In the afternoon, we treated patients in the village. Additionally, we brought out a bat and balls for the kids that were around. I have never in my life seen kids so infatuated with something so simple. They came from everywhere! We battled the rain throughout the day, but nonetheless felt that we had a productive outing in the village.
On Thursday, we went to Catalina Island. Originally we had scheduled to go Friday, but it worked better for us to switch the days. We drove about an hour to a town called La Romana, boarded a boat and went out to the island. We started by snorkeling off the shore of the island. The water was as blue as you can imagine, and we all agreed it was an incredible display of God's creation. About the time we headed towards Catalina's shore, the rain started up. And it didn't stop. Some of us took part in an epic volleyball match between the US and Dominican Republic...in the POURING rain. Others were smart and stayed underneath the hut where it was dry. Not usually what people think of when going to Catalina Island, but still a good time. We even had the chance to share the gospel with the Peruvians that we shared the boat with. God never stops working, even on our off days!
It's hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day in the clinic. As the week goes on, we continue to grow closer. We have been able to have some really open conversations about things we have seen, felt, and experienced on this trip as well as past experiences that have shaped us. God is continually working in this team to teach us more about Himself. We have talked a lot this week about leaving everything here and not holding back. Please pray that we would finish strong!