By Megan Melton
Under an archway at the entrance of a very small Christian school in Grundy, Va., was a message that David Swiney passed every day from preschool through 12th grade.
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me,” Matthew 24:44.
Swiney, now a chiropractor at Dynamic Spine and Fitness in Zionsville, said that this verse quoting Jesus is what has stuck with him throughout his whole life.
“The lesson is worth passing on,” he said.
Swiney recently went to Nicaragua on a mission trip with a group from Common Ground Church to help and serve. There, he and his teammates distributed food to widows, led bible studies and passed out soccer balls and other toys to children.
However, he used his professional training to do a little more. He took a portable chiropractic table along and made adjustments and provided other assistance for the locals.
“I also accompanied the staff doctor doing medical clinics in several villages,” the Zionsville resident said.
The most interesting thing about the trip, he said, was there was no most interesting part.
“Was it the natural beauty?” he asked, “The fact that, even with different cultures, languages and backgrounds, humanity can go to a place of worship, or serve together, or simply have a moment of normalcy, and to be united? That what holds us together is so abundantly more than all the things that we let divide us? … Or the fact that if you are a Gringo with a large beard, you are almost a celebrity when you walk through the market?”