Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Yesterday we drove back from Montellano after spending some time with the visiting surgical team. It's always fun being with everyone and getting a change of pace, but it's great to be back home (in the cool weather!) After making it back to town, we had some time organizing our new meds in the pharmacy and had some education time with Gaspar and Juan. Our topic was vaccinations, which they had never studied. We looked at pictures of all the illnesses that can be prevented by vaccine and discussed the various myths and rumors that are common here.

Today, we showed up for clinic in Mactzul III with quite a surprise--patients! This is one of the communities that is new and struggling to get off the ground. We have talked with the church leaders who say they have announced and the town is not against the clinic per se, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of interest. The last few months have been a real disappointment when only 2 or 3 patients come (for medical and dental).

Well, today, Marcos had 20 dental patients and I had 9 medical patients. It doesn't sound like much, but we had a nice mix of repeat and new patients and non Christians. We even had some come from surrounding towns who are faithful patients from our other clinics. People were pleased with the care and appeared to enjoy visiting with each other. It is a good sign that we may be gaining some ground in this town.

Kemmel was busy today catching up on reports, and later in the afternoon, meeting up with one of our board members Harriette Shivers to help with interviews of four scholarship applicants. They will continue the process tomorrow with 5 more. Funding is tight this year and there are several applicants both here and in the Montellano area, so competition is hot and heavy. What a nice problem to have so many students interested in getting through high school now. We will pray for God to provide.

Well, that's all for now....

1 comment:

captain kriss said...

Hey, just catching up on your blog. You guys really inspire me, when I read what is going on, I see the Lord working thru you. Stay strong. I love you,