day is best captured by how it ended, with our team sharing heart-tugging
stories from the visits with HIV/AIDS beneficiaries and gratitude
for the chance to meet and teach the men and one woman who were
at the teaching seminar. For the second and last time on our trip,
the team split into two parts, with not only home visits but patient
counseling and support group activity filling our days.
the seminar, we continued our teaching, covering topics from eye
diseases to the heart and lungs. One highlight was the chance to
break into small groups and demonstrate the physical exam to these
workers, some with incredibly little formal training. We finished
with a repeat of an exercise from last year, where we asked 6 of
the workers to take the part of a patient with a medical problem,
and then triage them from sickest to least sick. A lively discussion
was held amongst all of the workers, and we felt heartfelt gratitude
from them as they asked God's blessings on all of us when
we were finished. We remain
in awe of how these workers attempt to treat any and all medical
problems they encounter with so little in the way of resources,
and were humbled
to recognize how little of our areas of highly specialized medicine
mattered to them.
of our team led women support groups for the HIV/AIDS beneficiaries.
Recognizing the wish to get closer to the women as they opened the
discussion, one of our MPPC elders asked the women in her group
to share one of the moments of joy in their lives that they remembered.
There were none to recall. Abused as children and later as wives,
cast out by family, unable to keep the children they bore, their
lives were of complete despair and misery. One
woman was rescued from a dung heap where she had been left to die.
But they now had at least
the hope of participating in the project, and as the gospel of Jesus
being shared with them, an even greater hope.
teammates continued with home visits. The homes, some literally
only about 3 by 6 feet in size for a family, had cardboard or mud-covered
walls plastered with magazine pages as decoration. Barefoot children
played amongst dung and mud. Yet the people were gracious, offering
coffee and a pillow to sit on the floor for their visitors.
will see many of these people tomorrow, when the medical clinic
opens in the Bole district for the first time, part of the expansion
of the project funded in part by MPPC.
Please continue to pray
not only for us, but also for those we will see here on our mission.