I've been too long away from the blog, not because there's nothing to report, but because so much has been going on. Last week Kathy Garcia was here and she and Darren and I did a lot of visiting, preparing and talking. The preparations included a good visit to Estanzuelas, where we'll have our 2013 general medical mission, and then a visit to the hospital at Santiago de Maria, where we hope to have our eye surgery mission. At the hospital, we all put on scrubs and booties to get a tour of the surgery suite - which looks great for our work. As we got ready to leave, I stuffed my scrubs in my bag and picked up another set, which I assumed were Darren's. The next day I pulled them out and discovered to my horror that I'd run off with someone else's scrubs, and furthermore that there was $3 in the pocket - someone's lunch money. I imagine this poor soul cursing the gringos! So this week I had to make the long trip back to Santiago de Maria (it's more than 2 hours from Suchitoto) to hand in the scrubs and confess. It was the nun who did it!
Among the pleasures of Kathy's week here were visits with two scholarship students who were outstanding volunteers in earlier missions: Walther from Panchimalco, now in the 4th year of his engineering program: