Excitement was building this morning as we gathered for a team photo in our tan Woodlands scrubs. Today marked the first day of the clinic. After breakfast we walked to Iglesia Mundial Extendido, the church hosting the clinic. It took some time to set up and equip each medical station. The pastor and leaders of Mundial Extendido brought everyone together to thank our team for serving and pray for God's blessing on the day. Everyone took their places and the doors were opened.
This year, the clinic offers general medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, blood pressure/glucose screenings, GYN, optical, pharmacy, family portraits, and spiritual services. A patient would first go through triage area and speak with one of our team members about their particular ailment or need. Our volunteers would guide them to the proper station to be seen by a medical professional. Chairs are set up if they need to wait. While waiting for physicans, patients can be weighed and have their blood pressure and/or glucose checked. After the patient is seen, they have the option to go through the "spiritual clinic". The leaders of the church are available to share the Gospel and pray for each person. The medical clinic is hosted by the church as a way to help meet the physical needs of their community, but the leaders have the bigger vision to impact the community for Christ. We are privileged to be a part of their vision.
All in all, the clinic ran very smoothly. We had over 120 people come for the medical services. We are very grateful to have the volunteer help from members of Iglesia Mundial Extendido and Medical Students from Guatemala City. The students are very helpful to the doctors not only in translating, but with the knowledge of medicine and local culture. These students are very friendly and eager to learn. As we prepare for the day tomorrow, please pray that the clinic would continue to run smoothly, we would continue to gel as a team, and that we can show God's love.