Medical Outreach Team, Update 8: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Greetings again from South Africa. We continue to be amazed by all we have experienced and all that God is doing here. Today, we are reflecting on the last three days, during which we have participated in three clinics. We are exhausted, but are rejuvenated by the Zulus’ smiles, the laughter and eagerness of the children, and the sheer beauty of our surroundings.
There have been many special moments shared by our team members during the clinics. Children squealing with delight when they receive Tylenol in the pharmacy—something we take very much for granted. The look of surprise on children’s faces when glasses allow them to see distance for the first time. People returning to the clinic saying they believed in God because the medicine provided healed their pain. Gogos (grannies) dancing in church. The beautiful voices. The ocean. The stars. Witnessing what it means for people to rejoice in suffering, be patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer (Romans 15). It really is too much to convey in this moment, and it may be a while before we really can process it all.
We cannot believe we are one week into our trip already. As for me, I am trying to savor each moment, looking forward to our remaining two clinics, yet knowing it will all move too fast. We are so grateful for the opportunity to come to this country. I am humbled that the locals value the medicine and care we provide, when really they are the ones that continue to bless us.
We hope that you are all well, and ask for your continued prayers for the remaining work we will do, and for joyful hearts as we go about it.
Siyabonga (we thank you),
Sarah, for the team