Breakfast was once again at 7:00am and we left for the church at 7:45.
We were able to get started right away today as we were more prepared when we arrived. Robb took the first three patients into the clinic while all of the other patients that had already arrived were directed into the worship center where I welcomed everyone and shared the gospel with them.
Today Robb asked Nathan and me to paint the security bars on the windows of the church. They had been poorly painted in the not-too-distant past but they had become quite peeled and were beginning to rust. There was also paint on all of the windows due to no prep being performed prior to the last paint job. We spent the day, with the help of some of the Montoya family and the interns, hand-sanding the bars and applying primer. We finished priming just in time to pull the tape and paper and re-install the windows before the rains came.
Today was a very difficult day for a few on the team, particularly one member that will remain unnamed out of respect. One little child had to be held down by parents and others in the clinic while he screamed and cried – it was very emotional for some of the team. The clinic went all day again and we left around 5:30pm.
It has been quite warm each day with rain coming in the late afternoon. When it rains it pours. The MEDA compound is about 5 miles from the church and the Expedition we are riding in has no windshield wipers so it was an interesting drive home.
Today we saw 37 patients. Once again I don’t have a count of the type of dental procedures that were performed or the number of people that came to the church. It was once again quite busy – it is a great outreach to the community. This seems to be a very active and faithful church.
Fortunately we have been able to get to bed at a reasonable hour each evening. Our accommodations are wonderful – very comfortable rooms, running hot and cold water, great food prepared by hard-working cooks, and a very nice atmosphere to relax and pray.