It’s hard to believe that the the trip is coming to an end. These trips always go by so fast because there is always something going on and indeed much has gone on since the last update about the first two clinic days. We have done two more clinic days!
Our third clinic was located in a area of Quito called Carapungo. This was kind of an exciting place because it was in the city and we had no idea what to expect because this location was added on much later after the vision trip. We pulled up to this tiny little church and the place was already crowded with people waiting to be seen. In other words we were already starting a little behind. But, after a time of prayer together, we got right to work. And work it was. There were many many large families. In fact, our very first patient was a family of 8! And this trend would continue for much of the day. By the end of the day we saw 174 people. There was so much hustle and bustle in this little church with people everywhere, babies crying, and neighbors reuniting that it felt like a marketplace. But despite the busyness of it all you could definitely see that this area just had more resources then our previous locations. Patients we saw were already seeing local physicians and were monitoring their own health. We rarely saw any serious physical needs and that carried over to the spiritual side as well. While the Gospel was presented often and a few people were asking further questions, it seemed the sufficiency of the area affected peoples perception of their need for Christ And that is what struck me, because that it is very similar in our culture. We don’t think we need Christ because we have all we need and can manage so much on our own. But that thinking is a lie. Our greatest need is Christ. So pray for our own community to be awakened from our sufficient slumber to see their need for Christ and pray for the many people of Carapungo to be awakened from their sufficient slumber.
But then came yesterday. We went out to a rural area called Catzuqui de Placer. This was a totally different experience. This experience started with a delicious breakfast provided by the local church members. It included delicious fresh fruit cups, warm fresh bread, and scrambled eggs. And all of this was provided by members of the local church. It was one way they wanted to participate in the effort and serve. It truly was a great start to a new day. After that stop to fuel up, our vans continued down more dirt/dusty roads to arrive at our location. Right away, you could tell this location was more impoverished than in Carapungo. We helped people with deep, open wound ulcers, educated parents and families on the importance of nutrition because there were some nutrition deficiencies in many folks. We saw a little girl with hip dysplasia likely from birth that was never fixed and was now causing problems and host of other heartbreaking physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. Despite all of that though, the people here were very appreciative and thankful that we came to love on them and take as best care of them as we could. It was a little slower day but we were able to see 115 people. There were more Gospel conversations at this clinic site and God was pleased to save one person here – a young teenager surrendered her life to Christ. There are so many physical needs in the world and we can use those physical needs to minister to those whose greatest need is to shake of the slumber of self-sufficiency and find soul satisfaction in Christ.