Today was the first of 2 days that we’re running a medical clinic. It was held in the same location as the VBS. We had 221 people register today, and had to send many home at the end. I helped with the registration. Samuel, one of the teachers at the school, translated their names for me, and I wrote them on the sheet. Joyce then copied the names onto cards that they took with them to get their checkups. This may sound like a simple job, but the names were not in English, and in most families, the last names are all different. So it was rather challenging to make sure the spellings and everything was correct. Luckily Samuel was very patient with me.
At the medical clinic, there was a station for glasses, both reading and prescription. There were no eye tests. They just tried different pairs on until one worked. Another station gave shots, weighed, and took blood pressure. Another station gave HIV tests to any pregnant mothers. The last station gave out prescriptions. It was anything from malaria medicine to simple pain killers like Tylenol.
The neatest story from the day came front the glasses station. One old lady got reading glasses, and responded, “Now I can read my bible.”. Amazing.
The best part of today, though, happened at lunch. We had been given money from a lady at Emanuel to use to buy a meal for a family. Instead, we got a bunch of groceries that will last for awhile. The family that we gave these items to has 7 kids, and they live in a small mud hut with a cornstalk ceiling. The ceiling has huge holes in it, so when it rains, they have no way to stay dry. I cannot even describe how moving it was to give these items to that family. We also had enough money left to buy them not only a new roof, but an entire new house. God is good.