Hello from Africa, on the eve of our departure from 8000ft. (I am wearing four shirts, wool socks, scarf and jacket) (wait, are we really in Africa?) and our return to the warmth of Bujumbura…we are a dream team.
Today we saw 400 patients. Isn’t that amazing? Nearly 100 teeth pulled by our fearless dentist Dr. Dave. Our clinic was set up in the shell of a church, brick walls crumbling, partially roofed, muddy clay floor and at least 2400 eyes trained on our every move, from the windows that surrounded us. The intermittently torrential rains were deafening on the metal roof.
To choose one extraordinary moment in a day is not possible, but as I was helping fill prescriptions today this handwritten note came across the table:
I WALKED 3HOURS TO RECEIVE CARE FOR SEIZURES FROM A MACHETE WOUND TO THE HEAD. WHO WILL REFILL MY SEIZURE MEDICATIONS?
What part of this stopped me in my tracks? The round trip 6 hour walk, with no guarantee of getting one of the 400 “golden tickets” to see a doctor, with more than a thousand others turned away? Or…was it the MACHETE?
For each of us, there are dozens of these moments that simply require you to look at your life anew. Powerful, life affirming, faith restoring moments. It has been my pleasure to serve with these people, and for these people. I pray that God will continue to lift them up and help them become the great nation they desire to be.