the needs of God’s children in our everyday lives. Brother Carlos shares, “Only when you put yourself in the place of the patient do you realize the great need patients have of hope and consolation, which at times are more important than advanced medical procedures.” Because of our benefactors, Brother Carlos continues to share hope and promotes good health among those most in need.