This is why we went. El Hospital Buen Samaritano (The Good Samaritan Hospital) in Chichicastenango is the only hospital in the area and provides for the needs of the poor for miles around.
From September 11 through 19, I was joined by two EMI Interns, an EMI Staff Construction Manager and four volunteers from the United States to review the existing hospital facility and suggest immediate improvements, remodel for 2-5 years and remodels for 10-20 years to allow the hospital to provide safer care and expand it's capabilities.
The team reviewed the existing facility once we arrived.
While we were there we had the privilege of experiencing the sights of Chichicastenango.
|Worshipers on the steps of the main Catholic Church|
|Guatemala style power|
|Check out the power meters|
|I love this sign. Hope you can read Spanish.|
We enjoyed the celebration of Guatemala's independence on September 15.
And of course visited Chichicastenango's street market.
But all this was second to the work we had been called to do. We started each day with worship and devotions.
And of course we worked as a team and worked with the ministry to come up with a design that will help them fulfill the call God has given them.
|Second floor plan sketch for interim presentation|
Thanks to the Lord for bonding us together as a team and creating great friendships as we served Him together.
|Daily travel to the hospital|
David Lowe, EMI Intern Structural Engineer (although we're going to turn him into an Architect)
Josh Ayers, EMI Staff Construction Manager
Erika Sanborn, EMI Intern Interior Designer
|"That's a surprise!"|
|Josh and a patient en rout to the hospital|
Richal Smith, Volunteer Stuctural Engineer
Roscoe Lawless, Volunteer Architect
Lynn Dee Thomas, Volunteer Electrical Engineer
Michael Scupien, Volunteer Mechanical Engineer