"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. We worked day and night in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you." 1 Thessalonians 2:8-9

This blog is much more than our family and our crazy antics. After being overseas in Haiti for 4 years we prayed about coming back to the States and just still felt like God was going to use our family overseas...so here we go again. The big move to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and now the school growing and moving to Barbados. We just can't seem to rest until our family can love as many as we can to relationships with Christ. We always feel so blessed to meet the many people we get to serve with overseas, and of course love that you are reading with us as we serve in a new culture!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hospital Time

      I've been to the hospital here often for different reasons: to read to the kids, visit patients, help birth a baby, and encourage the ladies with songs.  This visit was different- I was a patient.  I went in recently and had 3 sweet friends volunteer to come with me!  Brice stayed home with the kids.  Here are some things I found they do in a 3rd world country hospital:

     -If an ambulance comes in with an emergency all the doctors go that emergency, so you won't be seen until the emergency is stabilized.
     - Every patient gets an IV, no matter what there problem is.  Or at least they did the night I was there.
     -There are 2 bathrooms  for the whole emergency floor and one is for handicap.  Since I had an IV I felt I qualified to use the handicap one.
     -Healthcare is all free, but on the flip side there is no toilet paper, soap, pads, bandages- you have to provide that yourself.
     -The night I was there was very busy, (when is it not?),  so the bathroom had not been cleaned.  The floor was covered in urine.
     - Since you are being flooded with fluids from an IV and you wait awhile, you have to pee a lot!
     - While there, a prisoner was being treated too, being handcuffed and going to the bathroom takes awhile.  So, thus more waiting for a bathroom.
     - Thankfully one of the friends who came with me did not mind holding up clothes while I used the bathroom with an IV in a smelly room.
     - Even with over 40 people registered waiting to be seen for tests, they did not label blood samples, so I think I got accurate information back!

     I am thankful for friends that support us even on more challenging days and new experiences!