How to say key phrases in Spanish, like Stop, when you ask the children to line up for snack.
How to "flush" the toilet. (Ask Carmen and Sue)
Driving around here can be "mucho" dangerous and never dull.
Some families walked for an hour or more to get to the clinic, or rode their burro.
God's timing is not our timing.
God may be preparing you today, for something you'll understand10 years from now!
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.