Monday, March 23, 2009

Tidiest room contest

Rosie's 'Tidy Room'

And the tidiest room award goes to.....

Well, Tom and Rosie are doing a superb job at keeping their room tidy which has been a real blessing.

We have nearly finished all the school work for this term and are really looking forward to missionary conference in Mt Hagen on Thursday!

Saturday night, Daniel was asked if he knew he was expected to preach Sunday! We usually get good notice, although there have been times when Daniel starts to prepare a sermon half way through church because the preacher doesn't seem to have turned up yet. After some divine inspiration at 3am, the message started to come together. Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, soul, mind and strength. And love your neighbour as yourself. We looked at decision making and priorities and how we can fulfil this greatest commandment. One of the sermon illustrations was the life of Eric Liddell who decided not to run in the 100m heat because it was held on a Sunday. To complement the message, we watched Chariots of Fire at Sunday evening fellowship.

For Kids church, the children did some great dramas, one of them about Daniel in the lion's den. Sunday lunch was provided by the children to raise money for orphans of persecuted christians in Orissa (India). They raised about $400!

Tom drawing to musicRosie drawing what the music makes her think of for school

Rosie had another dental trip Friday. The six hour drive to Tabubil and back is the hardest part. Two more visits to go but she is a much happier little girl now.

We are glad to have Dr Mike and Jennifer and kids back. Dr Addy is having a short break before conference starts. Please pray for conference that it would be a time of encouragement and refreshment. We will have a short break ourselves after conference.

Could we please ask for prayer for the hospital to be unusually quiet! All the doctors will be away March 26 to April 2. Pray that the staff will manage any problems well. We have doctors in Kiunga and Tabubil who can help cover the hospital but pray that it would be a quiet time and not a stressful time for staff.

Daniel has had a break from on call at the hospital now Mike has returned. It has been a pleasant weekend. E**a is still very unwell and we don't think we can offer her any curative treatment for what is probably not TB given that it has not responded to medicine for TB. We suspect she has a cancer. The family of 5 with sago haemolytic disease are generally improving. It is a nasty illness. Basically the free fatty acid of a mass of fungus that develops in sago older than 1 month causes a massive breakdown in red blood cells. The hospital is the quietest it has been for months and we hope it stays quiet while we are away.

Pray for the inservices we are giving to a large group of health staff in Kiunga today and tomorrow on snake bite, antenatal care and post partum haemorrhage. It is a great opportunity to teach a lot of staff from remote locations.

Thank you for your prayers

Daniel Tammy Tom Rosie Sam

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A beautiful garden

A beautiful garden by Tom

For school this week, Tom and Rosie had to draw a picture of a beautiful garden. Living in PNG certainly gives a great opportunity to see green plants everywhere, exotic flowers and plenty of water. On a clear day, we can see the mountains way off in the distance. When there are storms, we see (hear... and feel) some spectacular lightening. There are beautiful birds (although too scared to be easily seen here on the station). We praise God for His beautiful creation.

We ask prayer for the monthly outreaches from the hospital 'English' Church to the local villages. Here is a picture of church at Briompenai village. Please pray for these outreaches and pray for the villages around Rumginae. The mission station has been here for over 50 years but there is still a lot of darkness and fear in people's lives. Please pray for Briompenai, Menumsore, Rudmasuk, Ralengrae and Tope villages in particular.

Church at Briompenai

Church at Briompenai

Rosie was a very brave girl this week. We had a trip up to Tabubil where the dentist found she had a cavity right down to the nerve. She has a special dressing on this and will get it filled on Friday when we again do the 6 hour return trip! She is so much happier now the tooth is fixed!

Could we please ask for prayer for the preparations and practicalities surrounding the upcoming missionary conference at Mount Hagen in 1 1/2 weeks. There is a lot of organising being done by us from Rumginae and others in other places... including trying to organise things from Thailand! Pray that the organising would go smoothly and that it will be a great time of biblical encouragement and teaching.

On the ward, Praise God that W**e has recovered. We were very, very worried about this lady who came with severe dehydration from constant diarrhoea AND pregnant but the baby had died AND her kidneys were not working very well at all AND she had extremely high blood pressure. We were able to help her with a safe delivery, balance her fluids very carefully, replenish her lost fluids, treat her blood pressure as well as help her discuss the nightmares and fears she was having. Continue to pray for her and her family that they will be really trusting Jesus to look after them.

Pray also for E**a who continues to grumble along with high temperatures! We have been getting some help on the internet (Swinfen Charitable Trust) by a Professor of Infectious Diseases in England! Pray she will recover soon.

Thank you for your prayers and support

Daniel, Tammy, Tom, Rosie and Sam

Saturday, March 7, 2009

New Doctor, Old Doctor

Picture of a dream, by Tom

Dear Friends

Praise God for the arrival of Dr Sharon to Rumginae. Sharon is from NZ who has been to Rumginae many times before but is now here 'long term'. Pray for Sharon as she settles in and particularly over the next 6 months with language and culture learning while she lives in an Aekyom village. (Check out

Thank you to those who may have prayed that things would settle down a bit medically. The last 2 days have been less busy.

Praise God for the provision of a good financial forcast for the hospital for 2009 and also some input from Ok Tedi mine and other donors. Pray that we will be able to balance the many needs against the available funding and make wise decisions.

On the ward, E**a is still up and down. She really needs prayer as we don't know what else to do! All of our many ladies and babies after caesarian are doing very well. Pray for Ru**n with congenital heart disease. He is currently very stable but we need him to stay well now until he can see a paediatric cardiologist in May/June and be considered for heart surgery in June or July by an Australian team who visit Port Moresby yearly.

Praise God that the children have all settled into good friendships with national children. Pray that God would continue to help them to be wise as they interact cross-culturally. Continue to pray for Tammy, Tom and Rosie with home schooling.

Tom is especially excited to see the Ebel family here even if it is only for a week. Richard is checking returning pilot Harold Hall into the Western Province MAF routes. Pray for Harold as he settles into Rumginae for a couple of months.

This week - pray for new medical student Margaret from the USA, for important meetings on Wednesday and for hospital executive meetings on Thursday.

Pray for the hospital workshop team who try very hard with maintenance of vehicles, buildings and other equipment. We would love to find a missionary maintenance trainer to help them.

Some of the hospital workshop staff

Thank you for your prayers for us

Daniel, Tammy, Tom, Rosie and Sam

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Make that 4

3.65kg girl born 3rd March 4pm With Dr Addy in Kiunga giving lectures on obstetric problems to 30 health workers... I was the only Dr at Rumginae today. With this baby refusing to come the usual way, that meant I had the privelege of working with our great team of national staff to deliver this beautiful little girl by Caesarian section. Praise God that mother and baby are both fine... and that Addy was able to have some very meaningful input into many health workers involved in maternal and child health in the North Fly.

Monday, March 2, 2009

3 things that make it worthwhile

There are 3 very special little reminders on the ward at the moment why it is worthwhile being up at night, called away from family and generally tired after doing so many caesarians in such a short time:

(and that's without mentioning the 3 sets of twins and many other babies so troublesome for a time (often 3am) and so beautiful, peaceful and innocent when you see them the next day).