Friday, July 4, 2014
After much planning and anticipation, furlough has begun. So far we have been in three different locations, made three different presentations, and we haven't even been in the US for a week. But, the fun way for things to kick off is with the 4th of July celebrations! Cookouts and pool parties have been on the agenda for most of our dinners! And who gets sick of that?! The big firework display will be tomorrow, hosted by the largest chip company in the State. We keep hearing amazing things about it and can't wait to see it! This week we have also been spoiled, and been staying at a great Bed and Breakfast in the middle of Amish country. We have seen many a working farmsteads and visited some farmers markets along the roadside with some amazing vegetables and baked goods. We have spoiled ourselves with some goodies including Starbucks, home made ice cream, and even lunch at an English Pub.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
This week we have a mixed group of medical and construction folks. We put on a full medical brigade in all three of our church planting areas of La Fe, Las Delicias, and Armenia Bonito. We had physicians, physical therapy, an optometrist, and some medical and nursing students, nurses, and other great support staff! All in all we had 565 patient visits.
The highlight of the week was with Joe, the visiting optometrist. We had a little five year old visit him. Justin, the five year old, complained of having an extremely difficult time seeing anything. His mother confirmed this, and after his examination, Joe agreed completely. Joe said for all intense and purposes he was blind. After looking through the glasses that were available, he placed the right ones on little Justin's face. Justin's little face IMMEDIATELY broke out into a grin from ear to ear. He could see....basically for the first time in his life. He couldn't stop smiling and refused to take off his glasses. Granted, they were adult sized glasses on a tiny little face, but he just didn't care!!!!!!
One of our visiting team mates, Linda, was standing about ten feet away from him and held up two fingers and asked him how many fingers she held up. While he jumped up and down, clapping his little hands, with the biggest joyous smile on his face he stated, "Tiene dos!!!!!!" (You have two). He was blind...and now he could see....
Little Justin proudly and gleefully showing off his new eyes!
"I once was lost, but now am found....was blind but now I see..."