Village Johnson Jalapa

After driving from Guatemala City to the old Colonial Capital of Antigua, we stopped to tour Casa de FeTrip information being discussed over lunch at Casa de FeView from upstairs at the Casa of the Mountains surrounding AntiguaChristie led a great opening devotional in the Chapel with music by TobeyI think quite a few of us thought we might have to get off the bus and help push to get up the mountain on Monday morningWhen we arrived at the church, there were several hundred people already waiting for usTwo of our dentist, Carlos & Bob, getting organized before seeing their first patientsThe church courtyard was decorated with streamersThe market was in full swing on the street adjacent to the churchTriage was the first stop for all incoming patients. Linda was careful to get all the correct informationThere was a steady line of patients waiting their turn all day longDr. Recinos talks with a patient in front of the makeshift exam room of sheets in the cornerTobey and Martha discussing a patientWe worked hard all morning just waiting to see what great meal LeRoy and Chris would come up with for lunch and they never failed to impress usChris helping a patient with her new walker.  Even in its lowest setting it was still too tall for this short ladyPhil freezing warts off a mans arm while Carlos looks onQuite a variety of patients waiting at the pharmacyAt the end of the day on Monday, we gathered in front of the church with the complete team (including all our Guatemalan volunteers)Back at the hotel, after dinner everyone shared their thoughts of the first days eventsOur team, the volunteers, and the patients all gathered for an opening prayer on Tuesday morningOverview of the school and our worksite from the churchSome of the houses located near the schoolIt was harvest time for the corn crop as evidenced by this fully loaded truck maneuvering through the school groundsThere were special facilities reserved just for our team membersAnother load of corn going byHere is our pharmacy all set up and waiting on the first patientsThere was always something interesting passing by during the day (when you had time to look)Patients waiting to see the doctorPediatrics exam area.  The scale on the floor was used to weigh the patientsBaby entertaining herself while waitingMother and child bundled up against the chillCindy handing out prescriptions at the pharmacySome of the drivers who shuttled patients from their villages all during the dayThese entrepreneuring ladies set up outside the school grounds selling food and snacksThe ladies who came were all very elegantMother and daughterEveryone was always ready for the lunch break; great food, time to exchange stories, and a chance to get off your feetAn obvious surgery candidate  The volunteers relaxing for a minute when they had the timeLatty making a delivery of some sort.  Are we having fresh homemade tortillas with our lunch?Just watching the pharmacy operation was entertaining to these young girlsThe full staff of the pharmacy.  Hector and his ever present board of numbers kept everything organizedI have some new ideals for groundcover.  Do you think people in Houston will go for this?Terry entertaining a group of children at the end of the dayDr. Johnson and part of our team taught some of the kids the "Chicken Dance" while we were waiting on everyone to finish up.Some of our volunteers who were so helpful during the weekEnjoying dinner back at the hotel in JalapaAt the start of the day on Wednesday, people were lined up againColorful group waiting outside the doctors roomMarilyn working hard to keep up with the pace of three dentistsLeRoy slicing peppers for part of our lunchIt's hard to tell if if was hot or cold in this villageTwyla doing another warm water ear rinseCarlos and a patientSylvia handing out treats from the pharmacyWe were based in Jalapa, which is about two hours east of Guatemala City.  From there Pablo drove us up to about 8000' into the surrounding mountainsView of the landscape around Guatemala City from the planeA happy little personLoading trunks of medicine and supplies on top of the bus at the Guatemala City airportTeam ready for departure from Antigua on Sunday morningView of the area we worked in on MondaySome of the crowd waiting patiently on Tuesday morning at mountaintop villageOtto and Roman, two Guatemalan physicians on our team.

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