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Poem of thanks for the mission

This was my first Mission of Healing Eyes, and I am so thankful I was able to be a part of it! So many things stand out about the week, but if I had to choose two, they would be the following:

First, as one of the "older generation", I was in AWE of the young volunteers. That so many young people would give of their time to so lovingly and generously help people they don't even know was truly beautiful! They were polite, caring, sensitive, and intelligent. They were an inspiration to me and a gift to the people of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo.

On the last day of the clinic, when all the patients returned for a final checkup and a question and answer session, one man, Jacinto, had written a poem expressing his gratitude. The poem, with an English translation, follows:

Zihuatanejo, Gro. a 27 de mayo del 2010

Título: Corido Dr. Jim Conahan

De aquí le mando un saludo con gusto y gran placer

A los doctores americanos que por su gracia y sabiduría me hicieron ver.

From here with great pleasure I send a greeting to the American doctors, who,

because of their grace and knowledge, allowed me to see.

Ixtapa- Zihuatanejo es muy bonito lugar

Donde los americanos con alegría su inteligencia vienen a mostrar.

Ixtapa-Zihautanejo is a very pretty place where the Americans come

to show us their happiness and intelligence.

Señor Dr. Jim Conahan, mi amistad le ofrezco yo

No tengo con que pagarle, solo pido que lo bendiga Dios.

Dr. Jim Conahan, I offer you my friendship

I have nothing with which to pay you, I only ask that God bless you.

A su grupo de doctores con respeto muy hermosas

Si yo fuera jardinero con mucho cuidado cortaría esas rosas

If I were a gardener, for your group of American doctors,

with very beautiful respect, I would very carefully cut you some roses.

Señora Diana de Bravo con gusto le cantaré

Para usted y su campaña de lindas doctoras siempre las recordaré.

Señora Diana de Bravo with pleasure I will sing for you

And I will always remember your team of beautiful doctors.

A mi amigo Pastor John y para su esposa Beatriz

Pido a Dios que los bendiga por todo lo que han hecho por mí.

To my friend Pastor John and his wife Beatriz (Betty)

I ask God to bless you for all that you have done for me.

Aquí hay mucha gente pobre que necesita de su bondad,

Gracias a Dios que ha venido el doctor Jim Conahan a darnos la visualidad.

Here there are many poor people who need your goodness,

Thanks be to God that Dr. Jim Conahan has come to give us our sight.

Dr. Jim Conahan mi agradecimiento le ofrezco yo

Pido a Dios que le de la luz para que siga trabajando en nombre de Cristo Jesús.

Dr. Jim Conahan I offer you my thanks,

I ask that God shed his light on you to continue working in the name of Christ Jesus.

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