Blog By Garrett Suchecki

My first week in Sudan was awesome! I had a great time getting to know everyone and finding my groove in the clinic. It is totally not what I expected, but not in a bad way. I just think that there is no way that anyone could anticipate the way that the culture, available resources and God’s hand would mesh so well to create such an awesome place. I came here primarily to work in the clinic, and that’s where most of my time has been spent. I spent Friday the 7th shadowing Dennis and then on the following Monday, the tenth, I began my autonomous work in the clinic. I was set up with my own exam room and translator and began seeing patients. During the regular clinic hours I mainly focus on pediatric patients who range in age from just days old to around 14 or 15 years. Additionally, I assist with any emergencies come in. My first week was a busy one, we had many routine and emergent patients. I did a lot of suturing! It had been a few months since I had last sutured, but it’s like riding a bike, you never forget. I love being able to share my stateside experience in emergency treatment; However, I think I am learning much more than I am sharing. Aside from my clinic duty, I was able to attend church service on the 9th and even deliver a devotion last Friday. Both were great experiences; I really enjoyed the conversations I had with some of the churchgoers after the service. The ultimate cap to my first week was the outburst of gunfire in celebration of SPLA Day. It was a little bit scary at first, but both Sabet and Suzy soon reassured us that it was strictly celebratory and we were in no danger. I am so thankful for being able to be here, and for all of the people back home who supported me financially and continue to support me.