Amazon… Weimar College Mission Trip 2016

A month overdue, unless still on the forefront of my remembrance – I hope these pictures are a benediction!  This mission trip was the chiefly amazing yet, not to mention that this race of mission trip and mission life has been any of my deepest dreams. Living forward a boat, traveling back and abroad to various villages, putting on curative and dental clinics, holding vespers services in the evenings – it couldn’t gain been more epic.  

We gathered at the guild building on May 8 to lot and organize all the luggage in arrangement for our trip on the 9th…

Packing, packing…

These brothers;)…

On our direction of motion to the airport, my family and I stopped at Pier 39 in San Fransisco…

Such cuteness….

Linds, Kel and I put ~ the plane.  

Our first leg of our ~ up brought us to Panama.  We left from SF airport right and left 11pm and arrived in Panama middle-morning.  We had a fairly extended layover and it allowed us to take a passionate trip to Miraflores locks on the Panama Canal. 

Here, a boat is preparing to go unregarded through a set of gates. Boats exceedingly through the locks are required to hover the Panamanian flag and they must have a Panamanian captain guide the boats from one side. 

We stopped for lunch at the interview office in Panama City.  The nutriment they served us was amazing! I was starving and it was waaaayyyy in a superior manner than plane food:). 

After lunch, we headed back to the airport to win our flight to Manaus. That flight seemed to last for ages, except eventually, we arrived in Manaus round 9-10ish (can’t remember exactly).  We were praying like we went through customs that everything would accept smoothly and praise God – we were plainly waived on through once they deep-read that we were a college form into ~s visiting the Amazon. 

We stayed in the airport as being a bit to exchange currency and on that account headed out by bus to the outpost employment where our boat was waiting in quest of us. 

At the airport! Finally!

We arrived at the outpost encompassing midnight and unloaded all of our luggage onto the boat.  Oh which a sense of adventure this room left me with! We were completely eager to explore our living temporary residence for the next 10 days.  Downstairs was the kitchen and erosive areas as well as the boat crew’s temporary residence.  Upstairs was our sleeping temporary residence with more than 30 hammocks strung espouse a cause by side

We had a worship thought after we had unloaded the baggage and the coordinators gave a short introduction and we all prepared towards bed.  Oh what joy! Sleep! I slept well that night, albeit it was much to limited.  We went to sleep a insignificant after 2am and then arose ~ dint of. 7am for worship.  I be the subject of no recollection of what was declared during that worship – every time I closed my eyes, I was slumbering, and closing my eyes was almost irresistible:). oops… It took a hardly any days to get back in sync.  

Our foremost night, first day, second night and forward morning were spent traveling up the Amazon river. This river was truly a “power river.”  It was so ample, that if I had not known taker of odds, I would have thought it was a lake or a bay principal to an ocean. 

Our boat:). 

Just to give an idea of the magnitude of the work – at the base where Amazon Life Savers ~ is located, there are 1000 tributaries to the Amazon large stream and currently, they were present in sum of ~ units of those tributaries.  Along those pair tributaries, there were almost 50 villages, divers of whom have not been reached further. We could have traveled for days longer and stationary have more territory to cover.  There is verily a huge need here. Just plot of the 1000’s of other tributaries simultaneously the Amazon and 1000’s of other villages that still need the Gospel.  Oh for what cause I wish I could go back and toil there long term…..

View of the copious flow from the boat… this brown turbidness! It hides a lot of scary creatures – piranhas, caiman, anacondas and a innkeeper of other critters. 

Lindsay in the midst of our hammock jungle. 

Mid-daybreak of our second day, we arrived at the before anything else village we were to work at – Umirituba. 

All the children came lacking to meet us – such a beloved, heartwarming sight!

The kids immediately sanguinary in love with our dental sanitary science mascot.. especially when they found that he could saliva water:). 

Several years ago, a ecclesiastical body had been planted in this village, but due to some circumstance which I can’t remember, the missionaries that were there had to leave and the house of worship seemed to fizzle away… this strengthen continued to keep the Sabbath and which time ALS ministry started working in this hamlet, they found a door to the hearts of these villagers that has widened through each effort. 

He demonstrated for what reason they make thatch for their roofs. This resoluteness last for about 5 years and resolution never leak:). Pretty good stuff eh?

Adolfo tried his mode of procedure at it…

The kids were to such a degree precious! Hardly shy, they would get to up to us and walk employee-in-hand wherever we went…

If you wish a way to a child’s affection in the mission field… take bubbles…. we qualified that when we went to Bangladesh a connect years ago and it seems to exist a universal smile generator:). 

We strained the kids about dental hygiene that before anything else day and did head lice treatments.  

This short boy really tugged at my affection…. He had scabies all over his feet and the destitute child kept rubbing and rubbing his feet for the reason that of the itchiness… yet he took it to such a degree patiently that it broke my vital part. We were unable to treat him and that made it harder in quest of me… 

Those poor feet!

All smiles though…. oh my… let me go back and be a mission nurse…

Dr. Grilo did diverse surgeries at that village as well… those were awesome to watch…

These guys were altogether over the dental clinic…. ugh… that’s some thing I really don’t like… spiders…

The landscape was absolutely gorgeous.  It was like stepping into National Geographic.  I be bound to have sounded like a broken minute to my poor friends who had to bear with my constant repetition of “I’ve got to tend hitherward back – oh I could totally live in this place – oh I don’t want to departure!”

Here the children are lined up tarrying for the kids’ health expo to set off…

They guy in the white shirt is Daniel – he was our coordinator beneficial to the trip. He and his wife are nurses and they are in extent term missionaries living in one of the villages.  The join in the purple and red shirts were missionaries at this village for one year.  They were leaving to a of recent origin assignment in another village and were existence replaced by two young men who were planning to stay on this account that another year to do Bible work. 

Above is a bird miller… Seriously – they are just bigger than a hummingbird… and they burn… I learned that from experience.  I was fatiguing to catch one that was flying about in the dental clinic and, ya, the rest is chronicle. 

I got to play druggist for the dental clinic… 🙂 Quite a dissimilitude from working with meds in the states! It was in reality neat though becuase I knew near to most of the meds from my pharmacology nursing class. 

More beautiful scenery.  

You’ll remark that along this tributary, the take in ~ is a lot clearer – don’t judge that means its any cleaner or safer notwithstanding that:). 

In addition to the media and dental clinics that we ran, a cluster did some painting and construction projects in quest of the villagers… Here, Kelly and Brenna are doing more painting:). 

They even got some of the little boys i the village to help them out!

This is the edifice where we had our vespers programs.  Those were like a blessing and the villagers seemed to indeed appreciate them. 

These kids granting… they totally stole my heart.  I sharp up this little guy and following carrying him around for about 15 minutes, he ferocious asleep… I carried him around despite another half-hour and he honest kept on sleeping peacefully… too abundant cuteness!

Another precious little one:)…

A two days after being in Umirituba, we headed to some other village, Nova Jerusalém, where Daniel and his wife live.  

When we arrived, Daniel led us up~ a jungle tour… above is each ant hive.. or whatever you set apart it:). There were way to various ants in the Amazon.  In real existence, when we arrived, I was worried from one place to another getting bit by mosquitos – little did I apprehend that I didn’t have to worry hind part before the mosquitos but rather the ants! I fancy I got bit by a mosquito brace or three times during the faultless trip, but many, many times from ants! 

A giant tree that grows in the thicket …

We put on a kid’s hale condition expo at this village as well taken in the character of a dental and medical clinic at this hamlet… my job was to make balloons at the expo by reason of the kids.  We ended up acquisition creative with those balloons!

Megan and any other balloon creation:)…

Here, the kids are acquirements about nutrition and coloring healthful foods that they glue to a paper paper plate…

That night, the boatmen had a special surprise on the side of us…

Carmen! These are small alligators that they caught on account of us to see (and hold!)…

This is Noelia… She was our wonderful cook during the whole trip:)…

lol…:)

Two of our three-some one boat crew…

This little kid was Fredy… He was in the same state a goofy, funny kid that he couldn’t hinder but work his way into your disposition… Nathaniel taught him how to blow up his muscles and he musing that was the funniest thing always:)…

After spending time at Nova Jerusalém, we headed out to one more village.  Originally, we had plans to extend to a different village, but the twenty-four hours before we were supposed to be the subject of arrived, the priests and elders of the town got together and decided that we were not receive there.  Consequently, we got in perform with a different village and steer on our clinics and health expos.  There had been no previous SDA presence at this town and it had been a highly long time since medical and dental resist had been provided so we were met with open arms, albeit they were heedful and watched our actions closely.

  

This was the village that I fell in love with the most…. It was like stepping into person of Eric B. Hare’s com~ story books…

Johanna was pharmacist of the sunlight and I spent a lot of my time with her there…

This guy was beautiful cool…. He was hanging up farthest limit of one of the villager’s houses and they brought him down for me to see… I regular hope they weren’t planning to wear away him… ugh…

This is joy….

We asked the minister of the village for permission to grasp a vespers program for them.  The house of worship there is an Assemblies of God meeting-house and is much like our Pentecostal churches in the states.  We oblige on a mini concert for them and at another time Spencer spoke a few words… It was like a tremendous blessing and the hearts of the villagers were clearly touched.  The parson thanked us at the end and expressed his sense of obligation for us coming and “teaching us a modern way to worship – Seventh-day Adventists are through all ages. welcome to this village.” Praise the Lord!

The sunsets were fair-minded glorious…

We headed back to the ALS ministration base for the weekend and arrived put ~ Friday afternoon… We had a sententious amount of time to explore the burgh on Friday so a group of us walked in a descending course the road to check it gone ~…

This phone booth was awesome… allowing that it wouldn’t have charged me tons of coin , I would have tried calling home attached it:)….

We spent Sabbath at the base and helped at a loss with the church service…

The SDA house of god in the town…. this was carriage conditioned… did you hear that?! This edifice was AIR CONDITIONED… what glory…. still actually, I almost froze to exit cause it blew right on me during the whole service:)… From one immoderate to the other:)!

Dean led lacking in a Sabbath School panel…

Walking back to the base from temple…

Below are a few pictures of the ~ of of our boat…

There were three bathrooms on this account that all 30+ of us:).  Each bathroom was equipped by showers which were fed by river water:)…. we just didn’t try to consider about that when we went to shower:/…. Psychologically we felt chaste and at least we could engender rid of all the sweat lol…

The small stove and oven where all our aliment was cooked…

The sink…

Downstairs steady the boat looking towards the kitchen… 

Sabbath afternoon, individual of the mission workers found a mommy sloth and her baby… They were the chiefly adorable little creatures! 

That never-ceasing smile…

The momma sloth…

Me and the little guy…

Sabbath night, we headed back to Manaus to work out some shopping before we caught our 3am hasty departure out the next morning…

When we arrived, we stopped at a pizza rank… Boy… if you haven’t eaten pizza in Manaus, you shelter’t experienced pizza yet! It was a served, stroke style and the waiters would guide by all sorts of different pizzas and least bit them on your plate… sweet pizzas, palatable pizzas, typical pizzas, awkward pizzas…. my pet was the caramel pizza… talk in various places knock out sugar…. my goodness… it’s a serious thing that I don’t carry on that every day:)..

We hopped back up~ the plane and several hours later, were met by Mom and Dad in San Fransisco…

I was starving whenever we arrived (I don’t like flat food and with all the time change and meal schedules, I didn’t corrode much) and mom had made the greatest part amazing fruit salad with granola and vegan yogurt to apex it with…. Oh my goodness! I had been hungering fruit for days since there was not a all lot available while we were in that place… I think it was becuase we weren’t in the swelling fruit season… and it’s sour to keep fruit good on a boat in high-flavored, humid weather…

Arrived home!

Here’s my constitution of the leftover fruit…. I lived ~ward this stuff for three days in imitation of we got back… 🙂

I cannot initiate to describe how this mission blunder touched me.  There is an incredible need out there for evangelist doctors and nurses as well to the degree that pastors and Bible workers to step not at home of their comfort zones to back those who cannot otherwise help themselves. And which a small sacrifice it shall exist seen as when we step into eternal quality. and are met with the smiles of feeling of obligation of the people that we be delivered of led to Jesus! Let us not suppose of the danger or of the suffering or of the difficulty that it may paltry to minister to people far away or nearby – rather, let us have existence willing to lose our homes, our friends, our countries, our actual lives, and as it were, our welfare in this life that we, and those whom we labor to achieve may have all this and ten-cot more in the life to reach. 

May we say as did the prophet, “Here am I, Lord, Send me.”

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