Celeste Musick from Rapid City (left) and nurse Brandi Ozbun from Bismarck, ND, care for babies at the Casa Jackson Hospital on the God’s Project campus in Antigua, Guatemala. Casa Jackson Hospital requires staff and volunteers to wear personal protective equipment and has strict COVID-19 protocols. Musick said the God’s Child Project is constantly looking for dentists and doctors to volunteer at their hospital and clinic.

Celeste with godchild

Rapid City’s Celeste Musick hugs Louvine, the child she supports through The God’s Child Project, during her visit to Guatemala this month. “Something (another volunteer) taught me that you take your godchild out to meet them and you buy them shoes and food and love them,” Musick said. “I spent the whole day. We went to school and I bought groceries for the whole family for a month.” She said Louvine was particularly interested in shampoo.

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Celeste Musick paints the house on the ladder that she financed and built as part of the God’s Child Project in Guatemala. The family that moved into the house also received beds and food. All of the houses built by The God’s Child Project are painted that shade of blue, Musick said.

Celeste is playing with the child

Rapid City’s Celeste Musick plays with a local child in the God’s Child Project playground in Antigua, Guatemala, during her recent volunteer trip.

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Building a home for a family, looking after malnourished babies, and educating women about prenatal care are the experiences that fueled Celeste Musick’s passion for the people of Guatemala.

21-year-old Musick returned from her third trip to the Central American country on March 19, where 59% of the population live below the poverty line. She is a volunteer with The God’s Child Project, a non-profit organization based in North Dakota. God’s Child Project has set up a hospital, schools, playground, clinic, chapel, homeless shelter, soup kitchen, and more to serve the city of Antigua and its outskirts.

“I love helping people. I don’t like to see people suffer or in pain. I just love taking care of them, ”said Musick, who works for Home Statt in Rapid City and is a student at the University of Minnesota.

“Everyone says,” You are so brave to go there “and I say no, the people who live and survive there – they are the brave,” she said. “You see someone suffering and in need and you have what he needs, you go and do it. It is something we are all called to do. “

Musick eventually plans to become a doctor’s assistant. Before graduating from high school, she knew she was aiming for a career in healthcare. That interest prompted Musick’s first trip to Guatemala when she was 18 and was invited to be part of a team of volunteers. She thought the trip would be a good experience.