We started a bit earlier this morning – 7:30am. First stop was at the clinic where we dropped off part of the group to get the clinic underway. The rest of us continued to Terre Noir (Blanchard) for a special treat. Several team members decided to sponsor a child, which means providing tuition for the school year. (For children grades K-6 it is $30/month ($360/year) and for 7-9 is $50/month). This morning we were able to meet the children and have pictures made with them. In the future the sponsor may keep in touch and see the child progress, send gifts, write letters. It was exciting for us but somewhat of a mystery to the little kids. We loved it!
We delivered the last of the dresses to little girls in kindergarten and put the dresses on them in the classroom. We gave the little boys suckers and they were just as happy. They then sang for us!
On the way back to the clinic the group stopped at the the brand new high school – just opened this fall with two seventh grade classes. In April when Pat and Dorene were here it was a concrete block building just having the wiring installed, no windows, doors or stairways. Today in the beautiful sunlight the school building was beautiful inside and out. To our surprise, Pastor Leon was there and he gave us a personal tour.
Meanwhile back at the clinic, the skeleton crew managed to sustain a healthy pace in tirage and with the doctors and the pharmacy but were happy when we returned about 9:30am and the team was back at full strength. Even with the lighter start we handled over 70 patients by 3:30, the largest number so far.
We had only been back at the hotel a short time when Pastor Leon once again joined us for dinner. Katy Walker introduced us to Godly Play for our devotions, and Pastor Leon for one was rivited on it. We learned about God giving Moses the "Best Ways to Live", which he gave to the people in the desert, and which they gave to us.
Just as we were heading to our rooms the thunder rolled and an intense rain began that lasted over an hour. The hotel staff escorted us back to our rooms under a gigantic umbrella.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." – John 13:34-35