Dave and Ellen Conrad of Salem spent time recently working at Hospital Shalom, a non-profit missionary hospital in San Benito, Peten, Guatemala.
Ellen, a retired culinary arts teacher and owner of a cooking school, taught the women how to cook and bake - they had never seen pie - and Dave, an East Fairfield Coal retiree, made repairs around the facility.
They worked closely with Tim and Doris Spurrier, who have been ministering to the needs of Guatemalans since 1988 and who started the hospital project in the remote Peten jungle in 1996. It took 10 years, and the hospital opened in 2006. The hospital is five miles from the International Airport Mundo Maya and 35 miles from the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal.
The hospital building project is a ministry of New Covenant World Missions. Click the link to find out more about it and the organization.