In May 2010 my wife and I traveled to Haiti to provide medical care and post-trauma counseling to the earthquake survivors. We each had an interest in global missions but had never been on a trip together or used our specific skills in a developing country. For us, this trip was not only an opportunity to serve but also a chance to explore our interests. As the only MD on the trip, I spent most of my time running medical clinics, while my wife conducted group therapy sessions through a translator. We worked at an orphanage in Jacmel, and I also traveled to a small mountain village to run a 2-day clinic. We were struck by the needs of the people and by their beauty and resiliency. For us, this trip confirmed our sense of calling into global health and began to open doors for further exploration of this field.
Matthew Pierson, MD