Today, two things stood out to me:
1. We were all feeling a little more secure about our Spanish until we arrived in this town outside of Tecpan. Once we got there and started talking to the patients, we realized that probably 25% of them didn't speak Spanish...they spoke the traditional Mayan language (which I can't spell!). We not only used translators but we also enlisted the help of others in line who could help us explain procedures and medications.
2. I pondered on the word "needy". Yes, these people needed medicine. They needed doctors since the closest ones are 3 hours away. But they needed little else. They have food (agriculture was abundant), they have family, they have a breathtaking location for a town, they make their own clothes...they really don't "need" much. This is the message I am taking with me today...we so often feel we "need" so much. Living simply is a beautiful thing.