Well, this was a totally new chapter indeed - if one wants to be amazed, he should be doing mission trips in Africa.
We drove to this remote village less than an hour away where we started by visiting the latrines that have been built by HCJB and dedicated recently. Many African villagers do not us a special place for physical needs, so education has been a part of the project. In any case, because of this and easier available cleaner water, the amount of diseases in the village and surrounding areas has decreased by almost 80%. While most people were at the latrines, John, Willi, and I got trapped by a few dozen school children shouting and cheering as if the president of the mighty US has come to see them. There were so easily amazed by seeing their cute faces on the iPhone pictures, by John's little tricks using his fingers, and by touching Willi's hands - in one instance, they almost knocked her over... It takes so little to make children happy in Africa - and the three of us had a blast and enjoyed every bit of it.
Afterwards, we went to the local school/community center where we had to setup on the fly a few medical consultation stations and a mobile pharmacy. The three doctors from Ecuador and their helpers wrote about 1500 prescriptions in a day... about three times a normal working day in an Emergency Hospital back home. Sheila, Emily, Jessica, and Donelles helped by a few of us filled up the prescriptions for 375 people waiting to be treated... The most amazing thing I have ever seen... Everyone used energy as if it was available from the faucet and smiled gracefully all the way until the end... 1500 prescriptions...almost four hundred each from 9:30 to 4 o'clock... non-stop... Only God can give the power to accomplish such a task in a short period.
The rest of our Woodmen team was either involved in playing with the multitude of kids (over 100) that had to wait around for their parents to finish or pitched in helping the medical team with the best of our knowledge to fullfil the prescriptions. Mike and I ended up entertaining about 60 kids this morning with hokey-pokey, knees-and-toes, and the like, after which we organized a few soccer and footbal games. Under the supervision of Dorothy from Ecuador, many of us ended up in a classroom full of kids where coloring, listening to flute music, or simply singing were the focus of the activities.
We are all extremely tired, overwhelmed and exhausted - but excited !! God is using us in mighty ways !! And we can see the difference first hand - so many of these patients today suffered from malaria and malnutrition. Theovision ensured that while registering and waiting , everyone could listen to the Gospel preached in the Twi local language.
The tribal chief paid a visit and was gracious to extend his protection over us and we have God on our side, so we're looking forward to showing God's mercy to others tomorrow.
Heavenly Father, we have no words to thank you for the opportunity you have given to us to minister phisically and spiritually to these people from Ghana today. We are humbled by your love and power and we rely totally on your Holy Spirit to give us the strength and wisdom tomorrow to finish the day as excited as today. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.