several weeks back we had a lovely couple visit La Gonave from the states (Rob and Beth)... on one of the days here they did a craft afternoon with the kids... much fun was had by all. here's some pics of them getting their creative ON!
EVERYONE got in on the fun... ;-)
as is often the case... IMPROV proved the most fun of all. ;-)
THANKS for all the Fun, R & B!! :-D
First of all, I want to take a minute to say "Hello!!" to all of our supporters! Our family is so excited to be taking over as the new in country reps for Okipe. These past seven weeks have been full of learning and new adjustments. We are starting to settle in to our new home and are quite happy with how our days are starting to fall into a routine now.
Just last week, we had our first real live team to try out all of our learning on :) Thankfully, this team was from our hometown and we already knew most of them. They were gracious and encouraging...just what we needed from our first team!
The DECAID Team hit the ground running! They arrived on the island Saturday around lunch and were out to the CV to start medical checks by 4! We are so thankful to have such a consistant group that offers medical check ups at least once every six months for the children for the past three years.
It is always fun when you see the children recognize people when they return time after time. Their trust grows and their fear (especially of doctors) dissipates.
Some of the older boys waiting their turn...
Sophonie peeking in on the action :)
If you haven't had a chance to meet Mr. Bee, you are missing out! Okipe and Mme. Soliette have hired Bee to work as our assistant and book keeper. He is always willing to help even at a moments notice...any time of day. Even Mr. Bee had a chance for the doctors to take a look at his knee. Their diagnosis..."Too much basketball!" I think they might be right. There aren't many days that go by when Mr. Bee doesn't hold his own out on the basketball court with the kids.
The boys checking out some of their goodies from the team.
Dr. Paul couldn't wait to finish the exams so that he could go play!! He's such a kid at heart :)
Thank you so much to the DECAID Team for their time and care. This week, we were able to send four children to see an ear, nose and throat specialist who traveled with the team. One of the children has struggled with cronic earaches and has a perferated eardrum on one side and a repaired perferation on the other side. When the ENT returns in March, he will do a simple surgery to eliminate these cronic ear infections. We also had a girl who had a mass in her breast the size of a walnut. She has been experiencing pain for the past nine months. The DECAID Team had an ultrasound tech with them and later during the week brought her in for an ultrasound. After a few minutes the tech came out and said we must not have the right girl because there is the mass is gone! We double checked the charts and we had the right girl. She said, "It was me." I asked her if she had any more pain. She said no. Let me just say, we did a little PRAISE JESUS dance right then!! Isn't our God amazing!?
Looking forward to seeing this team again in March!
... just adding a few more pics of the DECAID team... and addtional thanks! ~ Matt
waiting thier turn for the docs (and being much braver than i was at their age)!
oh the things you'll see. ;-)