Thank you to all of our readers. It has been a joy blogging for all of you to read about our trip.
Dr. Gerbens wanted me to post a picture of Tyler and I so you know who has been blogging. He also wanted to thank us for our hard work, “Thanks to our bloggers, Calah Metz (our lead blogger) and Tyler Mink (assistant blogger), for all of their long nights of blogging. It looks great.”
Thank you to our team for being positive upbeat people. I am so glad that all of us gelled so quickly and grew to love each other. Thank you for working so well together and encouraging each other. Thank you for all the laughs and the memories we created. I will never forget the journey we took together.
Thanks to all of the Pastors and their families of the churches that hosted our clinics. We are very appreciative for you opening your churches and assisting us with our ministry. It was so fun to meet all of you and learn from you.
Thanks to our San Diego host families (especially the Guldens and Seibles (I am a little biased)). Thank you for opening your homes and allowing us to be apart of your families for a week. I can honestly say that I have never felt more welcomed into a family as I did yours. Thank you for all the delicious home cooked meals, the bonfires, surfing lessons, game nights, and investing into our lives. You all are such wonderful kind hearted people whom we will never forget.
Thank you lions club for donating all of our glasses and making this trip possible. It has been so fun volunteering with your group.
Thank you Calvin College for seeing Dr. Ubels passion for this trip and allowing it to happen.
Thanks to Ralph De Haan, our Optometrist, for coming along with us on the trip. We could not have done this without you. Thank you for lending us your auto-refractor and teaching the pre-optometry students how to use it. The knowledge you shared with us will be taken on to our further schooling. You were so patient with us, and encouraging every step of the way. Thank you for your thoughts in our discussions and your generous heart. We appreciate you so much!
Thanks to Scott and Marcia Geurink for being our amazing missionaries for our two weeks in Mexico. We admire the both of you so much. You have been such incredible role models for our group, and we all love you guys. You both have such loving and giving hearts and have touched our lives forever.
Thanks Larry and Mary Gerbens for your eternal laughter. It is so nice to see a couple that has been together for so long and can still laugh with each other. You guys became grandparents to us on the trip. It was so fun getting to know you and learning from you. Mary that's for your generosity and loving spirit. Thanks for always hugging us and showing how much you care. Dr. Gerbens thank you for teaching us all about the eye. You are so enthusiastic about eye care and your passion for ophthalmology just bursts out of you. It's contagious. We are so grateful to have met you and gotten to know you over the past several months at the lions club and on our trip. We love ya Gerbs.
Thanks to Professor Ubels, the man who made this trip possible. We could not have done this without your leadership. Thank you for all of your extra ‘behind the scene’ work. We know you put a lot of your time and energy into the trip to make sure all of the puzzle pieces fit together. We value you as our professor more than you know, and couldn’t have asked for a better professor to lead our trip. Watching you serve the people of Mexico made us want to work harder as a team. You have been the piece that has held our team together and united us. Thank you for protecting us and encouraging us every step of the way.