Good evening from Ecuador! Our time is flying by and it’s hard to believe that we only have one clinic day left and that will be flying home in just a couple of days. This evening we will be hearing from one of our team members, Brandon. Brandon, who is a nursing school student, was kind enough to write a little bit about his experience in Ecuador over the past few days. What follows is his perspective. Enjoy!
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.” Psalm 67:1-2
Hey Everyone! Day three of clinics is in the books! We have treated everything from urinary tract infection to URI’s and Heberdon nodes to rheumatoid arthritis. These people are in need of relief and look to us to help them. We have done everything we can to help together. Honestly, I have never seen a group of “What’s your name again?’s work together so well in my life.
I am blessed to be a part of this mission for many many reasons, because God is doing more on my heart than I can ever do for these men and women. Even still, through the pain and disappointment when there are conditions we cannot treat, these people take the time to smile and shake each individuals hand that had anything to do with their care. How amazing. This might be their culture but I like to think it has to do with what happens just before they walk into the clinic with our mission leaders, Christian and Eva.
As a student, I came in hopes to learn many things from our clinicians: Mrs. Henderson, Dr. Steven Yi and our nurses, but I think I have much to learn from the people here in Ecuador. They are patient, they are kind, they are willing to go the extra mile, and they have shown so far that they are dependable. These qualities have not only helped with the care provided this week, but shows their character as they press on far after we depart, to continue sharing God’s message day in and day out.
Which brings me to our tiny role in this whole plan God created when He started this pairing some 20 year ago. Essentially, we as a team were brought here to bring acute medical relief to the local people of villages around the capital of Quito. But the awesome Lord has provided much more to each person who finds their way to us. Thanks to the great work of Christian and Eva, the boys, girls, men, and women of the villages we work in get the opportunity to hear the truth of the eternal life. They get to hear that they can have with Christ as their Lord and Savior. THAT is what we are here for. THAT is the great relief these people so desire. As one member earlier this week put it, “We are simply the hook to reel in the people”. So all we can do is thank him daily for the opportunity He has given us to be this small piece in the saving of this beautiful nation and people within it.
P.S. The Ecuadorian food is delicious.
I hope you enjoyed hearing from the heart of one of our team members. Please continue to pray for us and we thank you for all the prayers that have been lifted to our Father. They have not gone unanswered.