Faith in Practice
Life Changing Medical Mission
Faith In Practice is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization that
seeks to improve the physical, spiritual, and economic conditions of the poor in
Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical and dental mission trips and
health-related educational programs.
Mark Hoeplinger examining a Guatemalan patient. Dr. Hoeplinger sees
patients with ENT issues, but on each mission there are pediatricians,
internists, primary doctors, obstetricians and other specialists.
Hoeplinger's wife Christine in her makeshift dental clinic rendering care
Buffalo-area ENT resident Dr. Aaron Hilton examining and treating a
patient in Guatemala.
Guatemalan woman who has severe neurosensory deafness at the moment when
the hearing aid was switched on, the first moment in her life she had
hearing. Notice at the amazement on her face.
Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity
Chiapas Medical Mission
The Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity Medical Mission
serves the needs of the indigenous people in Chiapas, near the town of Palenque,
including the 125 villages in the parish.
There are nine indigenous groups with distinct languages within the state of
Chiapas where most live far outside the mainstream of Mexican society. Access to
health care for the indigenous people is obstructed by their language, their
lack of money, distance from medical services and their mistrust of
institutional health care. The need for medical assistant is great.
A volunteer team of medical professionals and translators visit for a week each
February or March, and November. They see patients at the Sisters’ dispensary in
Palenque or travel to the local villages to provide medical and dental care.
Anywhere from 450 to 750 patients are treated during these visits. Common health
problems include parasites, infections, untreated wounds, and difficulties
related to excessive physical labor and poor nutrition.
If you are interested in learning more about the Chiapas Medical Mission, please
contact Sr. Nancy Zelma, Medical Mission Coordinator, email@example.com,
716-754-4311 ext. 9777#, or visit the Sisters website