Monday, April 18, 2016

Operation Smile

Manahoana Daholo e!

Nandritra ny herin' andro lasa za sy Elder Cooley no nanana ny fahafahana niasa kely tamin'ny zavatra iray izay antsoina hoe:  Operation Smile! Tena milay be ireo zavatra nataonay tamin' izany!

Okay, one of the coolest weeks of my mission! Elder Cooley and I had the opportunity this week to work with an organization called Operation Smile. Holy cow, it was so cool. Operation Smile is an organization that travels all over the world to fix cleft palets and cleft lips. What happens is nurses, doctors, and volunteers give up their vaction time to travel to places, such as Madagascar, to help with this problem. They don't get paid for it and it's free for every patient who is a part of it. I guess Elder Cooley and I just got lucky when they asked us if we could help with it.

Most of what we did was translate for nurses and wheel patients up out of surgery to the post op room. Elder Cooley and I had a lot of fun doing it and we meet lots and lots of people from all over the world. There were people from America, Sweden, Finland, France, South Africa, Italy, Egypt, Germany, and the UK. They were honestly some of the nicest people we've ever meet and lot's of them are now our friends. Heck, they let us go in and watch a live surgery and then one of the Anesthesiologists liked us so much he sent an email to his LDS Anesthesiologist friend in Colorado telling him that he should let us shadow him for a day or two. How cool is that? 

Anyways, they liked us so much that they invited us to their after party on the top floor of the nicest hotel here in Madagascar called the Carlton. Now that was a lot of fun. Elder Cooley and I weren't thinking that we'd be able to go but we got a last second phone call letting us know that we were allowed to. It was such a good time and they even recognized our help while they were acknowledging everyone who helped with Operation Smile. All in all, Operation Smile was so much fun and I really want to be a part of it again.

All of the investigators are still doing well but I think we'll have to move some baptismal dates back. I know it's sad but we want to make sure everyone is completely ready, including Victor. Anyways, I should be able to give a better report next week because we'll actually have a full work week of normal missionary work. I'll give a really good report next week on all of our investigators.

Anyways, that's all I got for the week and I'll make sure to send lots of pics home. Love you all so much and I hope everyone has a great week.

Love, Elder Stringfellow
Photos of the Week
Elders Cooley and Stringfellow preparing to translate during surgery #OpSmile
Helping the Surgeons and Nurses with Translation to Malagasy
Service...Small Acts = Big Love! - Working as Orderlies
The Elders taking the patients back to their rooms!
The Banquet
One of the Surgeons they met
Some of the Nurses and The Elders
More Nurses and The Elders receiving a Thank You Note from #OpSmile

“The Field Is White Already to Harvest”

Feeding the Lemurs or Feeding the Missionaries
Lemur Time
Lemurs R Us

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