I have worked as a hospital chaplain in the United States, but on a medical-mission trip to Bolivia three years ago, I was serving as translator, patient transporter, and recovery-room assistant. I was with a team that repairs the cleft palates of poor children, and that’s where I met Maria, an infant who had just come out of surgery.
It proved to be a brief encounter. Almost as soon as Maria arrived in the recovery area, she...
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