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INTERNATIONAL HANDS IN SERVICE
April 28, 2012

My interest in I.H.I.S.'s Project Salud y Paz prompted me to sign up for a construction mission team. 2007. Five years and five more trips. 2012. Now a board member and still full of the spirit of Project Salud y Paz. Our mission to the Mayan communities of Guatemala provides medical, dental and educational services to the indigenous Maya of Guatemala. This mission changes lives: our volunteers' lives as much as the lives of the Mayan communities that we serve. - Aubrey Lunsford, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

INTERNATIONAL HANDS IN SERVICE
June 15, 2010

As our Florida mission team was preparing to depart for Guatemala, we received an appeal from the staff of the Salud y Paz clinic in Camanchaj. A young Maya woman, 26, has never been able to walk due to congenital defects. Her family's minister was seeking help for the family: a special wheel chair for Bertola. In one short day, $500 was raised. The chair was ordered. The family would spend a long day in travel to and from the city where the chair would be custom-fitted for Bertola. At the end of one of our own long work days in Guatemala, we were surprised as the staff nurse drove onto the grounds with Bertola, her mother, brother, and the new chair. These pictures tell the story of what this chair meant to this family. B's mother and brother spoke in K'ichi to us for her. Their words were translated, but the smiles really told us. Our church's association with Salud y Paz and the Camanchaj clinic has been one of many years. Each trip we feel increasingly our bond to this community and this mission. On no day more so than on this very, very blessed day. We who can give, truly do receive much, much more than we give.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many ways through three + years. Phil Plunk has spoken at our church several times through the past 10 years. Phil lives his faith and this fact is absolutely THERE as I listen to him. My first mission trip was in 2007; my fourth and fifth are upcoming.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Three construction mission trips. Board membership for one and a half years. Fundraising; sharing the story of Salud y Paz and its service to the underserved Maya population of Guatemala.