I left early for the clinic in Israel's SUV. We talked on the way through the hills to Villa Sandino about how he had eaten Vermont maple syrup while in the states before, so I told him that I would mail some down to him. Sam, Erick, Annu, and Alejandra helped with setting up and rearranging the pharmacy before the clinic started as others helped with more counting. Before the first prescription was filled, Sophia prayed for us and the role that our department played in the clinic. We knew before we started that there was no way that we could do the work, but we had to allow God to work through us by the power of the Holy Spirit. The day was fast-paced and the prescriptions from the seven American and three national doctors filled the red baskets at all times.
|Alejandra and I busy on the first day of clinic|
|Pastor Norman and Lloyd|
We saw many things on the scripts that just broke our hearts. I prayed over each one and the conditions that were presented, from a one month old covered with scabies (no treatment available that would not cause more harm than good) to pain and breathing issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even folks who traveled 3-4 hours just to be seen in the clinic. Roxanne came over with two young angels who had just had all of their teeth removed at the dental clinic - to see the hurt in her eyes and the appreciation in the eyes of the kids and their mom for her compassion is touching.
We finished with lots of help - Erick rounded up all the folks he could to prepack, and then worked with Alejandra to label the different tables/areas in the pharmacy so that the helpers later in the week could find things a little eaiser. The biggest blessing for me was the organization of supplies and tools that Cory did before we boarded the bus - he took the time to just pick the room up and get things back in order, despite spending all day at the church working with the building project that Chuck Damon and Eric were doing build a porch for the church. I could tell he was tired, but he just kept working until we were all told to head for the bus.
After we returned to the Santo Tomas, we ate supper upstairs at the Rest Aleman. Lena is able to get vegetarian meals after Rolando talked with the staff there - they find her each night for the rest of the week. We eat the staple for Nicaraguans - gallo pinto (beans and rice) with most meals, with eggs in the morning and alternating beef and chicken at night. Drinks are plentiful - gatorades, soda, and coffee are offered. After we clear the tables and form a circle and start to worship in song, praise and prayers, and fellowship. Tricia shared of seeing Jesus in the eyes of a young girl brought to the clinic by her mother.
|"Momma with her child who developed meningitis as an infant. They both taught me a lesson about loving Jesus."|
Thoughts for the day ..
- When we put God first and seek to honor and glorify Him in all that we do, our actions lead to a longterm impact on those that we bless
- I am blessed beyond measure with the woman God has granted to be my wife. I am able to reflect at all that she does for me and our family everyday, and to see her spirit reach out here, away from the hustle of "life" - it is absolutely amazing
- We are running low on children's medicine even after the first day - need to get the word out to bring more chewable vitamins and liquid analgesics