Becca’s Blurbs

So today’s clinic was in the mountains of Cebu in a little village called Bonbon (I hope I spelled that right). The ride up had some of the most beautiful views that I have ever seen. Mountains, blue skies, and the greenest trees graced a destitute slum.This same theme traveled into the village itself. It was beautiful and terrifying. These people have nothing. This view is their life, as is the cardboard roofed hut they live in. Yet, even with the dirty floors, mangy dogs and cardboard rooftops I saw smiles. Children playing with sticks and running under their umbrella (which was the roof of one of the huts I saw), families laughing and sharing a meal together. People going about everyday life. Work, school, and home life don’t stop even in poverty. I was struck by how many of them were poor. I was struck by the thought that this picture was what my heart used to look like, and what some of these people’s hearts look like. Destitute. Thinking I had everything, when the only thing I have is a hut with a cardboard boxed roof. Without Christ, we are poor and have nothing. We need the gospel to bring us from the hut, into the mansion with Him and the Father. Realizing this, once again, brought me to a realization: I need Jesus. For this clinic. For this missions trip. For my whole life.

As far as the clinic today, it was well run. We had a good flow and the team worked really well together. Even in the rain and bug bites, we stayed strong. I could tell we really blessed these lovely people. At the end of the pharmacy line, they received a Bible in their language, that encouraged me. Most of these people don’t have access to a Bible in a language they can understand. I take so many things for granted: Fresh produce, toilet seats, toilet paper, a sink in every area I need one, and clocks. I really miss accessible clocks. I’ll probably get over it. Maybe.

Last thing I’ll say before I bore you all. God is doing such an amazing work here. Not only with this trip, but these churches who reach out to the communities. God is working. Thank you for your prayers, support and love.  Soli Deo Gloria.

Pictures from day two…

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Pictures of Katie and two patients Craig performed procedures on
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Mandi working pharmacy
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Ben working triage
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Tom assisting lots of people through the room (it's set up like a little maze!)
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Tom making people's day! It was a long wait!
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Each of the providers caring and praying for patients

Thanks. . .

Thanks to God for more needed meds and a greater variety of medical conditions which required (this is a good thing) us to use up a greater variety of medications.  God is really providing and doing a work.  Will post more when our day ends along with pictures of yesterday and today, for now to the mountains we go….

More thoughts from Tom

Kid’s smiles have been my motivation. Being a grandpa, my most important job is being the tickle monster. That same goofiness that makes the grand-kids laugh, is how I’ve been able to serve best. I’ve been making many smiles and  if I can bring the love of Jesus that way I am more than satisfied.

I’m an RN but the 3 lady RNs  are doing a fantastic job in Pharmacy. I’m not needed there. I’m helping testing urine samples for UTI’s and go figure, I’m doing pregnancy tests… that’s funny because I never even did that with my wife. Pharmacy is the one area where flow can get backed up, but Jesse has mentored Becca and Mandi well and they are running a tight ship.

Justin and Craig can be seen praying with patients, which is another way to share the love of Christ. Holistic medicine at its best!!!

Today’s camp is he last one in Cebu City. Tomorrow we travel to the mountain village at BobBon to do a medical camp there.

Larry Malament our SGC representative and seasoned medical mission leader has shown a boldness I’ve not witnessed before …  tackling the street traffic. It’s common to for pedestrians to walk in front of oncoming traffic. What was uncommon for me was seeing Larry do that. My pastor is a brave man, for a golf lover, his macho factor just went way up 🙂

I try posting again some other time. Right now I’m exhausted and we all have a big day ahead of us tomorrow.

Bye for now.

Please keep praying for stamina for us older team members, and for our achy joints and bones.

 

A blog from Tom. . .

First full day of medical camp. Today we had a pediatrician Amie, the wife of the pastor from Bohol. It really helped speed up seeing the patients.  A couple of procedures were done today by Craig our Nurse Practitioner.  Katie our doctor saw her share of women and children too. Triage ran smooth with our EMTs doing a great job speeding up and slowing down as needed to keep the flow going.  Pharmacy was super busy as usual also giving  meds to a semi related dental camp. The lady RNs, Marilyn and “Doctor wannabe Malament”. For me I was able to continue to entertain the kids and some moms too with animal ballons. The church has been super helpful with translation and flow….be back with more in a bit.

First day of clinics

Where to begin? The day started with a church service at the church of His Dwelling, upon arrival the little room was packed full with what we’re estimating was over 200 people and out the door.  According to pastor only about a tenth of these people were church members, nearly everyone was there to be seen by “the team.” The worship music was powerful and cannot be described in words,  hearing an entire culture and nation sing songs we all love and know was incredible (we sang ‘oh happy day,’ ‘light of the world’ among several others).  The Lord really blessed the service and allowed pastor Lynn about 20 minutes to share the gospel (done very eloquently I might add) prior to medical care being given. The patients triaged with our wonderful EMT’S and paramedics. The patients were then sent to Katie and Craig (Katie pretty much saw women and children when able). From Katie and Craig they were sent to pharmacy to pick up medicines where Jessy ran the pharmacy.  A few bumps in the road today included Becca getting sick and dropping her BP (recooped quickly and had rejoined us by the mid afternoon), one young girl passed out (she was ok), and certain meds are being used quicker than expected, please pray for the meds and the people here.  Today we saw over 300 people and many were sent home to come back tomorrow (the original plan was to do 3 hours today and we did about 8 hours). The need is great but the people are kind and patient,  pray we receive the people tomorrow with kindness and love and that we treat people appropriately and efficiently.

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The church service
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Strategizing the best way to organize
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Craig praying with patients
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Justin triaging patients
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Katie doing her thing with the children
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Tom making the kids day by making balloon animals for then

Prep day

If you’d like to call today day one,  very well.  We arrived at the airport this morning and are finally going to get some sleep now.  We had a very blessed day organizing the medicines, we have over 600 lbs of medications!  Shout out to Jessy who really ran the show organizing the different categories of medicines. We had dinner with the pastor and his wife that we are working with, they are extremely kind people.  Tomorrow we start,  please keep us in your prayers,  specifically that        through all of it Christ is given all the glory and that we would have hearts for Christ and His people.

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Different area labeled according to the service offered in that corner of the room

Safe & Sound

We arrived safely about two hours, praise God we got through customs without any problems!! The total flight time was an average of 17 hours after leaving LAX. The flight was long, but no major complications physically or otherwise. The Filipino people from the church here greeted us with overwhelming kindness at the Cebu
airport. The plan today is to organize and discuss, tomorrow God willing we will hit the ground running.
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