Monday, June 29, 2009

The San Rafael Medical Clinic - Day 5

Our first Bible Methodist Medical Clinic effort at our church in the village of San Rafael was a wonderful success! We didn't have quite the turnout of people that we had prepared for, but it was an amazing day nonetheless. And I don't think our nurse, Jackie Bishop, could have possibly worked any harder. She was wonderful!

8 of us were involved in this ministry while the rest of the team went on to a mountain village in Galeana to make some repairs on a small BM chapel there.

The 8 of us were: Jackie Bishop, RN, Bradley Bishop, Kristin Foster, Arlette Makcen, Alicia McIntyre, Chris Lambeth, Jordan and I. Lots of people were treated that day and great contacts were made as the village people came to the church for medical checkups and assistance. The sanctuary and SS rooms were transformed into a clinic and we had the assistance of Pastor Alejandro and his church people with crowd control, set up, etc.

Marc praying with the Team in the San Rafael church before they left for Galeana

Bradley Bishop checking blood pressures

Me, checking blood sugar levels. Jordan's not in the picture, but he was my right hand man all day, keeping me stocked with lancets, alcohol swabs, test strips, gloves. Thanks, Jordan!

Jackie Bishop talking with a patient through Chris Lambeth, translator

Some of the people waiting to see the nurse

Kristin Foster weighing and measuring patients

Alicia McIntyre taking temperatures

Jackie, examing a precious little Mexican baby

I did not get a good picture of Arlette in action, but she served as receptionist, greeting all the people in Spanish, signing them in, helping weigh and measure them and also translating some for Jackie. Hers was the first smiling face people saw when they entered the clinic and it made such a difference that she was able to communicate with them in their own language. :-)
The pastor and church people fed us a delicious meal after the clinic

Pastor Alejandro wanted to thank everyone for their hard work and ministry that day. Everyone gathered on the church porch and Marc translated into Spanish Pastor Alejandro's heartfelt words of gratitude. When he finished, Bro. Ed Durham prayed a prayer of blessing over our day's efforts, the pastor and church, and the community of San Rafael. It was a very special time.

We are so grateful to each of you who donated medical supplies, medicine, and money to this Medical Clinic. God helped us minister in San Rafael and He used you to help make it possible. Thanks SO much to Jackie, our RN, for her hours of work behind the scenes, organizing, gathering supplies and equipment and for working harder than anybody on Saturday. We love you, Jackie - may God reward you for your efforts here in Mexico.

Thanks also to Bro. Ed Durham, state side Team Coordinator, for his help in gathering medical supplies.

The supplies and medical packets left over will be stored here in Mexico for our next Clinic effort, hopefully in just a few months. The packets each person received contained vitamins, bandaids, Tylenol, a toothbrush, toothpaste and a Gospel tract in Spanish.

Thank you again to everyone!


Ronda said...

Enjoyed all of the recent pics of the mission team that came(how fun seeing Mark and Kristin there! :))...Sounds like it was a successful time! I would LOVE to be a part of something like that...maybe someday! :)

Brenda Marquez said...

This is wonderful! I am so excited about what you are doing in Mexico. I wondered if you would share with me what "red tape" had to be gone through to get supplies to San Rafael (through customs, ect.). You probably didn't know, but we had a clinic station in Chihuahua at one time, and that was the highlight of my career. Now, I am the Administrator of a home care agency, but it cannot begin to satisfy me like the satisfaction of serving the people we love in Mexico. My email address is . Would you
mind to email me and give me this information for our own use in other areas of Mexico.
Thank you and God bless you in your efforts for Him!