Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This last Saturday we had a great time as a family helping out at Gabriela Nunez with a “health day”. This is the church that Olivia and Ana are working with and they had learned that there are many health issues in the community. One of the main issues is the lack of clean water and the illnesses that go along with that. They organized this health day and brought in an organization with medical students to educate and help the community. The health students put on a couple different presentations on parasites, hygiene, sanitation, diseases, etc. They handed out pills for parasites to many of the people in the community—although there were some that would not take them as it is a very foreign idea to them which was eye opening to me. We washed lots of sweet little heads and did lice treatments. The little boys got hair cuts from Tyson and a few of the other guys and later we trimmed up some of the little girls' hair and a few of the ladies as well. The girls sang songs and played games with the kids and all in all it was a wonderful day. The community is located across the river and so we all piled into a boat to get to it. The village is very poor and the first house I encountered amazed me—just a platform with a roof and a little tiny areas with some plastic around it for sleeping. I can't imagine trying to stay dry and warm in the downpours we have, but that is what they have. This was a wonderful day and I was so thankful for the opportunity to serve these people and show them the love of Christ in a tangible way! Please continue to pray for this community, Ana & Olivia and the work they are doing out there for the Lord!