Aguinda’s Story

  Aguinda is a 32 year old mother of six children. Aguinda grew up in a Christian family and at the age of 18, she married the keyboard musician at her church. She worked as a cook’s helper in a Christian mission home for street children until she began...

Susana’s Story

Susana is a 47-year-old lady who lives with her husband and 6 children in a Mennonite community about 6 hours (by train) from Santa Cruz . When Susana first came to the Mission of Hope clinic in the spring of 2008, she was very discouraged. She had been deaf in both...

Sarahi’s Story

Sarahi was one our first patients when we opened our free clinic in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in July of 2002. Sarahi was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, and a shunt was placed into her brain at birth to drain the excess fluid that would accumulate. In November of...

Jose Luis’ Story

When Jose Luis was born, his parents lived in a very rural area where there were no roads or buses. His father, Ruperto, worked in the fields harvesting crops, when he was able to find work. Ruperto spent most of what he earned to support his alcohol addiction,...

Samuel’s Story

Samuel is a 40 year old man who lives in Santa Cruz with his wife and 2 children. One Saturday afternoon, Samuel went to the store to buy a loaf of bread. He was at the cash register ready to check out when 3 armed men with revolvers entered the store. They hit Samuel...

Lucio’s Story

No one thought to take a picture of Lucio. It was an ordinary day at the Mission of Hope clinic. The surgery team had come and gone. The clinic doors opened at 8 a.m. and the first group of patients came in and took their places in the waiting room. Lucio was seated...