Medical Outreach Day 1As you can see I missed a few days of blogging. We are all back safely at home. Thank you so much for your prayers while we were gone. After our first day of medical clinics, I was just too tired to turn on the computer and blog.
We left the hotel at 7am on a big red bus and went to Camino de Vida to pick up the team; a few spoke English. The bus was loaded with all the medications and medical supplies. We traveled for 1 1/2 hours to a remote location, but it was heavily populated. The tent was already up with tables and chairs in it. They rent the tents because it is so much work to put them up. We were told that they started at 7pm the night before and finished at 2am! It was metal poles and miles of material - all held together with straight pins. I had never seen anything like it. We were on dirt floors. DIRT EVERYWHERE!
The general medical tent consisted of many small square tables with a couple of chairs, just a few feet apart. This is where the history and physical was done and prescription written. (Of course I needed an interpreter.) There were about 18 medical doctors and about 7 dentists.
After the patient had seen the doctor, they were escorted to the "clinica del alma" which means clinic of the soul. This is where the gospel was presented in a very simple way. The people who do this are annointed. After they leave this area they receive a stamp on their prescription that allows them to go to the pharmacy to receive their medication. That day there were over 1,000 patients seen and 297 salvations!!!
The people were so friendly with a quick smile and plenty of hugs. This is David our wonderful photographer.