I am now at home sitting in front of my own computer and it is really the first opportunity I have had to fully read the blog and the comments. I am able to take my time, soak in the words and the beautiful pictures and allow the tears to slowly slide down my face.
First I would like to thank the entire team. Each brought his or her own unique gifts and without them we would not have had the incredible experience we have had, but I feel the need to speak a bit about Helen. Helen does a lot of our blogging and really encourages other team members to share their perspective. She also is the one who posts all the pictures. Because of her talents we are able to bring the story to those of you back home. She is an extremely talented writer and as I read the blog this morning it completely brought me back to Mexico. She displays at all times a genuine desire to serve the person in front of her. Whether that be helping a provider gather his medicine, listening to other team members challenges or sharing her smile and playfulness with the people of Mexico. Lia has given her the title of "Disaster Prevention Specialist" and I must say it is very fitting!
In reflecting on our week and our very busy clinic days I am struck by the faith the people we served placed in us. As I watched them lined up on benches sometimes waiting for hours I wondered, what do they think about us? How do they seem to trust us so much? Then I thought, well they have a lot of faith. They believe in our intent to do good and they are not second guessing our motivation. I also thought maybe some of them are so desperate for help that even if they are concerned they believe it is worth the risk if something we can provide will help.
One of the things that is always difficult for me is if we need to turn patients away. I feel responsible for each of the team members and for how we are perceived in each community. Of course I want to serve every person but sometimes that is not possible and it is difficult to see the disappointment on their faces and then also the disappointment on the faces of the team members when they realize that others were hoping to be seen. It is just a fact and something I have to accept but it is not easy. I try to focus on all who were seen and not the few who were not, and I trust that God put in line the ones He really felt needed to be seen. I need to keep in mind that He is truly the team leader and I am His worker.
Again I would like to say thank you to all of you back home who followed our mission and kept us in your prayers. We felt them every step of the way.
God Bless You!