This week we have a team here with us from Memorial UMC in Florida. They came down to put on medical clinics for some of the rural indigenous villages in the area and also did one in Panajachel. They worked super hard and we saw close to 400 people. They also helped with constructing houses.
Many people in Guatemala have poor health from lack of nutrition and the harsh conditions they are exposed to every day working in the fields. Guatemalans are hard workers and hard on their bodies as well. For many this may be the first time they have seen a doctor and most of them can’t afford medication if they do see one. It is a real blessing to be able to provide both for them at these clinics.What we can do for these people in one doctor’s visit is very limited but for me it’s more than just the medical care we provide for them. I think the most important thing about these clinics is the opportunity to give each person special attention. To ask them who they are, to hear their stories, to see what is wrong, to give them a touch, and to let them know they are not alone.
And I found some time to take pictures and play with the kids as well. Below is Doctor Twiggs. He and his assistant Kelly worked together well. Kelly is amazing at Spanish. She used to be a missionary in Honduras.
This little guy gave me a wink as I took his picture.
What beautiful people God has created. I love being able to interact with them and find out who they are. I got a chance to practice my spanish with the lady in the above picture.This young girl was doing laundry for her family just beside where we were doing the medical clinic. She was such a hard worker for being so young.
Sarah’s face telling you how many people we saw that day. If you can’t tell it was a lot:)