Dear friends, family, supporters/volunteers,
I hope this finds you in good health. I, founder and CEO of Chima Medical Missions Int’l , CMMI , non-profit organization ( www.chimamedicalmissions.com), just returned from a very well organized multi specialty medical missions to Guatemala in association with the North American Taiwanese Medical Association (NATMA). As part of the surgical team, we performed 53 cases in 3 days at the national hospital in Amatitlan (laparoscopic & open cholecystostomies, incisional/ventral hernias repair with mesh, ingiunal/femoral hernias repair with mesh, breast lumpectomy, lipomas excision, variety of hand procedures, etc), with the help of the local surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses. Then we joined our medical/dental/pharmacy/acupuncture team, who saw and attended to > 3,000 people in Gautemala City, Mixco, Amatitlan, and Rio Hondo. We also taught medical students and residents. We visited Hope of Life International in the city of Rio Hondo, and witnessed firsthand the wonderful job this Christian organization and it’s founder, Carlos Vargas, are doing there. After all the hardwork we experienced some sightseeing excursions of the beautiful country including San Felipe Castle of Lara, Izabal Lake, Volcano Pacaya National Park, and a great speedboat ride to the city of Livingston. All these were punctuated by wonderful meals and hospitality by the Taiwanese Ambassador Sun, his staff, interns, generous Taiwanese business and religious leaders, and people from the Guatemalan Cultural and Tourism offices. Attached are some pictures that summarize the experience. This was the most organized medical mission that I have been part of in my 20 years of missions to Nigeria, Mexico, and even USA! Thanks to the collaborations of the aforementioned organizations. Special thanks to God, my parents, Mr. Ross Sams, Jr. and his family who helped me through college and medical school, CMMI Board of Directors, Dr. Tony Lee, who invited me, Dr. Charles Hsu, mission team leader, Dr. “Tiger” Lin, my roommate there, my compadre, surgical tech and interpreter, Chris Payes, the entire mission team members, and my wife, Ada, and children who allow and support/assist me to pursue my passion of sharing God’s love with the underprivileged people around the world.
My belief that “what we do for ourselves dies with us, but what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal” has been reaffirmed, by the smiles on the faces of those touched. I pray for strength from God to continue doing so. Thank you reading this and for your prayers and support through the years.
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