The second day of our medical mission started out with a devotion by Karen Eisele. She reminded us that although we may feel weak and spent, God is strong. We can draw on His strength. We all noticed that we felt stronger as the day progressed.
After a bumpy ride, we arrived back at the village church and work began. Since work areas were already set up, patients were able to be seen much quicker. There were thousands of people waiting to see the doctors and/or the dentist. The dentist did a booming business today, pulling many teeth. Thankfully, they have Novocain this year. Some of the children screamed, and some of the little ones were very stoic and did not make a sound. Well over 1000 people received care today.
As I was taking a break from pharmacy duty, walking around the church yard, I was approached by a man and 2 women. The man spoke English and told me that he had both of his wives with him and needed to talk to a pastor. I went and got one of the pastors and he came out to talk to the family.
When medications ran out, we passed out the remaining mosquito nets designated for that village and headed back to the hotel. We quickly organized the remaining supplies and Doug went off to purchase medications for tomorrow. We must all be missing American food, because we all had either hamburgers or pizza for dinner.
While writing this blog entry in the hotel lobby, a lovely Muslim family came in and had an interesting chat with Karen Odell and I. The father grew up in Uganda, and the family lives in London. The family (mother, father, aunt, and 3 girls in early 20's) are traveling Uganda to see where the dad grew up. They were very interested in our mission and enjoyed looking at pictures from the day. I explained that although we provide medical care, the main goal of our mission is to share the gospel.
It was a successful day.