Alex Lalin: We've been coming to Valle de la Trinidad for about seven years. The reason why we keep coming is because at Adventist Health we have noticed that we making an impact in the healthcare of this community. The closest hospital to this community is two hours away. So when we saw that need, we said we need to keep coming so we can empower the local people. We can provide tools and resources so they can have a good healthcare. So at the end of the day, they're blessed. Our partnership with the Montemorelos University in the local clinic is the key.
Leah Brooks: It is situated in between Ensenada and San Felipe. It is a community of about 5,000 to 7,000 people, and then during the summer months, that population swells to about, I believe, 16,000 to 20,000 with a lot of different migrant workers. The clinic has been established here now, which I think is a great resource for the people and the local people here to have access to healthcare.
Marta Induni: Our coming here is impactful to the community, I believe, and I believe Adventist Health has done some things really in the right way, which is having local ambassadors, working with the local people and the community, and we're not coming in to tell people what's right or what's wrong. We're just coming in to be helpful, offer medical care that they might not otherwise have access to. We're doing not only a general medical consult, but also vision services with an ophthalmologist, dental services. There's physical therapy. There's a psychologist on staff, pharmacy, laboratory work. It's really a full-service brigade, as they say.
Gildardo Barbosa: I'm very happy for Adventist Health to come into this small community. They maybe will have gone to some other places, but I'm happy that they came with us here because it means to the people.
Luis King: Well, some of us don't actually know how to preach with words, but we know how to preach with our actions.
Adriel Vega: [Spanish] Whatever person, not necessarily in the area of health, it doesn't matter if you speak English or any other language. You need to come to truly enjoy serving the community and tell their story. This is what your heart truly needs.
Lupe Fuentes: The experience that you get and the fulfillment that you get in your heart is so much more that you can describe in words. And then the people, they're grateful. Even with the little that we can offer them, they're seriously grateful, eternally grateful.
Alex Lalin: When I come to a community like this, I get to live firsthand the principles in the values of Adventist Health. Hope. When we are able to provide access to healthcare and when we are arriving and we have the right equipment, the right professionals here locally, it's a blessing for them. When you care for them, it makes a big difference because they know we're not here to make money. We're here to be a blessing to them, and I think that's when I get to see the principles and values of Adventist Health.
Bora Ra: For the people that have never been on a mission trip, and are kind of curious about it, and want to go, I feel like they should listen to that voice inside. Even if you don't know how you'll be useful, there's a voice that says, "You should go. You should go." I think they should follow that voice because I think that voice is there for a reason.
Isabel Perez: I see how the whole mission comes alive. You see it and you hear it, but this is what the whole mission is all about.