Jan 12, 2011 Village Clinic #3/ Last Day!

January 13, 2011
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This was our last clinic.  We had anticipated about a half day to leave time for packing but we had such a strong response (about 230 patients) we stayed later than planned.  Instead of leaving at lunch time and then returning, we worked through until about 4 p.m.   

clinic inside small church

This clinic was located in a sub-urban area of the metro city.  We partnered with another local church and actually held the clinic in the church building.   This location gave Mama an extra portion of boldness, Dr Laura Engbretson said, and she had to interrupt her a couple of times to provide interpretation about medical issues, she was so consumed with telling everyone about the Lord.  The pastor of this church gave me a sticker to bring home that said “Believe in Jesus Christ” in Hindi.

Nigel Bowen taking pictures

Lane O'Daniel and Mary Ellen Walker do triage

This clinic had an unusual number of young pregnant mother and mothers with toddlers.  Dr. Laura had a fetal dopplar that allowed the mother to hear the baby’s heart beat for the first time.   So when mothers came in fearful that they had not felt the baby moving as much as it should, she relieved their fears by letting them hear the heartbeat.

I could not resist taking some pictures of the beautiful faces of some of the children at this clinic.  Aren’t they amazing?!

While I’m on the topic, Dr. Lewis spent much time on this day in a true labor of love!  He used some of the funds contributed through Seeds Ministries, Inc for this purpose: to buy the local ministry leader some much needed computer equipment, a lap top and software.  His equipment had not been updated in about 8 years.  Dr. Lewis supervised the shopping and the painstakenly installed the software, converted and transferred files.  The whole task took him much of 9 hours, but oh how the local ministry appreciates the technology.  You know how all of us are so dependent on technology to get our information out!  Dr. Lewis has helped me several times, until very late at night on technology issues.  It’s very good to have someone with his knowledge on the team.    Some members of the team also donated money for two bikes for the ministry leader’s children.  I can attest to the fact that they were beyond repair.   The kids really bonded with us, and after the going away banquet, the oldest boy who is six, tried not to show his tears.  How sweet!  

The ministry leader’s wife and Mama prepared certificates for each of us and we all receive very beautiful, hand selected gifts of jewelry, saris, toe rings, bracelets, blankets, and shirts.  We dressed up and enjoyed one last meal together.  

dressed up for our final dinner in India

Post note: This is my last blog for this trip.  We are now in Delhi preparing to head home.  This has trip has been nothing less than a beautiful, shining gift from my sweet Lord and I am so grateful to have been able to come.  The team from Memphis embraced me as one of their own and Dr. Lewis and Jan are two amazing mission heroes!   Pray for our safe travels.  Much love and heart-felt thanks to those who gave so that we could bring all the medical supplies.  May you be blessed in return.   India is a rich with color, flavor and history.  I hope you all get to experience it one day, too.


5 Responses to “Jan 12, 2011 Village Clinic #3/ Last Day!”

  1. Lisa Peterson Says:

    Christy,
    I have been living vicariously through you these last two weeks and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and viewing the pictures you’ve posted about your mission trip to India. I loved hearing about your specific work as well as the integration of history and travelogue. Thank you so much for sacrificing your time, energy, talent and love with the precious people of India. I look forward to seeing you soon and hearing more in person!
    Love you, Lisa

  2. Suzanne Says:

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful blessings…thank you for sharing w/us Christy!! You look lovely as usual! Praying for your safe trip home!

  3. admin Says:

    Patty and Larry,
    Your prayers were very much appreciated. The 40 hours of traveling to get home was un-eventful and all the luggage made it safe and sound. We all take so much for granted sometime visiting other countries helps us see that. I hope you are all well, see you soon! Christy

  4. admin Says:

    Lisa,
    I really appreciate you following the blog, that makes all the late nights I stayed up typing all worth while! I’m going through some reverse culture shock now and my body clock is all off, but that will wear off soon. India was a special place and I would love to go back and stay longer. It has been so awesome to renew our freindship, those deep roots help us feel more grounded in life. Hope we can see each other again soon. Christy

  5. admin Says:

    Suzanne,
    Thanks for being such a faithful reader and prayer warrior while I’ve been gone. The trip home was long, but smooth and no loss of bags. I appreciate my church and those who pray so much more when I am in unfamiliar surroundings. I’m going to send you some special photos of some beautiful boxers dogs I saw in India, you will love them! Christy