Here's a photo of just one more miracle in the Peten! Yes, we met Daniel a few months ago after he had been paraplegic for over a year and then had developed a huge decubitus ulcer through his rectum requiring a colostomy. Always smiling, never whining, his peaceful, loving demeanor wouldn't leave my mind. Ismael often reminded me of his needs throughout the months and I tried "everything" to find a solution. Then, God sent Dr. Dave! Dave just doesn't accept "can't be done" as an answer. So now, after just 1 day of the wound vac that Dave worked hard to get for him, Daniel is almost cured. The sight at his bedside last night was quite a seen. Picture this extremely poor home with extended family all around and a comical looking group of gringos! There were Coral and I battling it out to see who could debribe more of his wound! Colleen was using all her years of nursing skills to make this system work and Dave is just standing by watching the miracle unfold. Mind you, at 6'9", he's not easy to miss! His son, Ryan was dutifully holding the light, asking great questions. We talked at our meeting last night about the miracle of all these people getting together to make something wonderful happen. I was reminded of a sermon that Julian gave a few weeks ago about "God's will". Was it God's "will" that this beautiful boy would become paralyzed by a drunk driver?? Of course not!!! But it is surely God's will that the people who say they are His followers would come together to make this situation right. I said at the meeting that as medical people, you couldn't pay a group enough to come out to a home after a full day's work in the U.S. to do such a thing. Why do we do it here? For me, it's so easy here. Sensing God's presence is so palpable. Is it just that we take the time here to really look for it? And it is so joyous....all of us coming together to make something right all in the name of the love which is God. Why don't we do it every day at home?
So much more to tell. The students have been inspiring. The after-school adult education program is beyond my capacity to describe in the 5 minutes I'm allotted here! I can only say that after many, many trips, this is one where I am finally seeing not just hope, but victory.
I had a long chat with a comedrona (midwife) here yesterday. Her descriptions of their ways of helping in childbirth seem as though they are from another era. Yet, they are far more in line with nature and with good resutls than are ours at home. It's just that SOME of the time, there has to be a trained doctor available or women will die. So now we're working on our new motto!! Ten for Peten!! We need 10 mini-hospitals to deliver babies so these tragic deaths stop happening. Yesterday, this beautiful 63 year old woman told me that her daughter died in childbirth from hemorrhage. Then this woman took her baby grandson as her own and breastfed him for 2 years. He is now an amazing young man named Mario who looks to be the leader that we need in this community. Again, did God intend his mother to die? Of course not. But did this woman have to give all her life and love to him? Yes, if we want to live the life we need to live. So because of her love, I believe that Mario will be an answer we have been looking for to bring great healing to this community.
Thank you to my husband, Randy, for years of encouragement and study which have inspired the sanitation and water projects that are finally coming to fruition!
Thank you to Dr. Gary and Dr. Coral for believing in this and in their unending commitment to also never saying "this can't be done."
Thank you to all you families who have raised the most amazing, kind, inspiring students who are a blessing beyond belief to us this week. I only pray that they will bring back what they see here and lead their generation to making it the just world that it was intended to be.
Today, we look forward to the soccer game of the century!!! Truly, there are 2 nationally recognized Guatemalan soccer players coming to join Mario and our own Andy Riemer in a competition that would rival the World Cup!!
So much to think about.....more pictures tonight!
Blessings to you all!
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