Even though there are only two clinic days remaining in our trip, we have yet to describe in detail how the clinic works. The clinic must be orchestrated in a way that allows patients to be seen in an orderly fashion. Without organization and teamwork, patients are unable to be seen and our team is unable to share the love of Christ with them.
For our team, a typical day in clinic begins with each team member working together to unload supplies. These supplies are not perfectly packaged, but instead are packaged in suitcases that weigh more than some of our team members. Once the supplies are unloaded, it is time for everyone to begin setting up their assigned station within the clinic. Setup is a time of chaos where each person is working frantically to get supplies in their proper location. Throughout the day several stations work together to provide health care - floaters (individuals who make sure everyone is moving smoothly through clinic), triage, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and eye glasses. If an individual in one of these stations is unable to perform their role, then the entire clinic suffers. It is so critical that each person understands their role because our team is working in suboptimal environments. These same concepts can be applied to the body of Christ.
As Christians we each have a role to fulfill, and we must do our part in order for the body of Christ to function efficiently and perfectly. Throughout this trip, members of our team have been challenged to learn about their role with in the body of Christ. We each have been reminded that we have been called by Christ to medicine, and we can use medicine as our mission field.
With only a few days left, the entire team asks for prayers of strength and healing. We pray that we will finish this trip with the same energy and eagerness as when we began.