Today was our last clinic together. As usual we finally get things going smoothly just as we are finishing up. A well-oiled machine. Tricia and Dick set up the pharmacy and get “help” from everyone but never get upset from our “input." We were in a small clinic with 3 rooms. John and Patricia were in one, Jo in another and the pharmacy in the last. Carol and I were in a small hall outside the bathroom.
We saw about 45 people and had to leave early to have a tour of the parish and the activities it supports to help the Mayan people help themselves. The day was beautifully sunny with a perfect temperature.
Our group has come together so well. As Carol put it, we started as acquaintances and finish as friends. Jo and John have not let anyone get away without playful teasing – both patients and teammates alike. It has kept things wonderfully loose and has allowed us to get to know each other better. They even got Jesus Antonio (the stoic medical coordinator from the parish) to smile and giggle a little. A feat rarely accomplished by MDP members. We did get him to play some soccer some soccer on Saturday.
The word that has continually come to me this week is Faith:
Faith in our MDP leaders – who did a great job making sure we had everything we needed.
Faith in each other.
Faith in following our call to come here.
Faith from the people who come to see us that we will help them and they are incredibly thankful for anything we can do.
Faith in our Lord who has given us the opportunity to show His work through us.
Thank you to all of you who have helped this week become a reality by your thoughts and prayers and your Faith in us. We will see you soon
- Rich Peller