this year, a team of ten chiropractors, three chiropractic students, three
chiropractic advocates and one chiropractic office manager brought chiropractic
care and humanitarian supplies to the people of Cuba.
Dr. Peter Morgan led the five-day mission to the communist nation at a time when new hope was emerging among the Cuban residents. The group made new friendships and brought home a better understanding of the plight of people on the island. It’s believed to have been the first successful major chiropractic mission ever to visit Cuba.
stayed in a beautiful hotel overlooking Havana’s
majestic harbor,” says Dr. Morgan of this trip.
“We spent the first day like typical tourists, eating at great
restaurants and even watching Cuban soldiers, dressed in the uniforms of
British redcoats, performing a curfew time firing of the canon, as they did
when the British captured Havana in 1762.”
”But,” continues Morgan, “the following day, we set aside our tourist hats and went to work on our chiropractic mission. We boarded a ferry that took us across the harbour to Regla, a poorer part of the island, completely different from the downtown tourist area of ‘Old Havana’”.
“We arrived about 8 a.m. and were met by a large group of local residents who had put on their ‘Sunday best’ clothes for us. They had been waiting patiently to see the chiropractors.”
“We had not been allowed to bring portable chiropractic tables into Cuba, but our hosts had made a number of tables for us and set them up in several rooms of the converted church building.”
“The next day, part of our team was driven out to the countryside about an hour outside Havana. We set up adjusting rooms in the small church and attached house. Many of the Cubans living in the home had severe disabilities. The beds were simple slabs of wood, many without a pillow or even a cover. The floors were manufactured by the pastor in order to make more room for the people who lived there.”
incredible experience I had in Cuba,”
is the comment of one of the team doctors on the Cuba mission. “They were five of
the most meaningful days of my life. We were humbled to see many chiropractic
miracles while we were there. We saw God working through us, as we taught and
adjusted in Havana and Regla, Cuba.”
The Cuba trip was one of a number of humanitarian efforts by Mission-Chiropractic, which has also brought chiropractic care to poor communities in Central America and the Caribbean, including Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. Trips to Ethiopia and Ghana are also scheduled for 2010.
To help fund the missions, Mission-Chiropractic has partnered with Mission Life International and “7 Weeks to Wellness Ministry” to create an evangelistic health ministry geared to generating new patients.
Source, The Chiropractic Journal, November 2009 issue