Wednesday - Day 1 in Pologua

Posted on: 04/25/2018

Author: Pelton, Joyce A

The devotion this morning focused on how God has filled each of us with unique talents - talents that we are called to use to serve His people. But many of us shared feelings of worry, concern, and anxiety about how we would be able to use and coordinate our talents to serve the people of Guatemala. One person told the story about how he was rushing to the various clinics to ensure the doctors, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, and translators had what they needed. He was feeling overwhelmed. He then realized that he should be tranquil because God is in control. God will lead us to the right place at the right time. And when we are there, he will inspire us to use our talents to serve his people.

The clinic was at a new location on Wednesday - Pologua Village. When we arrived at the site of the clinic, there was a very long line with hundreds of people waiting for the Faith In Practice team.  Beatriz Yollanda was the first person in the long line. She is 23-years-old from the village of San Miguel Ixtahuacan which is about a 15 minute walk from the clinic. Her husband is a volunteer at the clinic. She came to the clinic for a woman's examination. Oh, and to make sure she would be able to see the doctor, she was in line at 2:00 am. She waited in line for over 6 hours to make sure the doctors and nurses from Faith In Practice would be able to examine her.

Rudy was a patient at the wheelchair clinic. He has several medical conditions that were not properly diagnosed and treated so he now has no use of his legs and very little use of his arms. George realized with proper therapy and braces, Rudy has an excellent chance of walking one day. George gave Rudy referrals so that he could get treatment and braces. But he still very much needs the wheelchair today, so George fitted the chair, explained how to use the chair, and coached him as he used the wheelchair. Rudy and his family rolled away with very big smiles.

And to complete the story on Beatriz Yollanda...  During her examination, the doctors told her she was pregnant and showed an ultrasound of her baby. The people in the room realized they were in the right place at the right time.

Team Johnson finished late in the day after seeing hundreds of patients. We were a little tired, a little sore, and maybe a little hungry. But we all felt that we had used our talents to serve God's people.