The team arrived in Peru 3 weeks before the Thanksgiving Holiday and left in time to rejoin their families for the traditional rituals of giving thanks and counting blessings. The 32 members some from as far away as Australia and England, formed 4 teams, worked at 9 different locations, saw 1890 patients offering free medical and dental care. Each team member experienced the gift of giving back.
Thirty-one members of the 2013 Quechua Benefit mission traveled to six towns in the Colca Valley on a rotating basis and they inaugurated the Snowmass Health Center with 6 days of continuous operation. They were accompanied by three Peruvian doctors and dentists. Patients were brought to the Snowmass clinic on a daily basis by the mayors from four additional towns.
It is a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in Indiana. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and there is a smile on my heart. Spring? Yes, but that’s not all. I have seen the face of God today, but not where you might expect. The face of God for me today was clearly one and the same with the face of an eight-year-old young lady named McKayla Adair.
The other path is paved with the footprints of people with good hearts from around the world. People simply motivated by their own personal faith, convictions, goodwill and charity. The other path is one devoid of labels, numbers, outcomes, miles traveled or material accomplishment. It is a simple spiritual journey that has led Quechua Benefit sponsors to do whatever good they may do. We need each of you no matter which road you take.
Quechua Benefits 2012 Mission to Peru & The opening of the Snowmass Health Center Fourteen members of the 2012 Quechua Benefit mission traveled to six towns in the Colca Valley on a rotating basis and they inaugurated the Snowmass Health Center with 6 days of continuous operation. They were accompanied by 3 Peruvian doctors and dentists. Patients were brought to the Snowmass clinic on a daily basis by the mayors from 4 additional towns. In total 10 towns were served […]
by Nicholas Skinner This November my sister and I had the opportunity to participate in the 2012 Quechua Benefit Mission in Peru. Our family, as Snowmass Alpacas, has sponsored the building of a medical clinic at Casa Chapi. This year the final construction of the clinic was completed, and we were there to attend the grand opening. The first phase of our journey involved long flights, layovers, sleep deprivation, white-knuckle bus rides along cliff-side roads, and a rapid acclimation to 12,000+ feet. […]
The November 2012 medical mission to Casa Chapi is in its final stages of organization. Returning mission team members Bill Beranek, Shellie Clark, Deborah Bailey, Dr. Rhonda Deschner Dr. Jim Anderson will be leading this years team.
Sister Antonia, provided a spiritual example for the charities work that has inspired our volunteers and given guidance to our interactions with the Quechua people. Quechua Benefit will do well by learning from her life.
Quechua Benefit mission participants often leave for Peru excited about the good they are about to do for some of the poorest people on earth. Invariably, at some point in the mission, they begin to realize, almost feeling guilty, that they are the ones who may well be benefiting most from the experience. Missions are often “Chicken Soup” for the participant’s soul. Serving someone in need is powerful spiritual medicine.
All you need to know about traveling on your first mission to Peru.