I went on another adventure yesterday. This time I involved myself in a way that was humbling and exciting all at the same time. The American group that is here are all in the medical field. It has been a joy getting to know them, but the other day they asked me if I would like to participate with them in their activities in a neighboring village. I had no clue what I was getting into but said yes because turning down an opportunity to serve just did not seem appropriate. So we trekked off to Mayampatti and set up shop in an IGL owned building. In this building the people will conduct class and different sorts of things during the year. But for this day it was a clinic. We had a great time meeting the people’s needs as they came up. Don and I were at a prayer table (both of us are not in the medical field). The people first paid ten rupees, then went to the nurses, then to the doctors, then to us, and on to the pharmacy table that was set up. Several interesting things can be pointed out in that last sentence. First of all the people did have to pay. The medicine that was provided to them was all free and yet they paid money for the services. I did not understand this at first. I thought that the visit would be free completely, especially since everything was paid for in advance. Then I asked someone who actually knew what they were doing why the people needed to pay. What I was told is the money that is paid brings value to the medicine that is given. If the people did not pay then likely they would not follow the rules given to them about taking the medication and being healed. In reality they paid what is in American money about 15 cents. I learned very quickly that I was involved in a process that had been done many times. From this point forward I did not ask too many questions 🙂
The nurses they saw were a mixture of the team and the nursing school nurses that I teach in the afternoons. Seeing them in action was pretty cool. There are two doctors on the team. I have been extremely humbled by them because of their willingness to treat the untouchables/undesirables. The people that come to a clinic like this are not in the best of health because of bad food/water/working conditions. A lot of them have stomach ulcers and nearly everyone of the ladies complained of cramps and aches. When their work involves carrying heavy objects on their head or working in the fields these aches are bound to come. The notion of vitamins and other medicine to strengthen their bones and joints and bodies is just something that is not feasible. Also the doctors are extremely patient with the people and the interpreters. It is not easy to treat someone in a foreign land.
I have been reading reports and visiting people my entire time here learning about miraculous healings that have occurred due to prayer. With this frame of mind set in place, I joyously accepted my role beside Don as a prayer team for each patient. They could not understand us speaking, but knowing that prayer and God transcend all language still made our efforts powerful. To them prayer is a holy time. Therefore, nearly all of them took off their sandals before reaching our table. I know that God is going to use our prayers in a mighty way in their lives! When we weren’t praying with people, though, we were entertainers. All the kids loved us and likewise we loved the kids. I taught them how to snap their fingers and took all kinds of photos. More than anything these kids simply want to be loved. This is most done through a simple smile and prayer 🙂
The last station was the pharmacy. This table was full of medicine! It also received the most attention of all of the stations. Never did I look over at it and find a calm time. The people simply placed their papers on the table and Mrs Mary went to work sorting out all of the orders and filling them as best as she could. When we left all the kids hated to see us go. I know the Lord will complete a mighty work in that village as many are introduced to the love of Christ first by seeing God’s children serving their physical needs.
This rounded out our trip well. I hope to be able to post again this afternoon to describe my entering a Hindu temple! Stay tuned… Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel haha (love that show!)