You know your team is tired when you see team members actually nodding off over their dinner plates. You know your team is tired when you see someone spooning out their morning porridge onto their plate instead of their bowl. (Sorry Angie, but that was really funny!)
Well, it is no wonder that everyone is so tired. The surgical team has completed surgeries on 196 patients and the mobile medical, dental and eye team in Banda Ahenkro provided care care to 1300 patients from thirty-three villages over two days. Yesterday alone, another fourteen patients also received vision-saving laser surgery for glaucoma. The amazing thing about this team is that no one is focused on numbers. We are focused on showing love and compassion and care to one patient at a time.
David Mensah is really happy, as he has now added a fifth ram to his collection. NEA and the team received this gift along with a big pile of yams on behalf of the General Secretary of the ruling Party of Ghana, the President of Ghana, the Paramount Chief of the Banda Traditional Area, as well as a large group of sub-chiefs, two Queen Mothers and the local Member of Parliament. So the name of NEA and the name of our team is travelling far and wide.
And it is a very good name. So good that vehicles started arriving to Carpenter last night with patients who planned to camp out and secure their spot in line for tomorrow’s clinic. At 5:00am there must be at least 100 people already lined up outside the gate. As we pushed through the crowds to get to breakfast I overheard a team member saying, “This is the only time I ever feel like a movie star!”
And so we begin our final two clinics right here on the compound of NEA. We are looking forward to the entire team being together on one site as we complete our mission, and we are really looking forward to access to REAL BATHROOMS (YEAH!!!) while we work. Bring on the Tim Horton’s coffee, Brenda!
This morning is a fresh new day and I hear the laughter of my teammates as they prepare for the day and compare notes on how their diarrhea is coming along. At breakfast, Happy Birthday was sung in 3- or 4- part harmony for our friends Anthony and Lorraine. My heart is full of gratitude for these amazing team members and our Ghanaian volunteers who have worked so hard. My prayer is that we finish well, that we finish strong, that the laughter would continue, and that God would continue to give us health and strength to complete our mission with excellence.
One of our team quotes seems like a fitting end to this morning’s post. Dr. Seuss in The Lorax said,
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
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