Saturday, November 26, 2016
That week went by fast! I've thought a few times about our group prayer before we left Springfield, in which Dr. McNeal prayed for boldness. Throughout our time in Aplao, Pedregal, and La Joya, we saw so many different people, I feel so much more capable of being able to evaluate and treat a patient. In addition, now I think that I really can treat Spanish speaking patients without help! I strived to go into each day with a sense of boldness. Often, I'm too shy to use the Spanish I know, but I knew that even imperfect Spanish would make a big difference in patient care.
When I decided I wanted to go on this mission to Peru I expected it to be fulfilling, but also have its challenging moments where I became frustrated with the work. One thing that has been so great about this mission is that it's shown that even though I get physically tired from the schedule, I love working with people! It was awesome to be able to see 11+ patients in a day! It has been especially nice being in an environment where we can not only physically work with them, but also where we can openly pray and aid in their spiritual health too. There were several times were I felt what helped them the most was recognizing that spiritual need.
This mission has gone above and beyond my expectations. The team we've been working with and the people we have seen have made a permanent positive impact on my life.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Back at the hotel our cook "Domi" made us a Thanksgiving dinner complete with 2 well prepared turkeys and apple pie. At the end of the meal we went around the table and shared something we are thankful for. Asdrubal warned us that tomorrow would be our last day together. It is tough to part with these people because they are part of our spiritual family and we've quickly made bonds with them. I thank God that while I was not able to spend Thanksgiving with family, I had a spiritual family to spend it with.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
El Pedregal is a busy place but the clinic is very clean and spacious. I was able to work with Susana and Cynthia. Today I learned the importance of quality over quantity in treating patients. One patient in particular was 8 y.o. who suffered from an MVA and was paralyzed from T10 down. She was stuck with her toes pointed down. We put her in a night splint so she can regain normal range of motion. She also needed her wheelchair brake fixed which we were able to do! We measured her for a new wheel chair as well. She and her Mom were happy. It is a blessing to be apart of this ministry where we can express Christ love though physical therapy.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
We hope to post blog updates as often as possible this week, to keep everyone informed about what the team is doing and for sharing specific prayer requests.