Sunday, August 9, 2009

Who would like to join our maintenance team?

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.  Isaiah 26:3

Sam has taken responsibility for maintenance himself. Here he is helping Judy hang a dyed cloth on our loungeroom wall

A big thanks to work / mission team John, Tom, Libby, Richard, Shelly and more to come for all they have been able to do in repairing houses, sewing theatre linen etc. It has been a real blessing. It has also given much needed spiritual input into the local workshop guys.

Here is Libby using the coconut scraper. To get coconut, you need to take off the thick outer husk, crack the nut, then scrape it

There have been a few very sick patients in the hospital recently. I heard very briefly that ‘Salome’ was recovering ok in Tabubil. The other lady (bleeding placenta praevia) from the last update is doing really well and has now gone home. It is always such a nice feeling to see people who have recovered from a serious sickness walking around and going home.

We have been kept busy with more obstetric problems – this time a very severe pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy) which had started to cause organ malfunction. Both of our oxygen concentrators have been in use this week… which means we have had no oxygen to operate or for resuscitating babies. One man on oxygen has a very severe immune deficiency with an opportunistic infection. He is very unwell. There was also a 3 year old girl with severe pneumonia. As she was in better shape than the man, we took her oxygen off and took the concentrator to theatre so we could do a caesarian. All went well with a healthy mother and baby… and the oxygen could be returned to the child with pneumonia a few hours later. Sometimes working with limited resources can be a challenge.

Please pray for all these patients – for healing, physically and spiritually. Pray also for other patients on the ward – children with broken legs, a man with severe kidney failure after a snake bite who may not survive (we have no dialysis available), a child with meningitis who has just woken after being unconscious for a few days, a man with very deep pig bites / gorings and many more patients who all need prayer.

Coming up we have our Community health worker in-service 24 – 28 August. This will require a lot of organising and preparation. There are also a number of important meetings in the next couple of weeks. We also have people coming to research and catch snakes and others coming to install and fix radios. Pray for the work party – for their health, for good progress and that they would have a meaningful impact on those they work with – in teaching skills and in sharing the gospel.

Pray for Dr Addy in India that she would be able to rest and recover well. Pray for Dr Sharon in the village (who I called in to help with the recent caesar). Pray for her language learning and cultural orientation. We expect to leave in December for furlough. Pray that we can prepare for this, that it would be a time of rest, for integration into Australian life – especially school. We hope to have opportunities to speak at churches about what God is doing here at Rumginae. We will also need to raise a little support before we return.

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For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 2Co 5:14 - 15

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