Good Morning from San Lucas. We arrived with no problems at the airport in Guatemala City. Everyone made it through customs like a pro. We arrived in San Lucas in time for evening Mass. It is great to see the church full and overflowing. The Mass is meaningful even to those of us with no Spanish.
Monday morning we held clinic in Totolya which is a small village in conjunction with two other villages. This is a relatively new village which has been built after a mudslide destroyed the three original villages. The people in this village work for a finca or coffee plantation.
We saw just under 40 patients with multiple issues. Many like us have coughs and fevers. Most of our patients were women and children because the coffee cutting had begun. The leaves are cut back on the coffee plants so the sun can reach the beans and ripen them.
Our drivers are most courteous in getting us everywhere we need to be. The roads are still in need of repair, so the speed is a bit slower than normal. We ride in the back of a pickup with benches and rollbars. So that is 10 people and 5 suitcases full of supplies. We are hoping to consolidate and get fewer suitcases in the mix.
We have received many blessings and joys from just one day in clinic. Games have been played with the children who are so happy. It is so fun to play and interact with them. Doc Jim had a small concert sung for him after one of his clinic patients. We have learned so much from the many people we have been in contact with in one. day.
We will try to send another message tonight when we are done with our day.
MDP Team Members