I often joke that where we live is in the middle of nowhere. The hospital sits alongside a dirt road with small villages on either side of it. We are situated one and a half hours from the nearest bank, supermarket, and pharmacy (other than what we stock at the hospital). However we are like a big city to some patients who come to visit us from along the coast and up in the mountains.
About two weeks ago I (Alisa) saw a sweet older couple, Bernarda and Julio, for a check up of their chronic conditions. During a visit I like to ask where a patient is from and what they do where they live. Imagine my surprise when they said that they lived in the small mountain community of Buenos Aires. They are both in their 80’s, but had walked over four hours to get to the hospital for their appointment!
They woke in the pre-dawn hours to slowly make their way down the mountain- Bernarda assured me that they walked very slowly in order to avoid injury. Thankfully Julio, who was getting treatment for a gastric ulcer, was feeling much better and seemed to be recovering quickly. For this couple, our hospital is one of the few options that they have for any kind of health care. I prayed for their journey home and was reminded of the verse in Psalm 18:36: “You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.”
In the same week during one of Andrew’s call days a nurse radioed at 9pm. She said that there was a young man that just arrived with a bullet wound to his leg that needed urgent attention. It had happened at 11am that morning, but they were so far up the mountains that it had taken him 10 hours to descend and arrive at the hospital! He had tripped and fallen during a hunting trip, causing his gun to fire and it hit his left calf. Friends and family carried him for the first three hours out of the jungle, then he made the rest of the way slowly across trails, rivers, and dirt roads, to arrive after nightfall at Loma de Luz. The next morning he was brought to the operating room to repair his calf which had great results (before and after pictures available per request via Andrew. We realize that there may be some folks out there that don’t want to see a gun shot wound as a part of their Wednesday afternoon). He was discharged two days later.
Loma de Luz is situated in a rural area to serve such patients as these. Please join me in praying for them and future people that we serve that just like in Exodus 13 that their travels would be watched over by The One on High. “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so they could travel by day or night.”