A team from from Georgia came here from June 15-19, They  left last  weekend with  Rachel to Rurre and to LaPaz. The team had been a great blessing to us as 
well as to the townsfolk with the eyeglasses they brought. 
We had about 100 people that came for 2 days, (I dont have the exact number). There is no eyeglass shop nor eyeclinic here that I know in Ixiamas that is why the team was a great blessing. I saw beaming and smiling faces of people when they come out of intornado having their new eyeglasses on.
Rachel asked me and the interns to  learned the skill of checking the eyes for reading only and for simple correction.
After the team left,  the interns and I continue to take people
for eye check up and glasses! It´s fun. 
While Rachel is away and all the kids trying to keep the intornado well. 
We have pigs to feed and the dogs, and clean everything, same time the 
are working on their projects, the building construction´(stoves, etc.) 
_One time the pigs tried to escaped, Brian  ran to the woods 
and chased the pig back to their fence with the help of the 3 girls and Scott (the little 
dog). Again, thank God for the team that came, they had been a great blessing and encouragement to all the workers in the Intornado and to me personally.


So, the Internado here in Ixiamas is raising three pigs they keep in a small shelter toward the back of their property.  With the kids gone on vacation, the responsibility of feeding our oinking little friends fell to me.  When I went to fill the feed trough on Saturday night, things didnt quite go as planned….

When I first opened the door, one pig who was poised to make a bid for freedom, darted between my legs and out into the night.  I turned around while hurridly shutting the door and followed it with my flashlight trying not to startle him.  Meanwhile, the two remaining pigs had managed to undo my hurried door locking and also wandered out of the pen.  At this point, I called the girls for help.  I didnt realize that the Internados more michevious dog considered himself invited as well.  When the girls showed up, I was chasing Scott, who was chasing the pigs in circles around the enclosure.  We did manage to run two back into the hut, but the third had had enough of the merry-go-round, and decided to dart off into the woods in earnest.  Picture a scared little piglet, followed by a yelping dog, followed by a lumbering gringo, all trampling through relativly dense jungle, in the dark, with only my flashlight and Scotts barking to guide the way, for about five solid minutes (you can run pretty far in five minutes).  Eventually I was able to tackle the pig and lug him back to the little hut, calling to the girls to find my way back.  Luckily I made something of a U and was pretty close to them by the end of my little jog.  So, fortunately, the Internado still has pigs. 

No other news I can relate is quite as exciting (except for maybe the bat Abby and I chased out of Katie and Abbys bedroom).  We are all well, both in health and in spirit.  Abby and Vickie are now in Rurrenabaque, for a brief vacation and to take care of some buisness.  The rest of us will go next week.  Our next blog will probably be from there!  Until then!


The kids winter vacation officially started this week, and most of them have gone home.  This means that our work has just begun.  While the kids are gone we each have a project that we are working on.  Hopefully they will all get done!  Eugenia, the cook, also gets vacation so the gringos have become the official Internado chefs which is a scary proposition.  We are trying to recreate some of our favorites from back home, but we have almost decided that it is better to just stick with the native cuisine. 

The team from Christ Community Church in Columbus just left yesterday.  They did a great job on construction, and we helped a lot of people by testing their eyes and selling glasses.  They were really a great group of brothers and sisters.

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When our contruction efforts were done for the day, I was greated with the news that we can, once again, communicate with the outside world. There is not a whole lot of news to report, other than the fact that we can now read the e-mails you guys send…. Because last weekend was the aneversario de Ixiamas and most kids were gone, they thought it was a good chance for the newcomers to test out their cooking skills. The pizza on Saturday was a success, however the potatoes here in Bolivia are not extremely conducive to the making of hash browns as we found out on Sunday morning….. The kids began to return to the Internado throughout Sunday, and Olivia, Rachel, and Mateo arrived with the team that afternoon. They brought many pairs of glasses of various prescriptions and the second floor of the Internado was turned into a makeshift optomatrists office for Ixiamas. While half the team helped with that, the rest worked with me and hermano Juan setting and plumbing the forms for the second floor columns on their soon to be new building. A large number of people with whom I can speak my native language has been a treat. We are all well and send our love back home! Now that the internet is back, we should be back to our 2-3 updates a week. Until then!