Thursday, May 21, 2009

Admin Day

And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. I Corinthians 12:28

Yesterday Kemmel and I stayed back from clinic to finish out the calendar for the year and make some progress on some education materials (You think sex education is hard to teach in English, try in Spanish--to be translated by one of your co-workers into K'iche').
The calendar has become a complex piece of work that has taken on a life of its own. Kemmel, whose is gifted in the administrative realm has devised a special hieroglyphic system that encompasses information about all of our whereabouts each day of the year. This includes our daily clinic schedules (Me, Josefina, Sheri and Marcos attending about 20 communities), scheduled days off and holidays, admin meetings, education activities, surgical weeks and who is out to attend those in Montellano, mobile medical groups in town, interns in town, visitors in town, and MET students, including how many are assigned to each team each day. Whenever there is a change, Kemmel dutifully reprints the calendars and passes them out to all staff, as we destroy any past copies. At first it was a challenge to learn the system, but now we pretty much have the hang of it. It's kind of like a palm pilot on paper. Gaspar says he needs extra copies for home and backpack so he can whip it out and answer any question from the communities!
We are blessed to have someone like Kemmel who helps us keep order in our crazy work lives. And praise be to God for giving us all different gifts.

1 comment:

Mo&We said...

We knew he was extra special. The two of you - and God - make a great team. The rest of your group are an extra blessing. Love, Mama