Monday, July 26, 2010

Did I speak too soon?

Well, having said that I hoped it would be a while before a medical story….

Having been here 2 days now we have unpacked and set up some of the house. It was lovely to be welcomed back at church on Sunday. After church, while trying to solve the solar hot water system problem at another house with Matt and Phil, Matt had to dash away. As one of the 2 MAF pilots here, he needed to fly to a place about an hour’s flight away to pick up a very sick lady. This picture shows Matt landing at Rumginae on Sunday with the hospital in the background:

GA 8 Airvan landing at Rumginae

We weren’t able to fix the hot water problem … maybe tomorrow. While the plane was away I had a go at fixing our microwave. I found a blown fuse but have little chance of getting a replacement here in PNG! If that doesn’t fix it I’m not sure what to do next. While attempting this operation the plane landed with a very unwell lady.

Dr Addy was on call ... Dr Sharon is taken a well earned weekend off. I was pleased to be able to help by being the anaesthetist. The operation to remove the bleeding ectopic pregnancy went well and now our patient is recovering on the ward.

There have been many pleasant surprises. While we were in Australia, the Rumginae house bathroom has been transformed from a mouldy grey termite-eaten area to a lovely bathroom… and the rusty lilting washing machine has been replaced with a lovely new machine. It has been absolutely amazing the number of things different people have thought of and done as examples of Christ like love in sending us and in welcoming us.  It brings me back to God's grace which is also so undeserved.

2Co 8:9  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Rumginae

Dear Friends

We have arrived safely at Rumginae. It was an enormous blessing to have so many wonderful people helping us to vacate our house. Tom and Rosie were both quite sick for the week before leaving Australia but everyone is now healthy and the travel went very smoothly. The children are very excited to be back in PNG and have spent their time climbing trees and playing with friends. We still have a lot of work to do to set up the house, especially the school room. School will start on Monday. Thank you for your prayers. Hopefully I don’t get to update this with an exciting medical story too soon.

Family photo (Blue Mountains)