The idea of heavy rains and mud was in the back of our minds through the drive. We had decided that if we could not make it all the way to the church building, we would park farther up the road and carry everything down. Getting stuck is one of my main fears. It is not like there are tow-truck services in a phone book :):):)
One thing I wanted to mention is the way they make reference to the place they meet for worship. In The States we may call it, "the church" or "the church building". Here it is referred to as, la casa de oración, the house of prayer.
We decided we could make it all the way down but I told the guys if we saw sight of rain, we may want to move the truck right away. The road had become like black ice......the black mud had been packed down very hard, there was no traction.....it was easy to slip and slide on it.
There is always great participation from The Church in Chutzurob! There were 3 men and 3 women there to help us! We had 23 patients and things could not have gone any more smoother. They had already decided who would help me with translation and who would pray with the patients after consult.
This lady brought her baby of 5 months with a rash. Her little body was covered but she enjoyed playing and smiling.
After 9 patients, the guys came and told me that we would be getting rain soon and maybe we should move the truck. I got the truck turned around with no problem but then could not get traction on the packed areas. They tossed some sand down in front of the tires and then I had no problems making it up the hill.
These are some of the children from the area.
One lady had very high blood pressure today. We started her on some medicine and she will visit us in Chuchipaca next week so we can check her blood pressure again. One lady had been having seizures but since starting her medicine has not had any.
There was a good variety of patients today. Some with regular church homes and some without. This is a great opportunity for The Church to teach and strengthen their community. When people are sick and do not know where to go, Christians can extend an arm of love to those who are in need. It is exactly what Christ and the disciples did in the New Testament. Please continue to pray for Chutzurob and their community.
We had a good drive home. At first we were all excited, talking about the clinic and what a good day it was. I stopped and got us some Cokes and bread for our lunch. As the truck got warm and we had some good music on, I think everyone began to get a little sleepy. I dropped the guys off and will see them on Tuesday.........