by Jamie Hansbery
This years trip was awesome! We had so many hardworking people on our team. The days were busy and started early but everyone did so well and really worked hard all week! We went to four different sites throughout the week and saw over one hundred patients every day. Our sites this year included some right in town and some more rural sites. Either way we seemed to be able to set up and have a comfortable and efficient way of getting everything done. The schools are always a little bit more cramped to work in and we usually have to do some space planning in order to get our patient flow down, but it always ends up working.
As usual all the patients were extremely kind and gracious that we were there to help them. They are always very polite and respectful, even the children who are more than likely scared to get drops act so brave and sweet. They all smile and give their thanks after each station and often we get hugs :). One lady in particular this year caught my eye when she arrived as though she had been making dinner and rushed out the door to make it to her exam on time. She was still wearing her plaid apron when she came to see us. She was so sweet and gave the best hugs!
The interpreters did a phenomenal job of course! We are so lucky we have all of them because they really make everything run smoothly and are always at our sides to help with anything and everything. They are definitely more than just our interpreters for the week. They are part of our team and they are also our friends! I love seeing the familiar faces of all the interpreters who come back year after year. They are so fun and it’s great learning from them and learning about them.
I have been on the trip three years in a row now, and I have loved it every time! Each year I look forward to seeing our interpreters and learning with them and talking about whats new in our lives. The patients are a joy to see and make going there and helping so worth it. I highly recommend going on a mission trip at some point because of the amazing feeling you get when you are helping so many people and the awesome experience it is to go to another country and provide a great service.