DR. KENZIE BARTON:A couple days ago I removed infected toenails of a young boy and numerous warts on a little girl. Throughout our time, shots have been given, and a girl has been in labor. Through all of this, I have not seen patients cry out in pain or resist unpleasant procedures. They keep a straight face, stay quiet, and hold still. For those of us from the United States, this is quite unusual to witness, particularly from children. I could attribute this phenomenon to our precise doctoring skills– numbing areas perfectly, etcetera– but I don’t think this is the answer. The people of Honduras have an unparalleled stoicism. They are tough and endure hardship with a straight face. This perseverance speaks to their ability not only to tolerate medical procedures but to endure the harsh conditions this country throws at them. From weather to disease to terrain, Honduras strains the people who live here. It burdens families and takes lives too soon. It turns a 30 year-old into seemingly a 60 year-old. The strength of the people is necessary…it’s admirable…and it’s a quality on which we all can work. We give thanks to God for this example He shows through His Honduran people.
Today in the Limon clinic we saw 176 patients and gave 674 prescriptions as we finished our final clinic of the trip. It was a full day, but not as large as yesterday’s clinic in Icoteas. As we wrapped up today’s clinic a lot of time was spent cleaning up the clinic and organizing the supplies, medical equipment and pharmacy for the next season. The best news from clinic today was that 10 adults gave their life to Christ!
Today the youth team spent the morning speaking and sharing the Gospel at a school with over 150 teenagers from Limon. Alex Greer, Kaitlyn Kempson and Kaitlyn Street shared their testimonies and others did games, skits and music. At the end of the presentation at least 10 students gave their life to Christ! After we finished at the school we went to the orphanage where we put in book shelves and books for the children. After lunch the students served in the clinic and then we all went to the Orphanage to spend time with the children and have our annual party with the kids. Leaving Limon is never easy, but it’s comforting to know that these children have a safe place to stay and they are eating and being educated in school. Many tears were shed tonight because these children are part of our family and it’s never easy to say goodby to family. All the children send their love and appreciation to Ebenezer for your prayers, support and love for them. Thank you church for always caring so well for the least of these!
Tomorrow (Wednesday) we travel by van and then planes to Roatan. We will be there doing a health fair and worship service at Pastor David Kelly’s church. We will fly home from there on Saturday.
** This morning the Tuareg Cross was passed from Dr. Connor to Kim Andrews.
…By the way, the wifi in Limon has been little to none. If you haven’t heard from your family – that’s why. Everyone is good!!