We certainly learned a lot at VBS today. Children are the same all over the world. It did take much longer to get name tags on children than we expected. In fact, children kept coming in an hour into VBS. We introduced our ongoing story of taking care of God's creation and the factory that is polluting the environment. Then we connected that with the story of the women with many sins who was forgiven by Jesus. Many of the children already know Jesus, but some do not. The cross puzzles were a big hit! At 5:10 we realized we were already over our time by more than half an hour. We think we'll see most of the children back tomorrow, but we have already learned that we need to simplify our schedule. Lots of smiles and great stories to tell when we return.
The logistics of the clinic are a work in progress. People were waiting for us upon our arrival and we stayed almost 2 hours longer than planned just to see the patients we had checked in. Unfortunately, some were turned away. Our 3 providers saw over 115 patients today. Some very common ailments and some unique cases. Many cases of diabetes, some chicken pox, headaches and pain, skin rashes and cough.
The community hall was extemely dirty when we arrived. The construction crew helped moved things around, sweep out the building and generally clean up, prior to setting up the VBS materials. (See the pile of dust that Mark and Nicholas collected.....we swept about 10 more times after they left.) Wow what a difference!
Today was our first day of working in San Pablo. After opening devotions, we made our way to the clinic, the community center and the construction site. It took a long time to get the clinic up and running, since we couldn't set up last night, but we finally got things moving.
We were not able to set up the medical clinic as planned tonight, so we all need to work on that early in the morning.
The VBS site is still under discussion. When we arrived today we were told that they invited the school children....over 200 of them! We're excited about sharing the Good News of Jesus with so many young children, but we didn't bring that many crafts! Help Lord!! Your prayers to prepare the hearts of those we are going to serve was certainly heard, because the children are ready.
Prayers of thanksgiving for our wonderful driver, Ramero, the people who have prepared our wonderful meals, the mayor and our prayer warriors.
Patience, Trust and Wisdom.