The paved highway took us to our turn to a bumpy snake like road. We took in the beauty at each curve admiring the hills, fields and trees. Today is a sunny and beautiful day! When we arrived in Santa Fe the school had many families lined up waiting to greet us. If you do not arrive early you may not be able to see the doctor.
Having been in Santa Fe before I recognized the town helpers. Also this was the town Nolvin was from. CWC had helped him and now he has a job picking coffee. There were many children and pregnant women. We had a nonstop line from our arrival until lunch. The families are beautiful and peaceful. After signing up people move to the blood pressure station which Eva Yoder staffed. Next stop was vitamin A and deworming with a bonus of a gummy vitamin and a car or princess sticker. Ruth Hohenstein and Carmen Diaz staffed this. Most children were very cooperative but the babies weren't thrilled with the vitamin A. Eileen Riley, Madison Trauger, and Darwing Sabillion Castro drew blood and checked iron. That's when the babies and toddlers sang! Our director, Karin Elena Timpel Bonilla records information about the children as they get weighed and measured by a member of the community. Rafael Fernondez and Josue Adonay Stabillon Castro gave families a micro nutrient pack and information on how to use the nutrients. Finally in this room families travel to Barb Rice and Vivian (Rafael's daughter) and received shoes, clothing, small stuffed animals, little cars and a variety of items we had collected. It was a joy to watch their faces when they received these gifts.
The clinic also had a dentist, a doctor, and a pharmacy. Our count today was about 160 with about 59 seeing the doctor. While the clinic was going on the other members of the team were working on concrete floors. There were two crews: Kermit Yoder,Tim Nyce, Ed Wyse, Kevin Reily, John Riley, Tim Weaver and Hoesa Luis also Wilson Elvis Crut, Chris Trauger, Jake Rice, Don Rice, Karen Hohenstein and Joe Hohenstein. They had a new world record of mixing 84 bags of cement beating yesterday's record df 78. Most of the crew went to bed early! It was noted at one house a child walked around with a pet white rat. Also their was a sixteen year old boy, an old guy, and another man from the homes that helped the teams very much. One man who had seven bags wanted even more! Another man's wife was in the hospital having a baby. The crews had a great day!
See you soon and keep praying,