Friday, September 3, 2010

Rain and more rain

Today we had clinic in Mactzul V, Tomas' community. Maury, Martina and I met in Chichi and drove to Mactzul V. Because of the roads still being a problem, we had to go a longer way around but eventually me made it. We met Marcos and Juan Rafael at the clinic.

It rained almost through the entire night but stopped early this morning. At Maury, Martina and I were making our way up a small hill the truck decided to have a mind of it's own and started to slide back down the hill. The girls squealed, "Sheri!" It is the first time I have ever heard them squeal!!

I remained calm and was just thankful the truck stopped when it did. The mud here is slick and you do not have any traction on it. Once we stopped, I just sat there for a minute for a Gracias a Dios and to sure they were ok. Quickly, they said, "We know another way!" We finished backing down the hill and then went on to Mactzul.

Maury and Juan Rafael unloading the medicine. Juan is a medical student and for a few weeks will be working with us.

Maury and Martina getting use to a different thermometer.

We had 13 patients for medical consult and 3 dental patients.

We had a few children today from the ABC Program. Many people have colds and low grade fevers.

One lady brought her mother because she has trouble sleeping. The longer we talked, she told us about her sons and husband drinking heavily and she is afraid for them being outside in the rain or afraid they will fall down the embankments. Her daughter is a member of the church in Mactzul but she is not.The mother told us that she has been thinking about being baptized but is afraid of water. We talked about that for quite a while and then prayed with her.

The girls and I talked more about this on our way home. We talked about how blessed we are to have mothers that are Christians. Many, many people are not this fortunate. Many people do not think baptism is important and yet there are so many examples in the New Testament of people being baptized. To suggest there is another way, without biblical proof, is not something we can do.

We must be buried though baptism to have that new life. Romans 6:3-4------Don't you know that all of us who were baptized to Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may have a new life.

Paul goes on to talk about how we are then united with Christ and the freedom we have in Christ. But, our freedom is not to think of other way that we can attain salvation.

I called Victor, they guy that we use when we take the babies to the coast to get a road update. He said that the road to the coast was closed and the river was rising. Because if this, I will opt to stay in Chichi for the weekend. I am disappointed but I will see the group on Friday in Antigua.

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