Christ the Healer Medical Mission was initiated by the Propagation of the Faith in the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1993 as an outreach program with a specific emphasis on health care, providing medical assistance without cost to the Diocese of Granada in Nicaragua.
Our Lady of Mercy parishioner and school mom, Dr. Rachel Beyer, recently participated in this Mission trip with a team of doctors from New Orleans. The team consisted of thirteen medical professionals including doctors of internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, eye doctors, dentists, and nurses.
An opportunity that she has desired to be a part of for years, August of 2015 seemed to be the right time in her life to make this desire a reality. Leaving her family for a week to visit a third world country was a difficult decision, but the experiences and the memories she made will be cherished for a lifetime. She hopes that the opportunity arises again, and the next time will include her family on the trip.
A chance to see life outside of her comfortable bubble was the motivation that led Dr. Beyer to Christ the Healer Medical Mission. For Dr. Beyer, it was a powerful experience to help meet the most basic human needs of the Nicaraguan people. While there, she witnessed extreme poverty, the need for stable homes, and the great need for better healthcare. “Although the Nicaraguan people struggle with these extreme living conditions, they also have the same desires and motivations as you and me,” she said.
Christ the Healer Mission is currently seeking medical professionals to embark on a journey of a lifetime. They are in need of physicians, nurses, dentists, optometrists, and other healthcare professionals to help bring the healing presence of Jesus Christ to those in need. For more information about this program, please read the Pontifical Mission Societies section of Mercy Alive located on the bottom of page 5 of this issue.