For many of the younger students, there are many “firsts” that have occurred during the trip, and there were even “firsts” for some of the doctors. For some, it was the exhilarating feeling of sticking a patient with a needle for the first time. First year student Stephen Stuart has now found himself qualified to give shots in the rear-end (giving shots there is great because the patient isn’t able to see the quivering hand of a first year med student coming at them with a needle by the way). Dr. George Walker and his team of students performed a lower eyelid skin excision to correct a condition called entroprion in a patient.
One of the more special stories of this trip thus far has been that of a young girl who we met two days ago in San Pedro. When we finished our day of clinic on Wednesday many of us were not sure if we would be able to see her again. However, when we arrived this morning, she was there waiting for us ready to begin the day. It has been such a blessing to see how much she enjoyed being apart of the group. Throughout the day several students continued to speak with her about Christ. After speaking with the students for several days, she is finally seeing that the Good News of Christ is available to all and that perfection was never a requirement for salvation.
Each day brings more and more experiences that change your mindset on how to serve. Being down here, the physical needs are obvious, but the spiritual ones are often hidden within churches that are packed every Sunday. The ability to find the spiritual needs of those around us is important not only here, but also in the United States. Please continue to pray that we will be able to identify these needs and speak the words that need to be spoken.