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Compassion for Oaxaca

Despite the fact that the people of San Pedro Amatlan don’t have very many gringos visiting their village, they warmed up to us rapidly.

Pastor Chable is talking with a group of people waiting outside the clinic/church to get their vital signs taken and to see one of the health care providers.

There are 640 people in the village of San Padro Amatlan, 280 are men and 360 are female. It has a one bed clinic, the doctor is just a resident, and most likely at the bottom of their class.   They are assigned to work there for 6 months to a year.

The surround area has about 200,000 people living there. The hospital has 50 beds and there is not much medication available to the people. Many of the families had left the area to find work in the United States, but as our economy became bad they came back to San Padro.  But, this makes it more difficult for everyone as there is still not any work for them here. The area of Oaxaca is the second poorest state in Mexico. 72% of the employed earn less than 7 US dollars a day. 90% of the population is malnourished.

Each day at the clinic there was a demonstration given on how dirty your hands can still be even after washing them. Lotion is applied to the hands and then washed off. A black light is shined on their hands to shows how much bacteria can still be left, even after washing. The women really enjoyed this hands-on experience and laughed so hard together. It was lots of fun to watch but hard to photograph as the room has to be very dark for the light to work.

The kids played while the women were in the class on hand washing

16Hereby know we love, because he laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

 17 But whoso has the world’s goods, and behold his brother in need, and shuts up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?

 18 My Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.

1 John: 3:16-18

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