Our return began with us waiting for the drivers to load the mutur at 2.30AM.
It’s very black in the jungle at that hour but the stars were magnificent! Once loaded, we said our good-byes and took off in that blackness.
We added a couple extra passengers on our return trip.
Midin is a young woman I met when she was only fifteen. Now she has four beautiful children. I was delighted when she visited me in the village with her daughter, Yami and Inay Ladinay, a friend and the village health worker. Quickly delight changed to concern as she explained that little Yami was suspected of having TB and needed a check up a year ago but they only had enough money for the trip back from the hospital. Could they ride with us to save on the cost to the hospital?
So Midin and Yami traveled out with us. The heavy rains that pounded our fun day at the river caused even more mud and swollen river passages. One beautiful thing the Lord arranged for a visit with Midin’s sister who lives along our route. They had only visited once since her sister left the village and she had never seen her little niece. We witnessed the tearful reunion as they hugged and chatted together at breakfast before we pressed on to the hospital.
Medical Assistance ministry could be our full time ministry here – easily! Midin explained to me her fear of all the unknowns – big city, language and procedures being foremost. The hospital is extremely crowded and everything moves so fast. The tribal people are not even sure of what questions to ask the busy staff. Traffic baffles them – how and when to move in it. Like many of us, they do not understand the medical terms or instructions that are either English or Cebuano, languages that are not theirs. Midin had papers thrust in her hand and had no idea what they were – prescriptions and x-ray schedules. No wonder they feel scared to be in the city! We are often confused by it all as well but we at least understand hospitals. Midin and Yami are waiting now at the big hospital for treatment and medicine and are a six hour trip for us to visit. They could be there at least two weeks as far as we understand it today.
- for Yami as she undergoes the strange things they are doing to check her for TB
- for Midin as a young mother facing city and hospital challenges for the first time out of the jungle
- for the doctors to clearly diagnose her problem and get her the medical help she needs
- for their care during this Easter week when EVERYTHING shuts down
- for strength and endurance as they deal with this difficult situation far from home and family
- for health to return to Yami
- for their return to the village as quickly as possible