Our flights here were wonderful. Lia´s cousin who is a priest met us at the airport and with some friends drove us to a retreat house called Retreat Home Casa de la Cruz which about an hour away from the Tuxtla airport. We had a very nice meal and slept well. Bob and Lia picked up some additional medicine in the morning and then we headed out for Coapilla. We ran a clinic there from 1:30 til 5 pm and served 50 people. The chief complaint was pain. It was a good start and a warm up for our upcoming clinics!
On Friday we traveled about an hour through the scenic mountains to a town called Morales. It is rural with lots of corn and cattle and although probably a stretch we were told that every family has a horse. We served 125 people which is a new record for MDP! The whole team worked very hard and showed great compassion. At the end of the day as we prepared to leave, the people gathered and made an announcement that this community had never been served like this before. The people were beautiful, happy and kind. We arrived back in Coapilla about 6:30 pm and the Sisters at the Convent served us a great meal.
On Saturday, we made a short 15 minute drive to LLano Grande. We worked out of a community clinic. Again, it was a great experience and everyone enjoyed the day. We served over 130 (Colette hasn´t tallied the final count for the day yet). It was another really big day. We worked hard and the people were wonderful. This was a coffee and corn area and the people suffered from a lot of pain and other ailments. When we got to the Convent for supper there was a 5 piece Marimba band and a wonderful meal waiting. They gave us certificates in appreciation for each team member.
Today we slept in late and gathered at the Convent at eight thirty for breakfast. We went to a wonderful Mass together. The priest mentioned us three times and had us come up to the front to introduce ourselves. The people applauded. At the end of Mass all of the children in the congregation came forward to sing a song with the priest and processed out with him. There were lots and lots of kids! It was really neat!
This afternoon we had another clinic in Coapilla. I snuck out early to send this message but all was going well. In the morning we will travel about 3 hours to San Cristobal. The internet and phone service should be much better there. We will hopefully be able to post pictures then.
Thanks for all of the support of our family and friends. We miss you and love you. All is going well here. The team is filled with really nice, hardworking people. We will be thinking of you each mile of the trip!
- Helen Peterson & the team