Between the first and second day here in Vanadzor we served 560 people. Our medical team consists of nine doctors including a pharmacist, dentists, a chiropractor, orthopedic surgeons, OB/gyn, nurses, students in the medical field and lay persons such as myself. In addition, we have young women who attend the local university serving as interpreters as well as a local physician and dentist. The pharmacy team has worked tirelessly filling prescriptions of 100 different medications. It is a very cohesive group of people serving together with love for each other as well as the patients. We must also give thanks and praise for the women of the Vanadzor church who have prepared three meals each day for us as well as serving us fruit and pastries while we worked. All of these groups of people are individual parts of the body of Christ, each essential, and working as one.
Although I have no medical interest, seeing the work being done and patients so happy is truly inspiring. Today a lot of the patients were helping me learn Armenian while they waited to see their doctor. Every time I would try to say something, I would fail, and they would all laugh at me in unison…but hey, at least I put some smiles on their faces right?
Today, Dr. Glidewell had a patient who had two broken legs, Dr. Bogosian had someone who nearly had a heart attack, Dr. Phillips had a 36 year old with breast cancer, and Dr. Ruth looked great in her scrubs. The patients are very grateful and well deserving of our service. They all refer to us as their brothers and sisters and love to say “thank you,” “I love you,” and “God bless you”…of course in Armenian, but I’m still working on that. Overall, it was another beautiful day of service and we are so thankful for all that God has provided and for what He is doing in the lives of the patients as well as ourselves.
Tomorrow, half of us will be heading to Stepanavan, and half of us will be heading to Sisian to continue our service. Please keep us in your prayers, especially the team going to Sisian, as this is the first year that they will be going there.