It is amazing to me what things we take for granted! I plug in my cell phone and my iPod every night before bed and don't give a second thought to all the pieces that need to work in concert to get those resources ready for the next day! After 2 days of climbing, drilling through cement block, and twisting and hammering , Ed and Jesse now officially have the school 'wired'! Jesse has, in fact, declared himself an electrician since he wired the last plug himself with some supervision by Ed. Now the only thing that is needed is some electricity. The village is about 5-6 miles from the closest electricity, so for now a generator would be a wonderful thing. The problem is that in Peten it will cost 6000 or 7000 quetzales, which is the equivalent of 700-800 dollars in the U. S. to get one If anyone has a generator that we can ship down with the next food shipment in January, we're ready for computers in the school!
Work on the new school room is going well. It looks like back-breaking work...laying block and mixing the cement by hand one batch at a time! No cement trucks here.
In preparation for our visit this week, Ismael spoke with the leaders from 4 villages around Pueblo Nuevo and invited each of them that people could come to the clinic on a different day this week while we are there. We saw several from 2 different villages today, and they asked when we would be here again. 2 men actually asked if we would consider coming to their village to set up a clinic. I can't help but think that having a permanent clinic in pueblo Nuevo will mean so many opportunities for the people here... Not only for their health, but for the people to sell things to others who would come in for health care, to be a leader in education, and to be a spiritual example to others. We could actually be a part of helping put this little village on the map, and making it a model village for all of the Peten in health, sanitation, education, microfinance, and spiritual growth! I plan to buy a brick before I leave and put it on the clinic site as a first building block for the clinic!
With all the amazing opportunities before us, it is so exciting, yet exhausting and overwhelming. I have been amazed by the strength of our team. Gladys is such a blessing... Alway willing to do ANYTHiNG that is asked of her. Gary always has a new idea to try to make things better or more efficient. Kim has used her intern vacation to help an amazing number of children who would otherwise not have a chance to see a physician. And Porsche always seems to have a smile on her face, even when I ask if she would be willing to do some OMT on the 30th person with aches and pains today!
It is always humbling to think of all that I have, material and non-material, and the immense responsibility that brings with it. Sorry I rambled, but I want to end this post with the words that have been on my mind and in my heart all week. They are from a song by Brandon Heath (I hope he won't mind that I quote him):
Give me your eyes for just one second. Give me your eyes so I can see everything that I keep missing. Give me your love for humanity. Give me your arms for the broken hearted. The ones that are far beyond my reach. Give me your heart forth ones forgotten. Give me your eyes so I can see.