Home, Sweet Home

Today marks our 13th day in the beautiful town of Vinto-Cochabamba.

It’s amazing how quickly this place has become our home. We are getting used to things that not long ago seemed so foreign to us—like taking Trufis downtown or throwing toilet paper in the trashcan (TMI?). We’ve even gotten into a rhythm at the hospital and with the nearby orphanages. Here’s a taste of what we are experiencing on the other side of the equator!

Hospitals of Hope Guest HouseA typical weekday starts around 8 am. We walk a couple hundred feet to the hospital and socialize with the Brazilian interns until the doctors and patients arrive. Two of us are able to follow around each doctor with 2-3 interns for the morning. There are different specialties to choose from such as emergency med, pediatrics, internal med, trauma, and gastro. It’s sometimes hard to understand everything that is happening—especially with the language barrier—but the interns are super friendly and love to help explain what’s going on! We’ve already seen some fascinating cases, including a man who needed a “bowel flushing,” a woman in a coma with several skull fractures, and a narcoleptic child.

We usually stay at the hospital until around 12, when we return to the house to find Pati and Juana cooking us some amazing meal! After lunch, we have some downtime for journaling, napping, or whatever else until 2-2:30 when we head to an orphanage. We either go to Zapatitos, the all-boys orphanage down the street, or Foundacion Esparanza, the baby orphanage in the city. Both are filled with children who eat up any love and attention that we give to them. It’s a lot of work to keep up with them sometimes, but extremely rewarding. On Friday afternoons, we head to the pediatric hospital/ burn hospital in place of an orphanage. After a few hours we head back home for dinner, which typically consists of some sort of bread and tea. Bedtime comes quickly because we are generally exhausted!

God has been so prevalent in every part of our trip, but we are especially excited about the relationships that we are forming with the Brazilian interns. One of them in particular has been very helpful in teaching us about the diseases and different medical procedures, and our friendship with him has been growing fast. We’ve shared many laughs, and recently he has expressed a real interest in learning about God. We are eager to see where that conversation goes. Please pray for more opportunities with him and others that cross our paths!

Once again, thanks for your prayers and support (and patience with our lack of contact!). Your partnership makes all of this possible.

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