You’re here now. Will you come again?

Bill Hixon

Bill Hixon’s job for the Guatemala medical mission trip was coordinating logistics. But he never lost sight of the primary goal: building relationships.

When Joan and Beth went down last spring and visited the villages, one of the questions that they had from a meeting when they met with some of the village elders and the health care professionals in the village was, “Will you come again? You’re here now. Will you come again? And if you come back, will you come again after that?”

There’ve been a lot of missions that had come down there, done their thing and then disappeared and that was it. So they did some good while they were there, but there was no relationship involved. It was just, these people came from American, did their thing and then left. But building the relationship was a real major thrust of the medical mission.

My relationship was primarily with the drivers. We had two drivers; each van had a driver, and they worked very well together. And then my job for most of the medical mission trip was to be a logistics person or track down supplies and go back and purchase things that we didn’t have or that we ran out of.

The relationship that I had with the two drivers was real, I felt, special. Both of them individually when they would take me and we would look for things, you could tell they were very protective of me and wanted to help with the mission. And as the mission went further they became more and more involved in the time and energy level that they were willing to spend on this, because they saw what was really happening. And so they became more than just drivers. By the time we were through with the missions they were involved in actually, in the mission space, in the space where the doctors were, helping with translations and helping with traffic flow of the people in the mission and also being security. But they didn’t just, you know, in a normal situation your driver stays out with the van. But these guys, they saw what was going on and they appreciated what was going on and they became a working part of our mission.

Regular Sunday Service Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Morning Prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Choral Evensong with sermon is held at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sundays of the month from October to June in the Church.

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Location

This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.


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