As a first timer here in Honduras I have so many thoughts in my head that it is almost overwhelming. My journal is full of random thoughts that will be processed for months to come. So here are just a few of my thoughts tonight..
Neuva Esperanza is about a 2 hour drive from the mission house. The ride is on well traveled dirt roads, a highway and dirt roads much less traveled. While the first dirt road is laden with potholes and speed bumps and kicks up a cloud of dust, it is by far the easiest part of the journey, The mountain roads are narrow, curvy and steep with big drop offs, streams without bridges, boulders, ruts and beautiful vistas. The most frightful road of all is the highway. The vehicles (many big trucks) travel fast and close. They pass each other on curves and on hills, on the left and the right. Sometimes one car passes a car that is passing another car. The shoulders of the road become lanes despite the people walking or the livestock grazing. It is a hair raising experience to be sure. Our drivers manage to get us to our destination safely. A twice a day miracle in my book.
To our surprise, our facilities today had real toilets that actually flushed. But, as Dr. Kathy pointed out, not all good looking toilets are good toilets. Personally, I am taking a picture of all of our toilets this week. there are stories to be told that are not fit to print.
Today the medical brigade saw over 90 patients. The dentists pulled over 40 teeth. The construction crew went through 48 bags of cement in 6 houses.
After the medical team finishes with patients and we have a little time to visit with the villagers I've found two sure things to bring smiles to their faces. One is to take a picture and then show them the digital picture. Young or old, without exception, you get to see the biggest grin they have. The second is to paint their fingernails. As Jane said, "All women like to be pretty".
Isabella is a great cook and the pineapples and bananas are plentiful and oh so yummy.
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. We are all safe and well and looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.
Debbie for the team