Our team will land at the airport in Santa Cruz on Thursday morning andthere we will be met by our host Enoel Suarez. We will then go by taxi toEnoel's home in Santa Cruz where we will rest for several hours (after thered eye flight to Bolivia). Thursday evening we will board a bus toTrinidad (12 hours, this would be a good time to sleep). At Trinidad onFriday morning we will go by small plane to the boat where we will spend thenext 8-9 days. From April 19-28 we will be traveling by boat from villageto village along the Beni River (this is the river that borders Bolivia andBrazil on the East Side of Bolivia). White River, Mamore River, this willbe on the Border of Brazil and Bolivia.During the day we will be holding medical, optical, possibly dental clinics,while some of the team will be doing 'village education', Vacation BibleSchool with the children, in the evenings we will show the Jesus Film in theVillages. At night while we sleep the boat pilot will then guide us to thenext village. We will be carrying some of our food with us, but most of ourmeals will be what the pilot catches in the river during the day. At nightwe will sleep in either hammocks or cots with mosquito nets on the boat.There will be a jug of Filter Water available on the boat for team's use,but it is still recommended that the team brings a filtered water bottle fortimes when we are away from the boat. The boat is equipped with a showerfor team's use.People we hope to reach are tribal groups, they speak Spanish, but live invery poor, remote condition, probably the same way their ancestors havelived for 100's of years before them. When our boat lands at their village,it is normally the highlight of their week, we will be the center ofattention. Medical care is not available for people living in these remotecircumstances, the medical team will be doing everything from well childvisits, to delivering babies, to lancing boils, treating parasites, andscreening people for diabetic and hypertension. Our optical teams have hadthe joy of hearing many people say "Veo, Veo!!" (I see, I see) for the veryfirst time.After spending 8-9 days on the boat we will again be met by the plane wherethe team will be taxied 5 people at a time back to Trinidad where we willagain take an overnight-12 hour bus ride back to Santa Cruz. At Santa Cruzwe will stay at a nice hotel, with facilities for us to clean up. We willhave a day to souvenier shop and visit with the missionary and his family.The last evening the team will have our Farewell Dinner at a restaurant inSanta Cruz, the next morning we will board our return flight to the UnitedStates, it is our goal to Board the Plane to Bolivia on Wednesday Morning,andhave the team back in their own beds by the next Wednesday night (14 dayslater).
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