Monday, November 30, 2009

Packing up

Dear Friends

We really appreciate your prayers and support. Thank you. We travel home to Australia this week and hope to catch up with many of you.

Tammy and the kids are very glad to have finished home schooling for the year and the school room is all packed away.The Wai Maeri river in the afternoon

In the hospital, there are many sick patients. Two teenage girls are admitted with very severe and possible drug resistant TB. Thankfully one is improving well and and other improving slowly. We have had 24 hour power for the last few weeks with the electricity needed for the oxygen concentrator for one girl. The lady with a very prolonged labour from last update is ok, her baby was stillborn.

Praise God that Dr Sharmini is here!! Her work permit and visa came through in record time. Pray for Sharmini to settle in well and to enjoy her time. It is such an important time for her to be here, enabling us to leave well and Dr Sharon to settle in for the long term.

Dr Sharon has finished her village living orientation to language and culture and will move back to Rumginae now. Please pray for her as this is probably going to be a difficult move in some ways.

Last update we asked for a ‘boring week’… well it was very quite. Tammy got to the point of complaining that she was bored! and then remembered that it is exactly what we had asked people to pray for!

Sam is doing well… limping but walking around now.

The epidemic at Mougulu seems to be ‘just’ malaria. Around 400 people were tested and 2/3 were found to have malaria, most of them with the more serious form (falciparum) in their blood. Thankfully this is now getting under control with some very timely help from the Ok Tedi mine who provided health workers, medicines, transport and materials. As well as treating malaria, the health workers spent time giving health education, reducing mosquito breeding sites, giving out mosquito nets etc.

Kids churchTom selling banana sago at the markets

Two weeks ago, the children’s church / Sunday school group raised $350 to support persecuted christians throughout the world, and over $1000 in total (including the adults). Tom and Rosie and their friends spent hours and hours raising money by cooking banana sago and cakes to sell at the market. The children in Sunday School are very interested in giving to and praying for the persecuted church. They have taken some photos of children from Orissa (from March 09) and have these photos and names of children to pray for as families.

November 5th was a day of memories for Tammy’s family as it is 10 years since her father died. Please pray for her and the family.

Pray for new MAF pilot Jason with Melanie, Kaleb and Carter who have just arrived at Rumginae. Pray for them to settle in well.

Thank you for your prayers

Daniel and Tammy

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