|Sunset in Masaramu|
For many, the month of July is a time to take a much needed break - fourth of July picnics, days on the lake, long afternoon naps, etc. The list is long. For us, it was an opportunity to visit a few more villages but this time with some of our summer interns. By the end of the month we'd spend roughly 3 weeks in the jungle in ten different communities. Joining us were two college students from the US, Hannah Borsheim from Minnesota and Trisha Carr from Chicago. For both of them it was their first time to Ecuador and the first time into the jungle. We'd prepared a pretty rigorous schedule so we were praying for two individuals that were flexible and eager to experience new things and were fine operating outside of their comfort zones. Luckily, our prayers were answered. Both did extremely well, even when both were sick in the jungle.
|Hannah (L) and Trisha (R) getting to know the kids in Jandiayacu|
|The Caravan truck|
For me it was a nice trip for 2 other major reasons - one, I was able to bring Bella with me and spend some time with her and two, I was reunited with a patient that I'd help care for in the hospital when he'd suffered a severe brain injury a few years back.
|Bella in Pandanuque|
|Stymied by an overflowing Villano River causing a long delay|
|The Villano River when passable.|
|Visiting with Bruce and his family in Rayayacu last month. Their story was detailed in our current newsletter.|
|Bruce, shortly after his surgery to remove the wood from his skull and brain from a fall from a tree in 2012. You can see what was removed in the jar.|