PharmD Candidate 2012
I was filled with so much doubt when we first landed in Belize and later pulled up to the clinic. I was sure that God had sent the wrong person to work in the clinic and I didn’t know what I was going to do for 23 more days. Thankfully my whole perspective of this trip quickly turned around. I look back now and I am beyond thankful for the time I got to spend in Belize. Being there made me realize that my future job as a pharmacist is not about how many prescriptions I can verify in a day or how much money I can make the company I work for but instead about the people I’m serving and the quality of care they get. The people of Patchakan village endured my awful Spanish without complaint and taught me so much about the type of pharmacist I want to be. I thank God each day for this opportunity – the most wonderful, life-altering experience that I have ever had!
PharmD Candidate 2012
Each time that I have visited Belize, it has truly been a blessing. This recent visit spent at the Presbyterian Medical Clinic felt a bit like "coming back home", with it being my fourth time to work/minister in Patchakan. I was able to reconnect with some patients and follow up on their care.
I feel this last visit was somewhat different due to the fact that in the past only a part of my family has accompanied me. This year I had the privilege of leading a team from my church. A total of 9 members were able to come and serve in 3 capacities. (medical, construction, and VBS) Not only did I enjoy working at the clinic, I was also able to help my team during the week to meet some needs with the Presbyterian church in Corozal. The experiences were a blessing to me and the whole team. God used our time in Belize in a powerful way and we enjoyed serving and working together.
It is always a joy to work in the Presbyterian Medical Clinic and see from year to year what God is doing. I have a love and passion for the people of Belize. The home visits I particularly enjoy since I am unable to do so in my busy internal medicine practice at home. These visits give me the opportunity to see and experience the social and living situations of the patients. It also enables me to minister to those who are too ill to travel to the clinic or who lack the needed mode of transportation. My goal with each visit is to extend grace and offer some hope/relief from their medical problems/pain. As a physician I seek to improve patient health and well being. My ultimate goal though is to introduce them to Jesus, our Great Physician who heals us completely. I come away each time feeling that I received more of a blessing than those I sought to minister to. The whole experience is a very humbling one.
I enjoyed as always working and spending time with Garry and Anita Chambers. I count them as true friends in the faith. Their zeal and dedication is an encouragement. The opportunity to meet and work with Amber Rhyne, the clinical pharmacist, was also inspiring. She has a lot of knowledge about pharmacology. It is also evident that she loves the patients and enjoys helping them with their care.
The trip was a blessing for me and I am eager to come back soon and serve! God is at work in a mighty way at the clinic and in the hearts of the Belizean people. I am honored to have the opportunity to be involved and help spread the message of hope and healing.
Tim I., MD
Meridian, MS, USA