Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Slow Day? Maybe.

The group finished at our clinic site last night about 6:00 PM. With only an hour bus ride ahead of us, we were eating supper at 7:30 - Chinese!  And, it was very good! 

The team spent time debriefing both the Guiamaca and Rio Dulce clinics.  Martha told us about a grandmother who came to her station with what seemed to be a case of depression.  She had several young ones with her.  She told Martha that her daughter, the kids’ mother, was killed in a random shooting two weeks ago and that their father is in prison.  She and the other grandmother were caring for the children amid dealing with their grief.

Donna told the story of an 18-year-old who came to her station with her 1 year old baby.  The young mother was very concerned for the health of her baby (Donna reported the baby was just fine).  The mother also told Donna that she wanted to learn to read and write.  Donna went the extra mile to report the woman’s name and contact info to Dr. Ponce.  He promised to follow up with her and connect her to literacy ministries available in the area.  We took time to pray for both women and their special needs.

After dinner Anna set up her massage table and gave massages to several team members.  Her gentle generosity and unselfish gifts were so appreciated!

This morning things were slow getting started.  It was 9:30 before we left Cofradía and headed out for our clinic.  Today, we were in Soroguara, a new location for Luke 9:2 Ministries.  None of us knew what to expect, only that it would be a little over an hour bus ride.  We rode to “the other side of the mountain” and were charmed by the scenery.  Fruitful farms and fit farm animals were everywhere.  As we drove into Soroguara, farmers on horseback 
were herding their cows down the road.

Then, we got to the clinic site.  And there was no one waiting for us.  We’ve never experienced that before.  According to Dr. Ponce, the local officials knew we were coming over a month ago, but they didn’t share that information with the community at large. 

Regardless, we set up clinic in a small school yard and waited.  The people began to trickle into the schoolyard.  Dr. Ponce got in his truck and drove around spreading the word that we were here.  He came back with the bed of his truck full of families.  He made two more trips, and slowly but surely our patient count began to climb!

Many of our patients were old women.  All of them wore beautiful aprons they save for special occasions.  The people were all very gracious…and grateful. 

Our special guests at the clinic site today were the dogs!  Dogs, dogs everywhere.  Wandering in and out of the treatment rooms, getting into fights with each other and making a general nuisance of themselves.  (Some of our team members will take offense to this last statement, but I call it like I see it!)

There was no local pastor at today’s clinic site to decide who should or should not receive food.  Since we had hundreds of pounds of food left from yesterday’s clinic, we decided to give food to every head of household, regardless of need.  The food – bag of beans, corn and rice - was clearly appreciated.

As of this writing, its estimated that we will end up seeing about 300 people by the time the day is over.  It may have been a slow start, but we will be running to finish before dark!

More pictures from today:

Donna and company rig a way to catch water from the leaking skylight.
Anna began her massages even before she set up her table.  Note the expression on the woman's face!
Erica found a friend.

He stole our heart!
Doug, Stephen and Al set up the canopy.

Will made a great door monitor!

Hannah rocks as an interpreter!
Rick, Brian and Greg help pack food for distribution.
Ivonne helps with triage.

Nickie and one of the beautiful women we saw today.

Letsbi stepped out of the kitchen to help in pharmacy.

Todd helped a lot of senior adults with their aching joints.

Hannah and Donna made a great team.
A towel was her scarf.

Scenes from the bus ride.

We drove past a very decorated cemetery.

Nashville Hot Chicken???


Jonathan said...

Doug and Steven setting up for an event. Where have I seen that before!? Mom, thank you for writing these!

Rebecca said...

I had the EXACT same thought when I saw that picture! Haha