Friday, November 12, 2010

It's been cold here the last week or so, and was especially chilly while our visiting medical/dental team was here.  Our November team, made up of several from Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, OK as well as some Texans, Alabamans and Tenneseens, is used to the cool damp early November weather that usually accompanies All Saints Day.  But this time, it was harsher than expected and we all found ourselves shivering through clinic and hovering over fires whenever we got the chance.  But, we enjoyed each other's company and that of the local churches as we ministered to their communities. One thing that stands out about this trip is, despite the cold weather, people in the towns were willing to stand in line patiently, all day just to get in for a consult.  I can't imagine doing that myself.  But, as someone pointed out at devotional one night, working together we are the body--the hands and voice of Christ in this world.  And this is what must be attractive to people.  It is humbling to think that people see Jesus in us.

After the hustle and bustle of the big clinics, we got back to our routine schedules this week. Kemmel has been busy reviewing the ABC program here in the Highlands area, gathering information on grades, behavior and participation at church, and helping the ABC director calculate how many will receive prizes.  On one side we are seeing more kids earning prizes this year (better grades, etc) but  we also have more kids who have failed this year.  We hope to be able to analyze the information and  give a report back to the program coordinators to help parents encourage and discipline their kids in thier studies for next year. It's also good information for us to know if our efforts are productive, and where we can improve.
For now we will honor and reward those kids and families who have put forth the extra effort. We talked with one dad today who has two honor students.  He said he is so grateful to Health Talents and the sponsors who make it possible to send more kids to school.  He made mention of the cost of education and the financial difficulty educating kids past grade school.  It felt good to have that kind of positive feedback and encourages us to keep motivating parents and kids to stay the course.

1 comment:

Wayne said...

I stumbled upon your blog while surfing for info on Guatemala. My wife and I arrived at Clinica Ezell on the 13th, a day after your last post. We were there to do cataract surgeries and field clinics. We had 2 eye surgeons and 3 general practice docs to do the field clinics. Also 6 nurses (my wife was one). I did instrument sterilization and went on one field clinic to Rio Bravo. I am not a medical person but I entertained the kids, showed them how to brush their teeth and handed out tooth brushes. I spent a lot of time with two boys, Andrew and Reese. They are in the ABC program. They followed me everywhere and they kept trying to tell me something over and over but I just couldn't understand him and our interpreter (you may know Danny from the clinic?) was busy helping with patients so I never figured out what he was saying. When it was time to leave they wanted to know when I would be back. That was tough.

We got home yesterday (the 20th) and we are still re-adjusting. I would get on the next flight back if I could. It is an incredible place. I would be interested in learning more about your ministry. Do you work for HTI? Are in country full time? Do you primarily live at Clinica Ezell?

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