Today we travelled to a very remote area near Pajalton Bajo (where we were yesterday), called Ktolte. We went off roading for a fair bit. We got to an area that the road was blocked due to recent weather and we got out of the van. We debated carrying the 5 large luggage bags that contained the medicines the rest of the way down a path instead of the road that was blocked. We were going to do that, but the people who lived there cleared the road and we decided to keep driving down on the dirt/ mud roads (good thing because it would have been about a 20 minute walk).
Later, we were debating whether or not to drive up this narrow muddy road carved into the side of a steep slope. Our driver told us he was going to go up it fast (less likely to get stuck). We all prayed in the van. Just as we were going to start, some of us envisioned the van sliding off the road and tumbling down the steep side, so we voted to not try it. We went another way and ultimately made it to their church where we were going to set up.
We made it to Ktolte and set up clinic just outside the church. It was foggy and cloudy and cold. Others who had been on previous mission trips thought this was the most remote location that they had been to.
Later in the day after lunch, they built a fire for us in a hut immediately adjacent to the clinic that we set up. I was warming up by the fire and there was a man in there who lives in Ktolte that spoke Spanish [in clinic we needed local translators again to translate English to Spanish to Tzotzil again as we did yesterday (Thank You is "colabal")]. I was "using my spanish" as Lia would tell us to do and he told me that the village had 300-400 people. Nobody really had any money there. Nobody had any real access to medical care. Most people worked in the fields. Rarely people would travel outside the community to look for work.
We saw 42 patients today to make it a total of 392 patients that we have served here so far. They are very beautiful people. I think we were a little more tired today than other days (lack of sleep here may be catching up with us).
Mary, Lia told me to tell you that we need more hits on the blog so you and others should go to the site (and leave comments too if you want).
We all miss everybody back home, but we know that we are also needed here and we are doing some good.