Saturday, April 16, 2011
More Comfort pictures
Our Church has been a great partner with this ship - over 8 semi-truck loads of supplies worth over a million dollars have been donated by the church. There are 26 LDS nurses and doctors on board now, 12 will be there for the whole 5 months, others come and go - 71 total will serve for no pay. They will give up 4-6 weeks of their private practice donating over 5,000 man hours - working 12 hour shifts. LDS Charities out of Salt Lake does the coordinating of the personal - Brother/Captain Fitch - US Navy Retired and a dentist - was the Group Leader for the members of the church that were on board - he and his wife were set apart Service Missionaries for the 5 months of the mission. One of the problems in the Latin American countries is the language barrier - there were 5 translators on board and the military asked Salt Lake if they could provide more - How many? "could use another 5" - we can provide more than 50 at each port!!! yeah for missionaries!! The LDS medical personal have light blue shirts on and a patch that said LDS Charities...it was fun to meet and talk with them. They must have let families tour the ship before deploying - this cute note was on one of the boards we saw. Here is one of the large admitting areas that we were allowed to see...also the Pediatric unit - large bunk on top for the child's escort (parent) and child on the bottom - Navy cribs look more like a cage to me!