Sunday saw a few going to the border at 5 AM round tripping back at 6:10 AM.
We returned to find some doing yoga on the beach and some just getting up to have coffee during the sonrise. A breakfast at 7:30 was a good preparation for the day. Jamin Walsh headed back to the airport. Chad Mackey arrived late last night from the airport and the teams all got ready to go to locations.
The Village Team picked up their translators in front of the busy Catholic Church in Corozal at 7:50 AM just before the 8 AM service began. Heading straight north we landed in the small village of Consejo. We were told to “look
for the tent.” This is all we know a lot of the time when we go to a village. As always we asked for more tables and chairs than they had guessed, but the tent was in the burning hot sun. We tried to see how much sun screen and hats we would have to survive what was already a scorching bright day. The pharmacy found a place to set up under the age of a hundred year old tree at the other end of the field. We asked about the medical trailer. We looked inside and it was not going to help for what we needed. “Well we do have an abandoned church,” we were told. After looking, we were quite pleased. This was what we normally use, a community building or church this size works well. We moved the tent closer to the church on the other side of the medical trailer and went to several homes asking for brooms.
This building had not been used in a while. We found some wet wipes to wipe off the chairs and tables inside. The doctors and nurses set up their stations, including one made of two walkers and a board. Off we went to work.
This village had beautiful birds and was right on the coastal water. The next door neighbor had fresh grown bananas that were as fat as most of us had ever seen before. It was a good day in Consejo’ and with a fairly light attendance we headed back to watch the Super Bowl at 3 PM. Tomorrow will be a really long day and include crossing a ferry hand cranked over a river and serving a community that only speaks German. We are anxious to see this Mennonite Community, called Little Belize that most of us have never entered before.