We left the hotel with the warning that it would be a two hour drive up into the mountains. Those of you reading this who were on the last trip when we went up the mountain know that the road can be bumpy, and steep with long drop offs to the side. The drive ended up being much shorter than expected and was a gradual rise in grade without the cliffs to the side of us. We were all grateful for that!!
The church was nestled in a beautiful area surrounded by farms growing coffee and bananas (and probably a lot of other things I didn't recognize). The people were warm and friendly and we felt very welcomed. We set up our usual stations for pill counting, exam areas, pharmacy area, eyeglasses and handing out the nets. We didn't seem as hurried with needing to get the pills counted and to the nurses, so several of us were able to go out and pray with people today. Debbie and I were prayer partners and set up chairs with our translator outside the church so that we could talk to people and pray for them after they had seen the doctor and had gotten their net. We were both struck by the number of prayer requests we received for eye problems. I wonder if there is an allergy issue this time of year up in the higher areas. Speaking of eyes, we brought 1/3 of our eyeglass supply for this village from those that were generously donated and that we had purchased. There was always a large crowd waiting and hoping that they would be able to find their match. It's my favorite thing on this trip to look over and see someone with a huge smile on their face as they read their bible.
Mid afternoon it started to rain which always worries me for our ability to get back down into town at the end of the day, eventually, the rain cleared and the sun came out drying the dirt/clay road enough for our vans to safely travel "home". We are all tired but I think we are not as exhausted as in days past. Maybe we are starting to get into this new rhythm of our days.
Please keep us in your prayers and pray for the people that we serve with and will encounter tomorrow when we return to the same village. Prayers for God's guidance, His will to be done and our obedience.
Thank you!! Karen Eisele