Greetings to everyone at West End UMC from lovely San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala! We on the medical team have just finished our first day in the clinic and had a great day, with four medical providers working (a new West End record!). We saw people with diabetes, hypertension, rashes, and various infections, and enjoyed taking the time to get to know these wonderful people who live on Lake Atitlan. Once again we are blessed to be cared for by a stellar team from ODIM and several of our interpreters are visiting Emory students, down here for the summer. So there are two tables at dinner and great fellowship with new friends.
We cannot thank you all enough for your support before our trip and we appreciate your prayers this week.
I do have a story to share and a favor to ask. We saw a 10-month-old boy today who was born with a congenital defect which led to him having to have a colostomy at birth. He is doing reasonably well but does not have ostomy supplies, so his family is faced with having to manage his colostomy without a bag, etc. They are doing remarkably well but obviously we would like to get him these basic supplies until his surgery in a couple months. So think about Alan and add him to your prayers and maybe we can come up with a plan to support him these next couple months if people feel called to help or know anyone who might be able to furnish supplies. Another team comes down here in three weeks, and we could send money or supplies with them.
Again, thank you for your continued support. We miss home (and hot showers) but we are so happy to be here and it would not happen without you.