These pictures tell the story of our time with CPC:
Mary Jane Friend (in pink) held a women’s meeting to share how to have a gift of hospitality from the heart, regardless of how much you have or don’t have. Dr Sylvia Ruiz talked to the mothers about what to feed and how to care for their babies. A much needed teaching here. ( some
mothers were giving cow’s milk from birth and another gave water with sugar) We saw very sick children. Infantigo and eye infections were rampant with no caution to isolate them. Over a hundred women showed up; toward the end of the meeting, they split the group and Mary Jane talked to the older women about the responsibility they had to teach the younger women and Dr Sylvia took
questions and taught the younger mothers.
Dr Jim and Betty Jo Green- pioneers of the medical ministry of Gathering Hearts, brought down three new doctors(Dr Jonathan Friend, Dr Chris Stokes, Dr Sylvia Ruiz, as well as returning doctor, Dr Wendy McConnell; Debbie Plaster, dental, plus nurses and staff to hold our largest medical out reach yet, treating nearly 900. patients.
Dr Jonathan Friend
Barbara Drew, physical therapist, ran the mission center pharmacy. She was tenacious, hundreds of medication prescriptions to fill with this many patients, some of which had multiple meds.
Debbie Plaster, dental
Mark Bullard one on one witnessing
Laura Fowler (longtime family friend) Urgent Care nurse, came back to
the mission soaked from skin out. She processed every patient seen on
site. Hard job.
People waiting on the porch for medical care; this one does not convey the crowds we had. Some people came at 6 in the morning to get a place in line, we had others waiting outside the wall to get in. The baby being held on the right waiting on the porch was seriously ill; very little we could do for her. Some of these would tear your heart out. Some will be terminal if we can’t get some surgeries…..do pray for that.
Children’s ministry during clinics
Debbie Plaster with translator
Barbara Drew ran pharmacy in mission center, this time Chris, our teacher had to help her translate and help fill the prescriptions; she was always the last one done. No one complained.
Linda Bullard, with translator, did one on one witnessing and counseling.
Devotions were held each night
This was not all that we have, but we stacked some of it on tables to be packed. Consuelo, factory manager, had a lot to do with the making of these tote bags Alfredo and Cindy carried in a load of the crosses from the carpentry class
Church Sunday morning with the team
Some of the team, especially the new ones, went to see the historic Spanish fort near here on the ocean. I did not get pictures of their beach excursion, but I am sure others got some. They had a wonderful time, in spite of the van getting stuck in the sand !
One of the village sites where we provided med care
Dr Wendy McConnell with one of the bags