Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dead battery, Xepol and patient visit

When I was waiting for Manuel to arrive at the house this morning, Lisa called and told me the other truck had a dead battery.  For the last few weeks, we have really struggled with problems of the vehicles.  As soon as Kemmel gets one taken care of, something happens to another one.  I have my opinion on why this is happening and I will share that in a minute.

Gaspar and I went to Xepol today for clinic.  You may or may not remember but this area was hit hard with a mudslide a few months ago and they lost their building that they use for worship.  To proceed with clinic, we tied up some sheets for some protection and were able to continue.  Today, we were able to have clinic for the first time in a place they have built with lamina.

These were the children at clinic today.  Most of them played outside while their family members were seen.

A group photo with Gaspar and Tomas.  Tomas is the gentleman to the left and he always helps us with clinic.

After we finished with clinic, we drove back to Chuguexa to search out one of out patients.  I  mentioned Tomas in a previous blog.  He is the diabetic patient that has lost 46 pounds and his sons brought him to the last clinic in Chuguexa. His neighbors were a big help to us and when we found the house, his family invited us in.

He was sitting on the patio area.  He now uses crutches since he is able to walk without assistance.  He seemed to have a little more energy than last time we saw him but he is still very, very sick.

Gaspar and I visited with them for about an hour.  Gaspar read part of Hebrews, about faith, to the family. He talked to them about their relationship to God.  It was good to see Tomas feeling a little better and to meet his family. After seeing where he lives, it must take him an hour to walk to clinic. Not the easiest thing to do.........

Well, there are a lot of things in this world that are not easy...........we all know that. It is a reality that there are struggles. For us, right now, maintaining the trucks is a struggle.  I believe that Satan is as powerful now as he was in Bible days.  He will do everything in his power to prevent goodness, to prevent us from sharing truth and also to prevent people from opening their ears and eyes when they hear.

If he can find a way to discourage us, he will. We need to be strong and continue to do what we know is right.

James 4:7-10----Submit yourselves then to God.  Resist the devil ad he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners and purify  your hears, you double-minded.  Grieve, mourn and wail.  Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up.

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