Wow, today was our first clinic. How could we possibly begin to unpack for you how amazing the day was? We headed out early to the Koh Nhek, Mondulkiri, province, a community that’s has only 12 Christians. The “village chief” allowed us to work under his elevated dwelling, and the men of the village promptly and quite efficiently set up stumps and boards and slabs of wood to fashion for us tables and chairs for our clinic. Their resourcefulness and hard work to provide for us was such a blessing to us all. So while we were there to serve them, the day actually started off with them serving us!
The team quickly went to work, organizing areas for the following: Tim, an area for which he saw patients — with Kunthea and Joe nearby to translate; Megan and Heidi, an area for taking blood pressure and helping in the pharmacy, dispensing medications; Jeff and Amy took Polaroid pictures of each patient; Leslie, Cherry, Kay and Wisana (a young leader from one of the local churches) were stationed at the intake area where name, age, height, and weight were taken; and Charis and Rachel entertained the children. To have Joe, Kay, Kunthea, and Wisana’s help was invaluable! The Lord knew we would need them, so join with us as we thank the Lord for their participation.
We saw roughly 130 patients in 6 hours. Tim was able to address the needs of almost all of the patients, with the exception of about 5 people. After about 4 hours into clinic Rachel decided to hand out the wordless bracelets to the kids. All the interpreters were busy and did not have time to interpret the significance of the bracelets, but Rachel felt she needed to hand them out anyway. So as she tied each and every bracelet on, she looked into the eyes of the recipients and told of God’s great love for them and all that Jesus has done for them. For others she recited John 3:16. Although our language is a barrier between us and they cannot understand what was being said, God’s power is boundless, it cannot be contained, and there’s certainly no barriers for Him. So we are trusting Him to do the work that only He can do in drawing them and transforming their hearts of stone to hearts of flesh.
Rachel handed the bracelets out for hours as not only children received them, but parents came from afar and stood in line to request them, too. The chief sat stoically, watching, but refused to take one for himself. One woman brought her husband
from home, having earlier cut off his red Buddhist bracelet, and asked for one of the gospel bracelets. Wisana was nearby and translated the gospel story to him. Within seconds, a young man — who looked influential in the village — thrust his wrist forward seeking one as well. After it was placed on his wrist he pulled the cuff of his sleeve down so the bracelet could not be seen. Wisana reprimanded him while, with much authority, pushing his sleeve up. Again, the gospel was shared. Wow! We don’t know if there will be ramifications for that young man, but we are praying specifically for him and the entire village.