Posted by: calloftheandes | May 20, 2016

Notes from the Quake Zone (Twenty-second in a Series)

A young boy astride an albino mountain pony at El Remojo during a Reach Beyond medical caravan to the area.

A young boy astride an albino mountain pony at El Remojo during a Reach Beyond medical caravan to the area.

(8 May 2016, El Remojo, Manabí Province, Ecuador)

by Ralph Kurtenbach

Set up the mobile clinic in a covered shed where it looked like we would be cramped? Or beneath the spread-wide branches of a large tree standing beside a river? The creekside clinic idea prevailed and that’s where Doctors Mauricio Coronel and Steve Nelson conferred with 47 patients over the next several hours.

Again Hermann mentioned the idea that people could—with collaboration, mutual support, organization and hard work—have metered water into their own homes. The fact they have springs in the area lends itself to such possibilities and their level of organization does too. What might God do with a day’s ministry in Agua Fria and another day in El Remojo? We don’t know. We work; we pray; we wait. God is in charge.

The lunch was tasty chicken soup, with rice and tuna to follow. Piedad hosted, and we were quite taken with her wood-fire stove that stands in the center of the kitchen.

We got back a little earlier to Canoa. canoa4This gave us some time after supper. Dr. Coronel went to the room for some work-related correspondence. Three of us walked toward the beach. Steve and I listening to Hermann’s explanation of where hotel structures still stood precariously (or had collapsed into concrete heaps) when he was last there with Team 2. Now dotting the landscape are many empty lots where an excavator has clawed down what remained of buildings.

The description reminded us that a horrible moment had brought deaths not so long before. My mood became more somber and it wasn’t long after that two of us got calls from our wives—a familiar voice, the privilege of cell phone contact , and a timely lift.

Ralph Kurtenbach is a missionary with Reach Beyond.

Hermann Schirmacher (right) visits with residents from a settlement known as El Remojo in Ecuador's Manabí Province.

Hermann Schirmacher (right) visits with residents from a settlement known as El Remojo in Ecuador’s Manabí Province.

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