My favorite movie of all time is Mary Poppins – in full color, of course! Some of you who know me might not be surprised as I love work, organization, and using wide imagination to help the “medicine go down”!
As ACE grows closer to our 30th year of presence and outreach in Jamaica, it seems the colors of ACE are not only permanent but vibrant as if it was the first day spent on this beautiful island. You read about our seasoned medical/dental teams being recognized by name from our community healthcare locations. Smiles as teeth get cleaner with less “pullings” and more “savings” through fillings and fluoride. Sugar checks and eye glasses to see better makes seeing an ACE Healthcare volunteer a happy moment in time.
This is where long term commitment pays off in the ACE world. So many volunteers leave their personal concerns and needs at home, to join other professionals in St. Mary clinics and schools. Treating, coaching, training, and praying for students, patients, mothers, and the elderly who truly need a moment of time and care — that’s what ACE Healthcare is all about.
Thank you, long-time committers, for not making ACE another “Poverty Tourism” stop in the passport book but rather a date every year with Nationals who have grown to love you for your long-term stake in their Parish and location. We, too, have something to smile about.
From Marla, Allen & The ACE Team
You always know good things are about to happen when all the unexpected incidents begin to hit you all at once. At ACE, our summer is about to commence.
Then the unexpected happens. All three buses broke down last week within days of each other. As you can see from the pictures, our poor Automatic 1992 bus looks like an old lady needing a facelift. This is the bus the summer interns will be using.
The other two buses seem to have some sort of fuel exhaust problem. The mechanic in Kingston said this is a common problem with one of the designs. Now how come no one told us? And that it would cost ACE about $1200.00US every 3 or 4 months to correct it?
As I was sitting at the campus contemplating these sudden turn of events, I decided to get some help hanging our new Wellness Sign next door, just to get my mind off the obvious. We had a beautiful sign designed to highlight the Green Life Wellness Center where we will be holding clinic this week.
After walking over and positioning the sign, Foster, our foreman, and I left the sign leaning against the place we planned to post it as we went to get the drill. Not minutes later a big black cow had walked up and bit our sign! I wish I had my camera at the time to catch that big piece of hamburger in the act. However, I did take the imprint of his big teeth on our sign should we need to match dentals!
As Foster and I looked on, we had to just look at each other and laugh. Broken buses and cow bites — what a great way to start summer in Jamaica! But then life is never boring!
We, the ACE staff, are so excited to see you again and looking forward to what God has for all of us. Safe travels and think about that cow next time we serve hamburgers…
You may have heard about one of our little guys who is in our sponsor program named Justin. Justin has been very sick for many years with asthma and other breathing problems. Lecepth, our child sponsorship coordinator, took on the responsibility of finding what exactly the problem was. After many trips to the specialist in Kingston, it was determined that he had been misdiagnosed and needed his tonsils removed immediately. However, since his asthma had hindered his breathing, it was necessary to get that under control before the surgery.
The good news is Justin came through his surgery last week with 100% success!! He’s sore, recovering and has to go back for follow-up. But now this child has a new life all because a concerned sponsor cared and wanted to help. If you would like to contribute to the remaining balance due for Justin’s surgery, please mark your donation to “Justin’s surgery”. We need about $2500 US to cover the cost. Thank You!