Saturday, March 26, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
On our last day of clinic we got slammed with patients. Of course everything was orderly, and the people very appreciative. There seemed to be a lot of Egyptians today.
I learned today that the head dress of the Jordanians is red and white.
I was too busy to get any photos today, but they would have been the same as before. The staff was wonderful.
Dinner at 2 PM was again quite good - chicken on top of rice with raisins and almonds and a different spice than before. They haven't starved us!! Supper is some pita bread and humus.
The weather has turned cold and will be only to 55 tomorrow and down into the 40's tonight. We are traveling North to the East side of the Sea of Galilee just South of the Golan Heights.
I am starting to wear out and getting ready to return home.
The people continue to return to the clinic as they love that they are being prayed for! This type of care and compassion have not been shown them very often, if at all...Sad isn't it?
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This was a much busier day today. We started off with a banquet of breakfast food provided by a lovely lady above the clinic. The variety was large and all of it quite good.
The clinic was very busy today. I kept the children full of suckers and stickers as best I could between patients.
The patients are lovely people. They are most grateful for the least amount of service and contrast with some of our previous experiences. The are loving people and loved to be prayed over.
Yesterday a lady with sever Herpes Zoster neuropathy, (shingles) a painful condition, came in for help. I explained to her that it may last months to a lifetime and provided her with a small supply of analgesics. I then prayed with her. I learned this morning that she called her daughter, who then call a friend, who was the wife of the person talking to me. She much appreciated the prayer more than anything else. She returned today for more prayer!! Isn't interesting a fascinating how one small act spread so far and quickly.
I saw another lady today, who had multiple complaints. I finally asked her what was really upsetting her. She is from Syria and feels that no one loves her in Jordan. I explained the WE loved her and Jesus loves her. She left somewhat happier. Although much less so than in Palestine, social, political pressures are a major issue here as well.
Today starts our second day in clinic. The Church wishes to feed us breakfast today, so we will arrive at clinic early and eat above the patient area. The weather continues to be delightful Spring. It is mostly sunny and generally pleasant in the 70’s during the day. The night is a cooler 55-65.
Yesterday we were fed our main meal at 2 PM, which is the tradition. We were fed chicken on top of rice and almonds, a very traditional Arab meal, and of course it was quite good. We had Shwarma again for supper at about 8 PM.
Jordan is a pleasant country, from the little we have seen of it. It is typically paper strewn with little concern about rubbish, but the homes are clean. The people are quite varied, perhaps because of Jordan’s location. But there seem to be people from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Afganistan, and Iran. Subsequently the dress is varied amongst the Muslims. There are all gradations of Muslim dress, from the most conservative “eyes only,” to Western styles. Some of the shops even display very Western dress, which was a surprise to me.
Ziad (J) explained that the women are becoming more and more resistant to the traditional dress. Never-the-less, women are very subjugated here as has been our experience in other Muslim countries.
Medicines are available over-the-counter. Therefore there is considerable antibiotic abuse. The people use antibiotics at the first sign of a sore throat, headache, earache, etc. The obvious (to us) result is considerable antibiotic resistance of bacteria, making appropriate use of antibiotics most difficult. I’m happy to say, that despite pressure, we distributed very few antibiotics yesterday.
The illness are typical: headaches, gastritis, colds, bronchitis, arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease. Unfortunately, there is also considerable anxiety, especially amongst the women.
Most everyone is open and accepting of prayer, and as I mentioned yesterday, they all leave with dramatically lifted spirits and emotions.
There is discussion of hardships, family members stuck in other countries because of nationality and politics, death and illness, etc.
I did some laundry last night, and I mention it to show how spoiled we are. I was lucky because rather than using a sink, there was a washing machine in this apartment. The washing machine had to be filled by hand, and I only had a small pot to carry water from the sink to the machine. Then you can turn on the agitator and set a timer. You have to manually turn the switch to drain the washing compartment, AFTER placing the drain hose in an appropriate location! Then you refill by hand the machine to rinse, re-drain. The clothes are then transferred to the spin side of the machine. Unfortunately the spin section didn’t work, so I hand wrung the clothes and then hung them on a line out doors. They are almost dry this morning, and I will do the rest of the laundry tonight.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Our first day of clinic went very well. The facility is quite nice, good space, not hot and good crowd control. The people are lovely as they seem to be all over the world, with pretty much the same problems we usually see. As antibiotics are very much abused and freely used in this part of the world, we tried to avoid unnecessary further use.
People entered the clinic with uncertainty, and neutral expressions, but all left spiritually uplifted and smiling.
There were not too many children, but those who were there were delightful, and were kept entertained with the supplies you sent.
Team is healthy and all working very well together.
We spent the day at Jerash, an old Roman town. It is probably the largest Roman ruins I have seen. And it is in quite good condition.
The weather has been delightful.
Last night we went to Church. Surprisingly, Christianity is tolerated here, and this was an open Christian church with about 40 believers. Of course it was all in Arabic. The sermon was on the veracity of the Bible, and included discussions of the Scrolls. I could figure this out from some of the pictures, plus a photo Qurum.
The pastor is a military man who now has given his heart to Jesus. Of course, he has had attempts on his life because of it. What a lovely man with a lovely family. He is hosting our team at his home for meals.
We visited the clinic last night and it is a great setup. The dentist actually has a regular dental chair and equipment. This is a functioning clinic.
Today we start to serve people