God is such a good God. He is awesome! So two days ago Michael commented how amazingly faithful and good God has been to us. We are two nobodies and yet we are getting to meet with so many cool people. One meeting leads to another introduction and it just keeps going on and on and we are sooo blessed! I can’t tell you how cool each of the people we meet are. They are all about my age and they are directors and heads of organizations or departments doing such amazing things. The cool thing is that a lot of what I have wanted to see is being done already so I don’t feel like I have to do it by myself and yet I can partner with so many different groups! I got the contact of the prison fellowship director, the work my emt friend is doing is another thing I have wanted to and their change in focus is exactly how I think things should be done, so it’s sooo cool! I just love it! But it’s not just that, everyone seems to really bless us. Michael had to return the ID card of the landlord 2 days ago and the landlord told him he wants to take me out for a meal! Michael was stunned! No landlord does that! I could chalk it up to being American, but that hasn’t happened to the family I am staying with nor any of the friends I have made so far that I know of. Michael thought it was very unusual, but God is really blessing us with such super people. I love it and I love Him! The center of God’s will is really the best! :)
So yesterday was another great day. Michael’s dad had unexpectedly shown up so our shopping plans got cancelled for the morning, but when I was talking with Mrs. Rhea she said she would take me. While she was walking the dogs I got an unexpected phone call from Donnie wanting medical advice. What sounded like a potentially dangerous situation, ended up being dehydration :) But it was interesting to ask all the questions and I realized if I am going to train his medical workers, there is a huge amount of work to do, but it is going to be so fun!!!
We fell behind schedule but still made it there and it was such a blessing because she knows things and could tell me what a good price is and what to buy and what not to buy! So I was so blessed. I got towels, knives, really nice spoons and forks ( the kind I wanted to the cheapest price they offer on any set :)), and cleaning stuff. More shopping today I believe hehe! :) YAY! God you are good!
From there we rushed to the medical clinic at the government office. It was a fun day. Interesting too. I was in a room where government work was still going on. There was a couple shouting at each either – a domestic violence case and it did my heart good to see the woman really standing up for herself. The guy was angry but she never backed down, even when you could hear her voice breaking with how hard her life has been. She was there to file for a divorce and her husband didn’t want it. My first patient had nothing that stopping caffeine couldn’t help. Next patient needing therapy so we started that (I gave her homework). Third patient with a frozen shoulder and it was cool to give her her exercises. Fourth patient was one from last time and he was as happy as could be. He said he was sooo much better and couldn’t remember the medicine I gave him. I couldn’t either but figured it out as we talked and he left. The next one was a younger guy who reeked of cigarette smoke, has a classic beer belly and complained of severe heartburn. So I got to talk to him about things that cause heartburn and why he needs to stop smoking and drinking and the dangers associated with it. He has agreed to stop (this was before I even educated him on the evils of all this stuff to his body). So we came up with a plan on how to cut down on his drinking (our first step). What is lovely is that now he will have $900 more dollars at the end of the year! That is huge! It’s a vacation to a different country even! Next patient was listening to all this and realized he needs to stop drinking. His friends pay for it and pressure him to do it. He wants to quit so we talked about how he has to choose health or making his friends happy. I prayed with him so that God will help him out and give his strength and courage to do the right thing for himself and his body and help his friends be supportive. Last patient had something wrong that I couldn’t figure out just based on our short encounter without any labs. He has weird paralytic spells. I can’t tell if they are just his being dehydrated or there is something more serious going on. So we just prayed. Please pray for everyone!! I want them all to know God and to be used to bless the community.
After that we rushed off to English class. I got the last ½ hour to teach. Michael has been wanting me to teach First Aid and CPR and like usual, I was dragging my feet (just cause I was tired and didn’t see how it would be helpful, but mostly cause I have been living in a chronic state of fatigue and so didn’t think I could prepare something that would be up to par). However, I did the research the night before and was ready. Or so I thought. I got there and thought I would do a 5 minute thing on burns and it took 30 minutes, turned into a game and I ended up adding so many things I hadn’t planned. Their knowledge base is so low. I remember in Kindergarten we had the firemen come and teach us about stop drop and roll. I asked the class what to if they are on fire. My scenario was me dropping a lit match onto them and them catching on fire. These are their responses
a) run to the river (which is far far away)
b) run to the bathroom which would require going to the back of the class, up the stairs, up more stairs, down the hall and down another hall.
So I explained STOP, DROP and ROLL
Then we talked about what to do to treat a burn. Here were the answers
Most people choose Ice, second was toothpaste and third was sand. No one chose the correct answer of water. Toothpaste seems to be the treatment of choice in asia. Indians think the same thing. I am not sure why. Ice isn’t recommended as it kills cells but was what we all grew up doing. As for why the girl who chose sand chose it. She was in the province once and saw someone on fire and they fell to the ground on the sand and the fire went out J I explained how that was an example of stop, drop and roll and not how sand it what you should use :) But it does bring up an interesting point. A lot of our knowledge comes through experience, but if our perception of that experience is wrong, then the knowledge we obtain is flawed despite our experience.
After class Michael and I helped one of our student set up a gmail and facebook account and then we went off to find his older brother who has come into town unexpected. J I was soooo hungry and tired and we got so lost but finally we made it home and Catherine (the new vegetarian) and I ate together and then we all watched the Sorcerer’s apprentice and had popcorn for movie night. I would have stayed awake and walked more tv but I was falling asleep during the movie even. :)
This morning I was up early and no one was awake so I got to catch up on things and get this out. Jada (the three year old) woke up and usually it means someone has to get up to watch up but since I was up I gave her something to do. I have to admit, part of me felt like being selfish and just letting her get bored so I could get some work done, but then “what you do to the least of these…” came to mind. :) And you know it was so easy. It took 1 minute of my time, but it made her so happy :) I’m so glad all we have to do is love and that God gives us that love and that love not only blesses the other person but us in return. You know God really gives you what you ask for. I have been asking for more love, selfless love and I see Him doing that. :)
Let’s see what today holds! I hope you all have a very very blessed day!
God Bless and may you feel His love flooding your life and filling it with a joy that cannot be shaken and a peace and love for others, yourself and Him that passes all understanding.