His Work In Progress (HWIP)
"Sharing Treasures - Providing Hope"
His Work in Progress is a humanitarian organization to the less fortunate. Our efforts include both the medical professional missions as well as the lay individual humanitarian effort.
Mr. L.H. Bayley once stated “You can’t just help the world to heal one kind of pain. You’ve got to help the world to heal all kinds of pain.”
This statement mirrors the approach His Work in Progress employs. When we travel to foreign countries and listen to the people in need their mental, spiritual and physical needs vary. Over the past eleven years we have developed an understanding on how to inspire those we serve. Clearly all of us cannot solve all of the world’s problems, no one can. However, His Work in Progress can perform little acts of kindness exceptionally thereby providing hope via sharing our treasures. This has been the successful approach we employ in our interactions with the needy. Our measuring stick is the repeated warm smiles we receive year after year.
Trips often combine two distinct projects. A medical triage for the medical professionals caring for the locals and their illnesses.
The non medical professional projects are the distribution of food, clothing, bicycles and other supplies. Many want to make a difference and have a sense of purpose in their own little way but do not have the organization to do so and we have successfully provided that possibility for them.
Child outside of Prenj, Bosnia
Letter of Recommendation Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Terry Tormey Named to His Work in Progress Board-
Dr. Paul Pascarella Named to His Work In Progress Board-
Peru Medical Mission July 2013
All interested medical personnel should contact HWIP immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, mailing address, contact number and discipline.
Space is limited so act now to place your name on the waiting list. You will be notified for a conference call to discuss the weeks activities in Peru and answer any outstanding questions.
Duration: 1 week
Subject line: PERU.
Please indicate your specialty if appropriate.
Note: From Ministry in Peru
"in general international surgical missions require the Ministry of Health approval. Keep in mind that temporary licenses for physicians and nurses must be issued by the Peru Medical Association and Peru Nursing Association months ahead of time.”
Peru Medical Mission Volunteers
New for the New Year 2012
His Work in Progress has been approved by the Archbishop of Philadelphia the most reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.! This approval is a continuation of the recognition of the humanitarian work of His Work in Progress. H.W.I.P. previously received recognition by the former Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Justin Rigali and we are honored to once again receive this approval and recognition.
Peru Medical Mission 2013
Target timeline July 2013
Dr. Ronald Codario, MD, FACP, FNLA
Dr. Codario medical director to His Work in Progress and HWIP are working on formulating a plan for the next Peruvian medical mission. This mission will be compact in scope and the duration will be approximately one week. Stay tune for more information.
Please contact email@example.com with your interest level, your name, mailing address, contact number and discipline and any comments you may have as soon as possible.
First Quarter 2013
Discussion have begun for a medical mission to Uganda.This will be one week to 8 day mission. Please indicate your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org subject Uganda and provide your discipline.
Discussions are underway to narrow the specific time frame for this mission as this will be determined by the local contacts.
Humanitarian effort to go to Bosnia
Eric Miller - Mission Director
Mission to Bosnia 2013
Discussions are now underway
on the upcoming 2013 trip to Medjugorje. This years trip will be very different with unique destinations. More to follow in the coming weeks.
Mission to Bosnia 2012
This year we had 32 great volunteers that made it through the incredible heat wave encountered, 120 degrees!
We have a daily blog that a couple from Oregon shared with us and I know you will read these experiences and want to join us next year when the temperature is much cooler. We also have two very moving stories that will provide stimulation. So please let us know your thoughts after reading these three insightful and spiritual disclosures.
Now sit back relax and enjoy the daily experiences. Simply click on left hand side of this page the continued 2012 mission and the links for all three stories are at the bottom of that page.
Back From Bosnia
Back From Bosnia
Back From Bosnia 7-09-2012 Heightened spiritual awareness and
extending comfort levels of communicating with God are an integral
part of mission work. Love is an action verb and mission work and
traveling on a pilgrimage are actions that move one closer to God.
Thirty two volunteers from our parish and across the country set out
on such a mission, Catholic and non catholic, seeking a new experience
and anticipating greater spiritual enrichment. Each trip opens new
possibilities to see, to learn, to absorb, to share, to reflect.
His Work in Progress enabled volunteers to seek God’s love, through
giving of themselves as living proof that there are people in the
world who care, and set the example of loving your neighbor even if
those neighbors are thousands of miles away.
This point was driven home by one of the Franciscans priests named
Father Svetozar Kraljevik. The topic of his discussion was rocks. This
was very appropriate since the local landscape is nothing but rocks. He used the
example of St Peter, the rock on which Christ built His Church.. He pointed out how Peter was a rough rock and had to be worn down and chiseled into the rock that Christ wanted for His church. He went on to say “those that come on a pilgrimage
are in the process of being worn down and shaped into the spiritual
being that God wishes them to become”. It is during this breaking down of
the old that creates something new. Life is a pilgrimage, not a
vacation therefore, we must deal with the many rocks in our lives. He references a literal example, citing how the local children of the orphanage were clearing the endless number of rocks around a new home by the Adriatic sea.
There is an often used phrase that wherever Mary is, Satan is right
behind. What you learn on a mission is that spiritual warfare exists, it is real. We walked into an unbearable heat wave of 120 degree days which can try anyone’s soul. Daily Mass, the rosary and group prayer were our weapons of choice. To not engage in this amour is inviting total distraction and eventual individual despair from the trying conditions.
Who were some of the people we were helping…
The Entire community of the Mother’s village (orphanage, drug rehab
center and home for battered women) provides for the care of 220 people.
They do not receive any help from the government and they completely
rely on the donations of good people and a few organizations that recognize
their work. This region remains at a very sensitive crossroads and
continues to be a bewildering mosaic of hope and despair. Increase in
the price of fuel and food, low standard of living, very high
unemployment rate (45%) combined with very low wages have left many families and individuals on the brink of hopelessness.
In addition His Work in Progress reached out to a starving family
proving large quantities of food that would last this family of eight
for a few months. His Work In Progress reached out to some children of
varying ages that were discarded and put out onto the street by their
father. We were able to buy them some food and give them advice on
surviving via Mothers village as well as discussed the possibility of
helping in their education.
So what is the impact of His Work in Progress efforts you ask…
This year our two forty foot containers provided 36,000 pounds of
detergent, 40 bicycles for transportation, huge quantities of winter
clothing, coats and jackets as well as 700 pairs of shoes. The very
young children received 1500 brand new baby clothing items thanks to
the generosity of "Red Wagon Baby" as well as diapers. His Work in
Progress also provided clothing and shoes for over 100 former middle
class people still living in the small one room tin huts of the
refugee camp. We were informed of another orphanage in a town call
Citluk where fifty boys, sixty girls and a few dozen elderly were
under their care. His Work in Progress visited and delivered ample
clothing, bicycles and detergent for these needy people. Our medical
volunteers comforted the elderly and provided the much needed personal
attention to sooth their souls.
Although on the surface the two containers sounds like an abundance of
supplies we understood after conversation that the number of families
that come and seek out clothing and detergent are in the hundreds, not
individuals but families. We noticed how the supplies were quickly
dwindling during our stay for only two weeks. Hundreds of families
were alerted and waiting prior to our shipments arriving to seek out
specific clothing that fit properly. They did not take what they did
not need. I found that refreshing from the mentality often observed in
The final result was the clothing, shoes, detergent, soccer balls, and
bicycles that filled two forty foot containers were distributed to
those in need. New friendships were established and hopefully the face
of Christ was witnessed by those we served through our actions. Thirty
two volunteers learned something new after visiting the refugee camp
and returned with a new appreciation for the blessing that God has
bestowed on them.
We need to do more but we can only provide through your help. Will you act on your
desire and go to help?
Information can be obtained by Emailing email@example.com
Have you read our articles in the 2012 spring edition of Medjugorje Magazine and were so moved to donate to the effort (see simple acts of Kindness and Connect the Dots in our commentary section for October). His Work in Progress will travel on new missions working in Peru, Uganda and Bosnia in the coming year.
Information can be obtained by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 215-741-4947 and leaving your contact information. Many think about helping, providing comfort, the question remains, what will you do?