From the very start of this trip, there had been signs that great things were going to happen. Halfway through our initial travel to Huehuetenango, we were made aware of the presence of our guardian angels...
In the form of the PNC... the national police.
When we stopped for lunch that day (a picnic on the side of the road), a police vehicle pulled into the lot and just sat.
When we left, they left as well.
At our next stop, they stopped.
It was then that Sammy approached their vehicle to find out that they had noticed some cars eyeing ¨the American missionaries¨ (and probably more specifically, our trailer full of medicine). The police then informed Sammy that they would be escorting us the rest of the way to Huehuetenango, which they did for the next 3 - 4 hours (in fact, right to the doorstep of the mission house where we are staying).
Speaking of Sammy, miracles are already happening, and he is the first recipient. Sammy had been having trouble with his right arm for some time, and has not been able to lift it more than shoulder height. After yesterday´s morning of powerful worship and ministry, while at the orphanage, Sammy lifted something without thinking about it. When he DID think about it, he realized he was HOLDING IT OVER HIS HEAD WITH HIS RIGHT ARM! No pain. No problem. His arm is completely healed. We believed that these things were just foreshadowings of the days to come.
Today did not disappoint...
CLINIC - Day 1
We arrived in Suculque a little after 8a.m., and already had dozens of people lined up for the clinic. The process for the clinic is simple...
First, approximately 20 people come in and listen to a simple and clear presentation of the Gospel.
After the Gospel presentation, they are taken to the triage station where vitals are checked, and any medical history is discussed.
Once they make it through triage, a ¨runner¨ comes and gets a few at a time and leads them to the treatment station. There, the doctors and nurses diagnose and treat each person, prescribing medication and praying with them.
After picking up their medication from the ¨pharmacy station¨, they then go to the vision station (if necessary) to be fitted with glasses.
Today´s miracle was definitely the weather. While ominous clouds were completely surrounding the hills and mountains around Suculque, the weather there was partly cloudy and sunny. Late in the afternoon, there were a few sprinkles of rain, but nothing of real significance.
At 4:00p.m., the gate was closed to any new patients, and the race began to treat the existing ones before 6. End of the day is crucial; to give everyone the same level of quality care and ministry, while still being off the mountain while there is still light. Travelling from this remote location in the dark is dangerous, so it is important to be down before dark.
With the first day over, the team has now returned to the home base exhausted... ready to rest and hit it again tomorrow. Today saw over 360 people ministered to, both physically and spiritually. Most important, it saw over 130 people accept Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives.
Expecting more great things tomorrow.