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San Jose de la Cuesta

Monday, September 25, 2023

The team was up bright and early this morning ready to conquer the day after a wonderful breakfast! Dr. Moncada introduced herself to those of us who had not met her yet and reminded us of the importance of our role in these communities. Before loading onto the bus, each team member was assigned an individual translator to work with throughout the week. Each person working in this outfit was able to introduce themselves and state which station they would be working in.

By 7:30 am, the team was on the road to San Jose De La Cuesta. This village was seated at approximately 4000 feet above sea level in some of the most scenic mountains I have ever seen, making for a beautiful bumpy ride. Upon our arrival, you could feel the sense of excitement beaming from the faces of those lined up awaiting their turn to be seen.

Our team was divided into stations of dental, vision, weights, vitals, and measurements, deworming and vitamins, and the health clinic. Throughout the day, an abundance of families rolled through our posts and showed us the pure joy that can be found in the most remote of locations. Members of the community were willing and eager to receive information pertaining to their health and address any issues they were having.

Our team had an absolute blast providing medications as well as patient education that will hopefully trickle into future generations, therefore have a lasting effect in the prosperity of this village. At the end of the workday, we all unloaded the bus and celebrated our sweet cook, Albita’s birthday and sang with delight.

This day of reflection ended with team member, Joseph, leading a devotional from the book of John. He specifically reflected on John 6:11, “Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.” Joseph brought to our attention the word distributed and the way in which it is being used in this verse. He explained that Jesus could have certainly just multiplied the bread and fish without the service of Phillip, Andrew or his other disciples, but He commissioned them so His work could be done THROUGH them. Just like the disciples in this timeless story, we have been called to serve this more than deserving multitude. I think I speak for us all when I say there is no place I would rather be.

With love,

Savannah & The Harrisonburg Team

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