Our group began to dwindle on Friday morning. Gladys has been on several trips with me in the past, and is always an invaluable piece of the team. Besides her español skills and cultural competency, her organization and ability to keep work flow going are amazing. She once again jumped right in, performing any duty required, from triage nurse to translator to comedian, and at one point I think she might have even been Gary's pediatric resident for a morning! She began her return trip Friday morning, and the group is much quieter now!
Kim uses her vacation time to come and serve, and spends her 'vacation' working her tail off... Her language competence (truly amazing!) means that she is quite self-sufficient and never really needs a translator. Her soft demeanor translates to warmth and compassion with the kids she sees, and it actually got warm enough here this week to allow her to remove hr sweatshirt!! Thanks for all your hard work, Kim!!
What can I say about my 'partner in crime'?!
Please pray for Gary and Kim today, as they had their flight diverted to New Orleans amid some storms on Friday, and are now in the Houston airport with standby tickets hoping to get home on Saturday.
How blesses we are to have such an amazing host and project coordinator as Ismael. Despite juggling our group with its many needs, and his amazing family, he always has a smile on his face and a kind, encouraging word for anyone who needs it. The owner of the house where we have our clinic in Santa Ana is having a security wall built in front, so the normal barbed wire that protects it has been taken down, and their dog, 'Taker', cannot stay to protect the clinic at night. Therefore, Ismael will be sleeping at the clinic (a 40 minute drive from his home) every night for the next few weeks until the wall is finished. Talk about devotion.
Behind every great man is an amazing woman, and Orfe is that woman! Pray for her as she has 3 exams at school on Saturday, which I know did not get the attention they deserved since she was caring for us all week