Team Captain: Bob McCartneyHometown: Rainbow City, Alabama Dates served: April 20-27, 2013 Village: Monquecagua, Intibucá Team Stats: Professions of Faith: 239 Bibles: 263 Medical Patients: 2294 Prescriptions filled: 10,250 Dental Patients: 358 Teeth extracted: 525 Eye Glasses: 305 Bible School: 764
A winding road led us to Monquecagua. This village was unlike many that we see with no town square in the middle of town. It was more spread out with lots of land between the homes. An angry bull, positioned in the field across the road from the school, huffed and puffed as the people walked by to the delight of all of us.
It was a nicer school, although the people seemed very poor. The women and girls wore colorful long sleeved blouses and skirts, probably homemade. Many of the villagers wore black rubber boots although it was dry season and the ground and roads were extremely dusty.
The team brought boxes of donated clothes, shoes, handbags, backpacks and other school items which were set on tables and called a 'garage sale'. After the people had gone through the clinic, they waited in line to receive their gifts. It was both fun and rewarding to hand out the items to their smiling faces.
While seeing patients, nurse Misti, attended to an older woman with cancer in her eye. She had already been diagnosed by a doctor and had an appointment at a hospital in Tegucigalpa. The problem was she didn't have the money for the treatments. Having heard about the problem, team captain Bob asked for donations by the team. He only made it through half the team when he had more than enough money collected. She is now receiving treatment for the cancer.
Few school children had uniforms. One of the churches represented by the team members had raised money for school uniforms. After talking to the school director about the uniforms, it was decided that purchasing uniform shirts for many was better than purchasing entire uniforms for a few. We met him in the nearest city, La Esperanza, and bought 182 uniform shirts. On the last day of clinics, eighty-four students arrived at noon to see why their school director had asked them to come on a no-school-day. When the packaged shirts were handed to them, many students looked confused as to what it was. After everyone had received the correct size, the students were told to open the packages. Their faces lit up when they realized what it was. Many began taking off their shirts and putting the new shirts on while others put them on over their clothes. We were all emotional watching the kids delight in something so small.