Day 7: Clinic and VBS in Mitu, Water Purification Workshop

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Team photo following the “Awards Ceremony”

Today was our last day of clinic and VBS and it was a busy one.  After breakfast and a devotional at the restaurant (waiting for the rain to stop so we could walk back) we started the day with a variety of crafts and activities for the children and a full schedule of patients for the doctor, dentists and eye doctor.

There was another round of Nancy taking pictures and Heather, Susan and Linda showing the kids how to make frames.  The children made personalized beach balls and played with  them. Luca and Robin led them in several games including a spirited “three legged race” and other Mitu-lympic events. Rita shared another Bible story in Spanish with the children.

The clinic once again saw many patients with the dentists (Dr. Claudia and Dr. Luce) set up in the local dentist office up the street.  Dr. Gigliola had another busy day with Leonel, Belgica, Pastor Fabio’s wife Diana and Claudia Baron helping with check in and serving coffee and snacks for the team and kids.  David and Juan alternated between the clinic and VBS helping with translation.

In the afternoon, Juan gave a presentation on the importance of pure water for health and hygiene and then Craig took the tribal leaders through the steps of constructing a bio-sand water filter using plastic containers and sand, rocks and other materials that were available locally.  Today we also saw the results of yesterday’s soap making workshop and each leader was given a piece of soap to take with them.  I see a couple of potential business opportunities in the future.

We finished the day after dinner by hearing a couple songs performed by the tribal leaders.  Then Dizzy the clown performed her magic act and Gospel presentation and delighted the children.  Then it was time to give out the clothing outfits that were prepared for each child by name by the Lord’s Closet team.  We also gave clothing gifts to each of the leaders and their wives and a special gift of wireless microphones was given to Pastor Fabio to use in his church.  The evening ended with the “awards ceremony” where each person was given a medal commemorating the trip with “Spanish River Mission 2013″ engraved on each (thank you Tom and Mary Ann Souza of Personalized Experts for suppling the medals).

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