On Monday, just 9 days after we sailed into Madagascar, we began our first patient selection day. Over 2,00 people lined up at the CHU Morafeno in Toamasina hoping that Mercy Ships could help them.Some families traveled from over eight hours away. There were individuals who have experienced rejection from their communities. Lines stretched several city blocks long. The opening of the screening center in Toamasina marked the first time Mercy Ships would screen patients over several weeks in lieu of one massive screening day.
The Academy has not yet been a part of the screening process. We plan to take part in some through out the field service. Our students have faced many challenges and changes this year including being in 3 different countries in 12 weeks, really rough sails, change of country destination due to Ebola and many others. The last 2 weeks were the first "normal" school weeks we have had. We decided to give the students some stability and consistency for a while. =)
Here are some pictures from the screening last week.
I sure miss seeing Cutler and Charley grow up, but I love teaching Charlotte and Xavier!
Thank you so much for your support and encouragement! I could not do this with out you!