Saturday, November 28, 2009
So, at about 9:30 we headed out on our quest. I'll spare you the details of that ordeal, but we did make it back to the transit authority by 1:15, took our eye test and were ready for the last step - pictures and the actual license- when we found out that they were closing at 1:30 not 2:00.... yes, I know so close.
Because of the 3-4 hour power outages in Ecuador, they had to close the office early. We will go back tomorrow morning at 8:00 to get in line and wait for the gate to open at 9:00 and will hopefully leave with a license or hopefully 2.- please pray for us and our patience and that especially when things are frustrating we will show His love to those around us.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Ok, so this has nothing to do with missions, but today Bella checked out her favorite book from the library again. It brings a warm fuzzy feeling everytime because it was one of my favorite books as a child. I loved when my mother read this book to me. I had completley forgotten about it until Bella picked it up one day and asked me to read it to her. The story is about a little lion who learns to read and is able to go on many exciting adventure simply by opening up a book. I bet my mom somtimes wishes I was still able to get my adventure fix from reading and didn't have to move to another country!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
She lives in Shuar jungle community and was flown in by helicopter after ingesting the sap of a Barbasco tuber. It is a type of wild yam. She had apparently gotten into a fight with her family, felt frustrated and found the Barbasco root. She pounded with a stone and sucked on the sap with the intent to kill herself. Fortunately her family found her and got help. Patients who ingest the toxin will often develop a slow heart rate, become weak or paralyzed, convulse, and die.
The Shuar (and other tribes) will use it while fishing. It's a tried and trued method used around the Americas
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Friday was a big day for Sebastiao. He lost a tooth Friday morning and then had poetry night at school Friday night. He did a wonderful job reciting his poem, Good Night. Hope you enjoy
The poem is: Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bedbug, tick or louse suck blood from you, hatch its eggs, and then develop the larvae on you , alright?
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thanks to everyone who made Joe's birthday so special. He especially appreciated the cards. Thank you so much for thinking ahead and getting those in the mail early. The residents and interns wanted to have a surpise birthday party for Joe. However, in a culture where 30 minutes late is on time and there is no such thing as late, a surprise party was challenging. They told me to have him there at 7:10, but when we arrived, the door was locked and there was noone there. I sent Joe onto the hospital and waited. Finally after about 20 minutes some people arrived and after about 30 minutes Joe came back....not exactly a surprise party, but it was wonderful. Here is a picture of Joe with the other August birthdays people who were there.
Friday, November 13, 2009
These girls were with us almost constantly while we were there. They stood beside us while we looked at all of the samples. One strange Ecuadorian custom is to spit whenever you smell something bad. Obviously the fecal samples we were looking at smelled horrible, so whenever a new sample would be opened, they would spit on the floor. I loved them being there, but it was really hard to concentrate with the constant spitting at my feet. I am just glad I had large rubber boots on!
I hadn't seen this little girl the entire time we were there until we were giving out medicine at the very end. They said she was 5 years-old, but was more the size of a 2 year-old.
This a group of some of the children. This was taken in the community center of the village.
This is the bridge we crossed to get into Amazonas
Beautiful Girls in the village.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The children brought their samples the second day we were there and we got started on processing them. The children went back to school and later came back for Tannia's teaching and then they got a chance to look in the microscope at some of the parasites I had found. The microscope was a new tool for them, but many got the hang of it quickly. Several of the girls actually stood and watched Tannia prepare the samples and me looking into the microscope for hours. Fortunately (I guess) I found lots of interesting parasites to show them. In total, we found that about 68% of the children had parasites, which I am told is not a bad percentage for jungle villages. Most of the parasites we found had nothing to do with clean water, but hygiene. Our last morning there, before we gave out the parasite medicines, Tannia got a chance to teach one last time the importance of using the latrines and washing hands. You can never underestimate the power of a little soap and water!
Below is a picture of Rebecca, the health promoter for Amazona. Most villages have a health promoter which is a volunteer from the community that takes classes given by missionaries on basic health care. Rebecca was exceptional and made sure that each child actually swallowed the medicine we were giving them!
Here are some pictures of the crowd we acquired while there. I tried to be discreet about shooting photos, but once they saw the camera, I had lots of willing subjects.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
For the last few weeks I have gotten to work in the hospital laboratory preparing for a parasite study in the jungle. The HCJB Water Projects team, lead by Alex Griffin, have been working in Amazonas for the past year building a clean water system, and latrines. We were interested in finding out how many and what kinds of parasites the school children had. I do not enjoy flying and was especially not excited about a VERY small plane. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flew us out and our pilot for the day was a good friend of ours, Chad Irwin. Here he is pulling the plane out of the hangar, and preparing for the flight.
Amazonas doesn’t have an airstrip, so we were flown into Makuma. Alex was very kind to me on my first trip to the jungle and we slept in real beds in Makuma and then walked about 45 minutes each day to Amazonas.
I will post more tomorrow of the walk to Amazonas and our time there.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I will add pictures of the jungle trip and the reason I got to go tomorrow. I think there is a football (soccer) game today so the power should stay on so people can watch it!