It's our final morning here in San Lucas, and really it's not much of a morning, per se, as we depart for Antigua an hour after breakfast. Despite the short goodbye to San Lucas, it's worth spending some time in reflection.
It's almost a certainty that our team - if granted unlimited supplies and resources - would simply stay here for an undisclosed amount of time. We've loved serving the people of San Lucas, but more than that we've loved serving alongside the people of San Lucas as well. Despite the supplies we brought and the doctors that treated patients, this clinic is mostly the brainchild of Iglesia Mundial Extendido and its united people...and they brought a new meaning to united.
A healthy multi-generational church is a seemingly coveted thing in our US evangelical culture (fortunately Woodlands is such), yet Mundial Extendido has clearly achieved this with ease. Volunteers from their church - aged 10 to 60 or higher - worked immensely hard to prepare for this week, make this week run smoothly, and close out the week well. People in blue pullover vests signified help to both our team and the patients we were treating. Because of the language barrier, the "people in the blue vests" were often the ones to direct the almost 900 patients we saw throughout the clinic...900 patients (888 to be exact)! They worked tirelessly with a united heart toward serving God and their community; we were along for the ride. These people, despite their limited resources, dreamt big and prayed that God would allow them some way to reach their community for His name.
They indeed owned this cause, but owned it with the utmost of humility in allowing a bunch of English speaking gringos to come into their church and take the lead for a week. I can honestly say that the humility of Mundial Extendido's leadership has impacted us. We owe them a great thanks.
One of our team members mentioned that, though Mundial Extendido's building wasn't the "nicest" of buildings, the people made the building more comfortable through their hearts and service. Wow. The church is truly not a building, but found in the hearts of men and women who faithfully follow God.
So with that we regretfully say good bye to San Lucas Toliman and to our dear friends and family in Christ. Until next time....