Coming from the perspective of a medical student, today was awesome! Coming from the perspective of a missionary, today was awesome! Coming from the perspective of a child of an amazing creator God, today was awesome! All that to say, today was a pretty incredible day.

First nights in the jungle are always a little interesting…one has to figure out the joys of hammock sleeping, bug repellants, and chilly nights, BUT we all lived through it, and minus a few bug bites where none the worse for wear. After finally untangling ourselves from our oversized cocoons, we stumbled out in the cool morning air to behold a truly beautiful landscape. Green hills dotted with horses and corn fields faded out into wisps of mist. This is the part where just gazing at what my Father has created made it an awesome day.

Next came the moment that thrilled all of our little medical hearts! Clinic started!!! Accompanied by our amazing team leader and translator, Grace, we watched as the highly skilled doctor worked his way through his patients. We didn’t have a lot of patients, but that just gave us more time to ask questions, look up medications, and discuss diseases. Being a nursing student, this time of learning produced an awesome day.

After the patients had petered out, the kids started trickling in. Medical team or not, we can still play with kids, and so we started an impromptu children’s program. We played games, painted faces, and told a story…or at least started a story. We had to pause the Jonah story for a real live storm that came up and didn’t go away when we through Jonah out of the ship. Hail on a metal roof ended all efforts at talk for about fifteen minutes, but we did finally finish the story. The kids sat in rapt attention, listening to what was for them a new story. Steven, another one of our fabulous leaders and story teller, finished up Jonah’s tale with an encouragement to spend time with God. The kids really seemed to absorb what was being stated, and part three of my awesome day as a missionary presented itself.

Tonight we will climb back into our crazy hammock beds, smelling like bug spray, and praying for a warmer night, but honestly how bad can it get after such an incredible, amazing, and awesome day!

Ruth Fox, for the Global Encounters medical team

Face painting for the little kids who decided to hang out with us

Face painting for the little kids who decided to hang out with us

Chiapas face painting 2

Playing games with the kids

Playing games with the kids

Steven and David telling the story of Jonah

Steven and David telling the story of Jonah

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Jungle Pharmacy

Setting up our hammocks for the night

Setting up our hammocks for the night

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