Today was our free day and we spent it on the lake. We went to Santiago first, saw the church where Father Stan was murdered back in 1981. Hard to believe the violence these people suffered such a short time ago. We had a great lunch on a rooftop and then did some souvenir shopping. We left Santiago and went to San Antonio de Palopal for a short visit. This communtiy is still recovering from the devastating mudslides and there was evidence of new construction around along with many tents from people who lost their homes.
Yesterday was a fabulous day! We held clinic in a communtiy called Cerro de Orros. It is a communtiy the parish had never visited. The people of the communtiy all spoke their native tongue which is Tzsututil. It was fascinating to listen to. The communtiy was really well prepared for us and each station had its own tzsututil interpreter. We saw everyone they needed us to. We saw lots of children with different developmental disabilities and unfortunately one child who was 2 years 8 months old and only weighed 10lbs. Sometimes the things we see are heartbreaking and more so when we can really do nothing to help. Many people here we were able to help and they were so grateful! I explained the medicine to them in spanish and then the interpreter explained it in their native tongue. They laughed and smiled a lot, I am sure partly at my spanish!! The team is running like a well oiled machine. We are working hard together and having fun too. Last night we went to the Toliman and enjoyed a great dinner. We will have clinic tomorrow and Saturday. I will try to check in again. Keep us in your prayers.