our usual 6:30 am breakfast, we were off to the hospital to join
those staff who worship before work each day. Frank and Judy have
been leading these. Then Sally Jane, Tara and myself went to pray
for the mom whose little 7 day old infant died yesterday. We had
seen the sick baby on our hospital tour on Tuesday and Sally Jane
had worked with the baby and mom for quite a while, trying to help
the baby nurse. She had a deformity of one hand and likely some
others as well. It saddened us so for the mom and the dear little
Phil and Tara have been working at the hospital all week. Tara
works with Sister Masserat who is the Director of Nursing and Phil
sees patients and helps the docs in the out-pt clinics. They have
been quite busy there and very much appreciated by the staff. Also
learning about medicine and nursing in Ethiopia. Phil spoke tonight
at wrap-up about how wonderful it was to talk to his wife and 2
of his kids this AM. We all have signed up for our 3 min. phone-call
home over the next week. Know that we all are thinking and praying
for all of you, our loved ones.
Judy, and Arleen did their usual excellent work in the dental clinic
at the hospital. Arleen was very pleased to have finished a full
cleaning on her last patient of the day – Phil’s translator
The rest of the team was off to the Bu-i Clinic where we worked
yesterday. Riding in the van to and from the clinics is amazing.
There are people and animals walking along the roadsides. It is
often the children who are herding the cows, goats, and horses along,
carrying their long thin herding sticks. Then there are the horse-drawn
carts (taxis) carrying many people, and the donkey-drawn carts carrying
everything else. It is quite a trick being a driver here. We pray
for the driver a lot.
As soon as we arrived, Chris was involved with a young man who
had been brought in unconscious to be seen by the regular clinic
staff. Chris worked with them evaluating the patient who eventually
needed to be sent to the nearest hospital for more intensive testing
and treatment. There are no labs or x-ray departments at these rural
saw 70 patients today. With 2 docs, that’s a lot. One 7 yr.
old boy came in with his aunt and uncle. His mother had died, possibly
of AIDS. He had sores all over his face. Meds were ordered and Chris
got the family to agree to take him to a hospital near their home
for HIV testing. He is suspected to have AIDS.
The highlight of the day for me was when the 4 women with their
malnourished babies who we had seen yesterday, came to get the special
powder called “Atmet” used here at Project Mercy to
provide excellent nourishment for the children here.. Marta had
agreed to give us 8 big bags and the women wore the biggest grins
imaginable getting it. Such a transformation from their forlorn
faces yesterday! We took pictures of them all.
really funny things happened today. The first was when I got stuck
in the filthy bathroom. The door wouldn’t open and I was pounding
and kicking and finally got rescued by a fellow who was getting
quite a kick out of this spectacle. Once I was rescued, I got a
good laugh out of it, too. But NOT until I was safely out of there!
The other hilarious event was watching Hospital Administrator Gary
perform in our Daniel and the Lions puppet show. I asked him to
be the 2 bad men who try to get Daniel killed. “I’ve
never done a puppet show,” he said. “Oh, it’s
a snap,” I said and he fell for it. Well, he did his part
quite well, and sat down. But there was another scene for his bad
men, and he jumped back up and quickly put those puppets to work
again. We all were laughing, the audience and Frank, Gary and I.
Tonight some of us went to Peggy and Gary’s for a movie.
Friday night, you know.
The Lord is with us in everything. It is amazing to watch what
He does in and through us and the Project Mercy folks, and those
we are serving. We all feel incredibly humble to be here and blessed