Running the Race
Wednesday marked our last clinic day. Praise God, next week’s OR schedule is full and we will be performing at least 35-40 surgeries. It was a blessing to see the familiar faces of patients from past years that returned for follow up and/or to schedule their next surgery. We also were able to meet babies, and their families in our feeding program who will be candidates for cleft lip repairs next year. It was a great opportunity to encourage, fellowship and pray with these families. It’s been a busy and fruitful clinic week.
On Thursday we celebrated the new water system at Santa Inez School with a ribbon cutting ceremony. All of our hard work has paid off and now this school provides 400 plus families with safe and clean water!
Setting up for Surgery:
Later on Thursday, the team flexed their muscles and moved over 80 bins full of supplies and other vital equipment that will be used for next week’s surgeries and outreach. The amount of behind the scenes work that goes into creating a hospital within a hospital cannot be put into words.
On Friday it was time to say farewell to the clinic team. What an awesome team God has put together. We have all been forever changed and forever blessed by our paths crossing and serving alongside one another. Many prayers were answered as the clinic team arrived home safely and the surgical team arrived without a hitch!
Start of Surgical Week:
Today was the start of the surgical week as the teams divided up and used their gifts and talents to be a blessing to many families. 38 patients were seen by the dental team and 10 surgeries were completed by the surgical team. Countless children and families were entertained while waiting patiently to receive care that they normally would not have access to. Please continue to pray that the Lord would continue to calm the multiple anxieties within the hearts of the parents and that the children would stay free of infection when they come out of surgery.
The next 3 days will be very busy as the dental team will see hundreds of patients, the surgical team will tirelessly perform another 10 surgeries a day and the outreach team will continue to entertain the families who are waiting, check on previous installed water systems and pray and share the gospel as the LORD allows through translators.
Thank you for Sharing in this Journey with us!