Greeting friends and families. Thanks for taking time to read the blog. I hope you will get a taste of what the team here is experiencing as you do, and that you will take a moment (or two) to pray for us. The church we are partnering with here in San Lucas Toliman, Iglesia Mundial Extendido, has been praying for three years for the opportunity to host a medical clinic. They have been just super partners and real servants in all respects.
We have a unique team that God has obviously called together. In addition to the folks here at the church, there are the sixteen of us from Wisconsin, seven medical students from Guatemala City, two translators from here in San Lucas Toliman and, of course, Oscar and Karla Chiquito. Dr. Steve's team (Don Hess, Peter Iannelli, Cindy Knoble and Mary Beth Slezak) has been very busy in optical. They have seen hundreds of folks and many can now see, some who were almost blind. Dr. Steve spent a couple of hours teaching and training on Sunday afternoon and now has four mini-teams assessing and fitting people to eye glasses while he does surgery. (Seven procedures today alone.)
The medical side is comprised of Drs. Jarabek, Wilhelm, and Montgomery. They are very ably assisted by our only RN Jolene Montgomery and her equally able side kick Vicki Griffin. These two ladies have been just a joy to watch. They have broken their area into pediatrics and general medicine. By today (day 2) they have unleashed the medical students in many ways and are very patient in taking time to teach.
Our pharmacist, Doug Knoble and his team (Nancy Hess and Seve Griffin [Griff]) are always the last out of the clinic and have done an outstanding job. Very precise and professional.
Barb Wilhelm fills the role heading up the photo clinic and being in charge of our blog. She has her team of volunteers running very smoothly and it is a joy to see many showing their friends their family photos.
Our logistics man, Michael Becker, has gotten to know and befriend most to the merchants in town! As well as the pharmacists and anyone else he thinks can provide whatever the team needs - like Chikis.
The medical students and translators have been invaluable and a joy to get to know.
Blessings and love to all!