Guatemala is a beautiful country with an incredibly poor population of indigenous Mayan people. Each year a group from St. Peter’s takes part in a mission trip to the western region of Guatemala where many of the Mayan people live in mountain villages with little or no health care. Our mission team is composed of Episcopalians from around the Diocese, in particular from St. Peter’s and St. Mark’s in Little Rock, as well as service-minded people from the community of Conway. Working closely with the Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala and the Rev. Roberto Armas (priest and physician from Quetzaltenango), the team sets up temporary medical clinics in several mountain villages, delivering invaluable healthcare and medications to people who have sometimes walked miles to see a physician. In a typical week, we are able to provide health care for nearly 500 patients. On several occasions, we have been able to take surgical teams to perform minor sinus surgeries as well.
Planning for upcoming trips starts every year in August and September. If you are interested in more information, you are welcome to contact Marianne Black at email@example.com.
To support this trip, the Guatemala Medical Missions team at St. Peter’s organizes fundraisers throughout the year to raise funds for medication, medical devices, and other expenses. For more information, visit our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.