Last night (Friday) after a supper of delicious carrot soup and cheesy fried guisquil we went back to the hotel for a presentation from the spoon guys. They are 8 guys who are very poor and for additional income carve wooden kitchen utensils . These are carved from wood that has fallen down. None of the wood is cut from trees for these utensils. About 20 percent of the proceeds go to help students with their studies and widows with no family to support them. Some of our group were able to watch a “real” basketball game at the town square. They were high school age kids who participate in these tournaments.
Today (Saturday) started as usual with morning devotions on the rooftop with the sun starting to peek over the mountain top. After breakfast we headed to Quixaya (kee-shy-ah) for a short, hot busy day of clinic. Our 40 patients presented with gastritis, parasites, scabies, and the usual respiratory problems. We saw many adorable children in clinic that enjoyed the comedy of Chuck and his amusing antics. Since this was our last day of clinic we took all the medicines to the bodega (parish pharmacy warehouse) for use throughout the year.
Tonight after a team debriefing and a sharing of stories that have touched our hearts, we will pack up and prepare to leave San Lucas in the morning after Mass and breakfast.
While most of us were at the bodega, Sara and Chuck were given the tour of the projects that the San Lucas Parish mission is involved in. They visited the hospital, the Women's Center, the coffee area, the gardens and the reforestation project. This is always a meaningful tour to be a part of.
Each day we are aware of the caring thoughts and prayers from our family and friends from home. We are truly blessed both by the people here and you at home who keep us in your thoughts and prayers,
-Colette, Carol, Sara, Nancy, Chuck
MDP Team Members