Sunday January 13, 2019

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father though him.

Everyone was up before the sun (some a little less thrilled about it), but it was for such a wonderful reason. Today we made breakfast for everyone on the mission, a full spread with scrambled eggs, pancakes, and fresh fruit salad. With a start at 5:45 am we were able to get the fire started so we can cook the pancakes outside on the griddle where they make the chapati’s. This was quite an undertaking, but with the help of the older girls, everything was ready on time and tummies were filled to the max. Everyone seemed very happy with the change of breakfast menu and we were so happy to be able to provide this little treat for the kids. Our kiddos were a little unhappy to get up this early, but once they were up, they did a great job cheerfully preparing the fruit salad while I made the pancake mix and cracking all of the eggs for the scrambled eggs. This would not have been successful without the help of the girls…we would have never been able to make the Chai! Jeff was able to finish the eggs just in time for breakfast while the girls and I sat outside making pancakes until about 8:45, but we at least had enough for everyone in time for breakfast. Once we knew we had enough for everyone to have enough we put the rest of the mix into a bowl to save for tomorrow.

This was such a fun experience and it was so great to hear all of the happy thank you’s from the kids. I am so thankful that God put us in this place to experience the wonderful love these children have for their world. They always have a smile on their face and I am so grateful to learn the gift of gratitude from them. I wish we had more pictures of this mornings breakfast and the kids, but we were all having such a good time that we forgot!

Everyone was really tired by the end of the day today, but we weren’t done with the excitement. This afternoon David started complaining that his ear was hurting inside and Lucia has been complaining since yesterday that her ear was hurting, though her pain was all coming from the outside of her ear, we decided to take it easy. Just after 4 pm tea time I was sitting upstairs with the kids while Jeff was tutoring some of the older kids in Economics and I just happen to glance at Lucia’s ear. Inside her ear had what looked like black dirt, but I soon realized that was not the case. I sent for Jeff to help and he confirmed my thought, a tick had burrowed into the cartilage of her outer ear and all the black stuff was actually dried blood. With the helpful and steady hand of Uncle Rick, the tick was removed with only a few blood curdling screams. Thankfully it was not a dangerous tick, just a common one for here that she likely picked up when we were in the jungle. Our thought is that she carried it back on her sweatshirt and when she wore it again yesterday, it attached to her ear. Once it was removed we covered it with some iodine and then when she had calmed we cleaned it out really well with an antiseptic rinse and more iodine. As soon as we had thoroughly cleaned the redness on and around her ear subsided and returned to its normal pink color. Since we had the otoscope handy we took a look into David’s ear to find out that he had an ear infection, so we started him on some antibiotics. Quite a crazy afternoon, but it all had a happy ending. Lucia’s ear was no longer causing her pain and with David starting that antibiotics he should be feeling better in a day or two.

There are no pictures for today, just the exciting stories of a pancake breakfast, a tick in the ear, and an ear infection.

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