Corrie Cooley signing in today. We had such a great last day. I worked with the medical team. We saw 105 patients! We had an abnormally large staff today so I had a little freedom to walk around with the people. There were a lot of women with small babies. They were usually seeking treatment for themselves or another child. I walked around with one happy baby for a while and enjoyed that baby. Sarah wanted to hold her for a while and put her to sleep. It was very sweet. I found another baby who was not so happy. I relieved her mother who was having a hard time moving through the steps of our process and keep the baby happy at the same time. I walked her and sang to her and walked and sang some more. She went to sleep shortly before her mother was ready to leave. It was great! We moved on from our clinic to return to the church we built. We had a team working on construction at the school. Jeff Spencer twisted an ankle and Christopher Woodard and Daniel Phillips got too much sun, but all spirits were high! We had a thank you celebration for all the local people who worked with us. We are happy and sad at the same time today as we say "Hasta luego" to our friends here. We return home tomorrow.
Until next year...
Hello, Michael Adams here. This was my first time on this trip and as my final day comes to an end I can not wait to return next year. Today I helped with VBS and had a great time. During VBS we read them a bible story and then we do a craft with them. Today we finished and for an hour or so we played with the kids. After playing with the kids we ate lunch and recognized and gave a gift to the doctors that helped us with medical throughout the week. Afterwards, we ate lunch and headed over to the church and school to recognize the rest of the people that had been helping us throughout the week. When we all arrived, the construction workers were not done yet so we played with the kids that lived around the area. This was perfect because I had a chance to say goodbye and hangout one last time with one of the kids named Oliver. There are a couple of pictures of me with him below. The thing that makes me like Oliver so much is the way Oliver never stops smiling. Oliver has 4 siblings and his parents which totals to 7 people living in a house that is super tiny. Even with Oliver having poor living conditions I never once saw him upset which makes me realize how good we all have it. When it was time for me to go he told me that I wasn't his friend I was his brother and asked me if I could stay at his house and not go back home. This was definitely the hardest goodbye and I hope I can see Oliver again when I come back next year.