Sunrises and sunsets are a beautiful part of the day here in Madagascar. The sun appears just before 6am each day, and the sun sets near 6pm. Our day began a bit slower as our team is beginning to feel the effects of travel, busy days, and sleeping in a new environment. Breakfast and morning devotions brought some rejuvenation. The French pastries and eggs are certainly a morning treat!
Today we traveled to the town of Andranomanelatra that was a 20 minute drive or so from the guesthouse in Antsirabe. When we unloaded the van we discovered that it was market day on the path where the church is located. Through exploration we discovered that you can purchase anything from vegetables, fruits, clothes, cell phones, toys, brooms, and even live fish for your rice paddy. Though tempting, we did not purchase any items. We were probably a spectacle to the Malagasy people as we explored their market.
Upon entering the Lutheran church we discovered that the pews were full of patients waiting for our arrival. The church pastors had collected the patients' medical records as a form of pre-registration. Patient names were called so they could collect their records, and then our MMT team handed out our paper medical records for the day. We capped the patients to be seen at 500 to ensure we have enough supplies and medications for the week. Once we created a plan, we opened the day with worship of singing and prayer with those in attendance. The waiting patients sang a beautiful hymn that was harmonized and glorious. Hymnals are not used and many Malagasy cannot read, so the hymns are sung from memory. The power of the singing and praise is amazing.