In July 2008, I traveled with T.I.M.E. For Christ on a fantastic medical mission trip to Mexico. We drove from San Antonio, Texas, in a caravan of vans and trucks. We took everything with us (think MASH unit) and set up a hospital in a school in Tlaola, Mexico in the mountains of Puebla State. The team consisted of doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, an X-ray tech, a pharmacist, engineers, pastors, cooks, drivers, and several families with teenaged children. Surgical specialties were represented including otolaryngology, gynecology, general surgery, orthopedics, plastic surgery. Family physicians, pediatricians and internists manned a clinic. Over 3,000 patients were seen in the clinic and around two hundred surgical procedures. The most common procedures were vaginal hysterectomies and tonsillectomies but the most visibly life-changing procedure done was the cleft lip repair. This procedure changes the child’s life most certainly. But, it also changes the family’s life. In this particular region of Mexico, these families may be shunned or ostracized as there is a misconception that the parents did something to “deserve” their child’s deformity. By repairing the cleft lip, the child and the family are able to enjoy a normal life. These are a few photos from that trip. T.I.M.E. For Christ has been taking medical mission trips to Mexico twice a year for over forty years. Sadly, the violence in Mexico has forced the cancellation of the Summer 2011 trip. My thoughts are with the thousands of patients who might have been helped and I pray that the future will bring peace and healing to this country.