Medical: Paradise Village

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Second medical clinic day in Paradise Village! PV is a 10-minute trike ride from the church in Navotas. It's another 15 minute walk into our location because PV is inaccessible to motor vehicles. PV is essentially the poorest of the poor and has been a target of outreach for Fisher's of Christ church (Navotas). Next time, I feel sorry for myself, I'm going to remember that a very poor church congregation ministers to an even poorer community...

Our clinic was held in the brand new church building in PV! It's beautiful and open and clean with lots of windows and airflow! An amazing number of 211 patients were seen and treated by our phenomenonal medical team. Everyone had (almost) endless energy and lots of patience. 

Again, our patient population was largely mamas and babies with coughs and runny noses. However, one of the patients was 102 years old! 

It was my goal this time to spend time praying with patients. This isn't really in my confort zone, but in the Philippines it doesn't feel unconventional at all. I didn't really ask for permission or anything, and nobody objected. They all asked for healing for thier bodies, safety for thier families, and "guidance"--not sure for what. I don't know if my prayers for them had any impact. During our team debrief, it was pointed out that numerous stations of the clinic were praying for the patients. So in the end, someone could've received prayer maybe 3 times or more. You know God's gotta be listening to that! We may never know the seeds planted by our team that the local church can see grow over time! 

Human moment: when I said the church had good airflow, it's not always nice smelling air. During lunch, I had to eat in between strong whiffs of sewage.  

Triage shnanigans 

Triage shnanigans 

PV has lots of delicious babies to hold. I won't continue to parade those pictures for my audience...I'll give you a break.

NOPE. 

My faithful interpreter. I turned her into my nurse so she called me "doc"

My faithful interpreter. I turned her into my nurse so she called me "doc"