Sunday, April 20, 2008

Welcome to the Jungle!

Well, we are here! Here in the jungle that is! We flew into Quito, Equador on Friday and then took a bus down to Tena, Equador yesterday. It was about four hours or so. The roads are not paved yet, so it was a very bumpy ride. One of the doctors on the trip said I looked green and handed me a bag. Luckily, I did not get sick, I was just very nautious for about 3 1/2 hours!
Tena is a very, very poor city thats situated next to the Amazon Rainforest. We are hosting a medical clinic tomorrow for the local townspeople and tribal people from the jungle. When we were eating dinner tonight we heard a bus drive by announcing the medical clinic this week on its loud speaker. We¨re expecting to treat thousands. I will be working in the eye clinic "lenses" area all week testing patients on their vision and distributing eyeglasses. One of our leaders taught me everything that I need to know, so Im feeling pretty confident there.

Of course, I would be remiss if I did not talk about the food. The fruit here is so FRESH!! It is delicious! I guess that makes sense since they literally walk into the rainforest and pluck it from the tree!

Im really looking forward to seeing what God is going to do this week! Andrew and I are just thinking that we are the vessels that God is using to do His work in this area. Starting tomorrow, the patients will enter the clinic and go to five stations: doctor, lenses, dentist, spiritual counseling and then finally the pharmacist. Our hope is that the people will come to the clinic and at least hear about God. Most of the people down here have never heard the gospel! Isnt that crazy?!

Here are some pictures from our trip so far-



Only about 20 mins into the trip to Tena...



Talking to the locals and handing out DumDums
Setting up the medical clinic
Twin folks: no cell service here...shouldve known- no cell towers in the jungle!
Ill try to post again soon! Be praying for us!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Beginning of the Journey



Here is the team that's going to Ecuador. In the middle, in the plaid shirt, is Don, our team leader. Looks like there's a younger couple our age too. Yay!

We're packed up and heading to the airport tomorrow morning. Off to begin our journey! Apparently, there is a computer in our hotel so I will try to post as often as I can! Pray for us!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Birthday Celebration!

On Saturday night we celebrated my birthday by going to Fire & Ice with our friends Caitlin and Andrew Capstickdale & Chris and Aimee Banta. It was great! See pics below.


Aimee, me and Cait- my friends are so beautiful!


Chocolate cake! Yummy! It had a delicious chocolate mousse icing

Huge grill where the chefs cook your food

Quick Bible verse that's on my mind as I prepare for the trip:

"Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." ~1 Cor. 15:58

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Finally...

the blog is back up! The Google folks tagged it as spam and shut us down for a week. But we're back! Finally.

We've been really busy preparing for our trip to Ecuador! This past Wednesday we went to the UAB Travel Clinic and got our shots that we needed in order to stay safe while we're there. Andrew and I both got four each: Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and Tetanus. OUCH! The shots themselves didn't hurt near as bad as the soreness that followed for the next three days. Finally, I can lift my arms over my head without feeling pain!

Other random stuff that's been going on this week: we got Sadie groomed yesterday.


Before


After!

Poor girl...yeah, it was quite a butchering, but she needed it for the hot weather and all. Gotta stay cool during summer in Alabama! And speaking of hot weather, I got some new spring lipstick! And I love it! I'm sure Andrew is rolling his eyes right now as he reads this. It's MAC and the color is called "Lustering." Ha! It's fun and bright- perfect for going out on summer nights.