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Transformational: 30 Years of SMI

Transformational: 30 Years of SMI

A Report of the Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute, June 26-July 17, 2021 By Holly Favino, Summer Program Director   Who would imagine that a vaccination effort to combat a 1991 North...

Simple But Powerful Lessons

Simple But Powerful Lessons

By Tolulope I   The Summer Medical Institute (SMI Philly 2020) is over and here I am reminiscing on the experiences I gained throughout the course of the program. The image of paintings on the...

Supporting Health Care During the Pandemic

Supporting Health Care During the Pandemic

By Katie V   The COVID-19 pandemic caused the Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI) to be different this year. Instead of going door-to-door to provide health screenings, we worked with...

The Gift of Hope

The Gift of Hope

Top row, left to right: Elizabeth Centurión, Larissa Dean, Tiffany Wang, Jessica Bedele; Bottom row, left to right: Abby Weems, Juliana Bonilla, Nadine Kamel, Sosela Rrusho   I have no words...

SHADOWing in the LIGHT

SHADOWing in the LIGHT

Hi everyone! My name is Kai Inguito, and I’m a rising second year medical student at Jefferson. I just want to share the following three paragraphs about my time SHADOWing at SMI. One of my...

A Paradoxical Beauty

A Paradoxical Beauty

In the two weeks that I have spent living and serving in North Philly, I have been so deeply blessed and yet deeply challenged as well.   Our medical team has already spent many hours in...

Beautiful Feet

Beautiful Feet

From left to right: Brian Schonewald, Nadeen Kamel, Jessica Bedele     How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news...

Until We Reunite in Heaven

Until We Reunite in Heaven

The stories, testimonies, struggles, challenges, and lessons that were birthed from this week are a pure testament of how good the Lord is, especially to those who are overlooked. One of the...

Let Yourself be Loved

Let Yourself be Loved

One of the key parts (if not the most important) of my testimony is when I accepted Jesus into my heart at seven years old.  Since then I have had many trials and areas of growth in my walk with...

Unqualified for Missions

Unqualified for Missions

From left to right: Nadeen Kamel, Stephanie Ko, Brian Schonewald   My name is Brian Schonewald, I am a second year medical student at Cooper Medical School and I am utterly unqualified for...

Glass Shattered Streets

Glass Shattered Streets

Glass Shattered Streets By Larissa Dean . Look around and you can see the pain. Where the greedy take and what’s left remains. On these glass shattered streets. . But on these glass shattered...

Being Broken while Fixing the Brokenness

Being Broken while Fixing the Brokenness

From the beginning, I thought SMI would be about me changing other people’s lives. Coming into Kensington, I’d imagined myself having the answers to the people’s spiritual questions, to teach the...

God in the Unexpected

God in the Unexpected

What a day and what a God we serve. Admittedly, today did not start the way that I wanted. I doubt anybody’s version of a great morning is walking out to their car with a busted window and stolen...

From Bullet to Better

Kelsey walked down the street, saying, “We have an appointment today! We have to be at this lady's home at 10 am.” We walked up the stairs and knocked on Rosa’s* door. “Hola! Vengan aqui. Gracias...