Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Friends and Family,

I greet you from Guatemala and the Clinica Maxeña.  Life has been busy and challenging. Our census of patients remains high and also poverty and illness on the rise.  World economic crisis decreases the amount of money donated. WE ARE CALLED TO SERVE.

Last weekend we celebrated WORLD DAY OF HUNGER and FOOD. Great fun and a day of sharing together.  Another parish, Santa Chiquimula, Totonicopan, came with their Health team, Pastor, and organic garden products and Medicinal Medicines. We hope to continue to learn from one another through visits, and sharing information and experience in our respective projects.  Day ended with them with a Soccer game and they won!

We raffled a pig, our Onil Stove and Water Purificator. We shared organic food prepared by the workers. This included organic chicken stew, carrot and pineapple bread, organic black beans with organic corn tamales, and CHOJIN, a famous beef dish with delicious sauce, prepared by four male workers. We sold Medicinal Plants and Medicine from our Medicinal Plant Clinic.

The Event was held in front of our Parish Church as a Celebration by Pastoral Health of the Diocese of Suchitepequez/Retalhuleu. The Banner of World Day of Food and Hunger hung in front of the church.

Already our Brigade of Eye Surgeon are here and we are in the midst of Cataract Surgeries and Eye Consult. More on that in next blog. Continue to pray and support the work of the Clinica Maxeña.

Sheila McShane RN
Clinica Maxeña