From Tuxtla to San Juan and on to Copillia
This posting is being typed on Sunday evening. I’m sorry it won’t be on the blog until tomorrow at the earliest. We have just finished our day and there is no internet café open. But rest assured that all is well with our MDP team!
After our Morning Prayer, we left our hotel in Tuxtla at about 7 a.m. The van is loaded with suitcases stacked up to the ceiling. Our driver is very good. We stopped to purchase a few more medicines which actually were needed by patients today. Our drive up into and even in a tunnel through the mountain was spectacular. This area of the Chiapas region supplies about 30% of Mexico’s electricity. We saw a huge hydroelectric dam and very pretty mountain views.
Arriving at our destination in San Juan, we were greeted by a lovely and sweet nun “Hermana Mary.” She is a very tiny little lady with a beautiful smile. We worked out of the village school today, People lined up in long lines for numbers and stayed as long as we stayed anxiously waiting to been seen by the doctors.
It was a very peaceful town and the people are gentle and happy. Many of them deal with severe pain throughout their whole bodies as a result of difficult physical labor and it is good that we can give them some relief. We took information from 107 people and were able to see and help 92. We had even more folks in line who were disappointed when we had to close up our clinic and head back for our 2 hour drive back to Copilla where we are staying. We will return to San Juan for a celebration they are having in our honor tomorrow night after our clinic in another town. Then we will work in San Juan again on Tuesday. It is difficult to have to turn people away but at least we can know that we are doing our best to help as many as we can.
We had supper at the Convent of the Sister of the Sacred Eucharist tonight with Fr. Ricardo of the local parish. The team is working hard and enjoying each other’s company. More later…