Abigail TePoel Abigail TePoelAbigail TePoel says one of the main reasons she went into the medical field was to be able to participate in medical mission trips.

Less than one year after graduating from Temple College, she is going on her first such trip.

The 2016 surgical technology graduate will be part of a 45-member surgical group that is going to Antigua, Guatemala, March 18-25 to provide surgical care for Guatemalans who have no access to such services. The group will include teams from several different surgical sub-specialties. TePoel will be a part of a plastic surgery team that will focus mainly on doing cleft palate and lip repairs during their time there.

The trip has been organized by Faith In Practice, a Houston-based organization that focuses on organizing medical mission trips to Guatemala.

“When this opportunity came up, I jumped at it,” TePoel said. “It is something that God has placed on my heart to do for a long time and He has opened those doors up for me.”

TePoel has been working at Scott & White Medical Center in Temple since she graduated. She assists with a wide variety of surgeries, but her “home” service is plastic/reconstructive surgery.

TePoel said anyone interested in donating to her trip may do so here: https://donate.faithinpractice.org/fundraise?fcid=867938

She hopes this will be the first of many mission trips she does – both in the United States and abroad.