Last day in Maraita
This is our hard-working medical team. They saw 97 patients on Wednesday (half day of clinic on the day they arrived), 579 patients on Thursday, 400 patients on Friday, and 150 patients on Saturday. That is a grand total of 1,226 patients in less than four days! (Plus one more; story below!)
This is the pharmacy team who fulfilled any perscriptions for all of the patients mentioned above. Busy, busy, busy! They doled out medicine and vitamins, and were nearly out of everything by the end of the week.
This is the clothes closet team. By the end of the week, all of the clothes of every size had been given away! Thank you so much to those of you who donated clothing. They are greatly appreciated, and helped our team show the love of Christ in a very real way to the people of Maraita.
Our team will be heading out Sunday morning bright and early. They must leave Maraita by 7am to reach the Children's Home in time for church service. Saturday afternoon was spent packing and cleaning. As of Saturday evening, all of the clinic supplies are packed. But, since the team will still be sleeping there another night, they will have to get up early to finish packing and hit the (very bumpy!) road on time.
The very last patient at the clinic was a bit of a surprise. After the team had packed up much of the supplies, a 13-year-old boy who had fallen on a machete came into the clinic with a deep cut on his hand.
The medical team immediately gathered supplies and prepped him for stitches.
Dr B got to work repairing the injured hand. And, as if just to make the story a little more interesting, the power went out...
With the help of several flashlights (including a cell phone!), Dr B was able to successfully stitch up the cut. Thankfully, the boy was able to return home, and should make a full recovery.
The evening service on Saturday was about children, referencing Ephesians 6:1-4. Approximately 150 people attended. FBC, thank you for your precious prayers over this trip. Our team has felt their power, and seen God's mighty hand at work in Maraita.
Our team requests prayers for:
-safe travel in the upcoming days
-that the seeds planted in the hearts of the people of Maraita may grow
-Pastor Manuel and the members of the local Baptist church in Maraita (pictured above & below)
-continued health and safety for the duration of the trip
-family members of the team waiting at home
And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Mark 16:15