Monday, March 28, 2011

Surgical visit

It was wonderful to have Dr Adrian visit. 42 patients had operations in 5 days, some having fairly major surgery. One man, Do** walked in from Honinabi, a walk which can be done with 3 overnight stops if you are fit and strong like he is. It would probably most of us a week! He came to get his hernia fixed. Others came from all over the province. Some patients have had major operations which should make a dramatic improvement in their quality of life.

Dr Adrian’s wife was kept very busy also. Margie is a lecturer in counselling studies and organised parenting courses, individual counselling and a small group conflict resolution session.

Other helpers included our friend Jacq who did a lot of the organising and kept things running. Dr John and his wife also came down from Tabubil to help. We are very thankful that our prayers were answered, that we could help so many people safely and without any significant complications.

We are hoping now to focus on planning for the rest of this year. Daniel has a desire to see a long term goal to train staff in obstetric competency and to put together a small book of useful information for our staff. There are also 15 outstations who could use a doctor’s visit.

There is an enormous amount of administrative work to do at the hospital right now. Just a small sample of this includes liaising about and overseeing the building of 5 new staff houses with most of the materials now on site. There are many other maintenance challenges. We are also working on a proposal for a new labour ward for Obo health centre. Daniel has been aiming to work with the hospital administrator to plan the hospital’s 2011 finances. Some staff changes are happening soon.  The hospital has not yet employed a health secretary to oversee all this administrative work. Please pray for the hospital executive who are faced with these tasks and changes.

Kiunga hospital no longer have a surgeon or anaesthetist. We were very sad to see Sr Jo leave Kiunga. Please pray that Kiunga, our ‘district hospital’, 40 mins south of us, would be strengthened and able to increase their capacity. They do have one doctor at the hospital. Please pray for her to feel supported and continue to be caring to so many who are in need.

Please pray for MAF who have had a busy time lately. Captain Matt has been our only pilot for the last few weeks. Pray for MAF to be able to manage all the demands they have for flights. Pray that they would continue to bring glory to God in the way they interact with people. Pray for safety for pilots flying in difficult weather to challenging airstrips. Pray that the aircraft are able to continue without unscheduled maintenance which can disrupt programs. Pray also for all the other necessary things, like fuel (!) to be available.

This week, Sam and his small friend found a death adder under the house next door where they were playing. Please continue to pray for safety and growing friendships.

Our family are hoping to have a short break to the cool mountains near here soon. We are looking forward to spending some family time together and the chance to walk in the cool air.

Thank you so much for your prayers. School has been a very happy experience this term.


Finally, what would kids do with a broken plastic drum and a grassy hill? Surf, of course! Tom, Rosie and Sam have been having a lovely time surfing down the hill. They are all really looking forward to the upcoming school holidays.

God Bless

Daniel and Tammy

God is the one who makes us patient and cheerful. I pray that he will help you live at peace with each other, as you follow Christ. Then all of you together will praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5,6

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

CHW School Graduation 2011

2011 CHW graduationThe first building of Rumginae Health Centre was opened in 1967. Aid Post Orderly Training commenced in 1968 with 6 male, grade 6 leavers. In 1988 Community Health Worker (CHW's) Training commenced, and APO training ceased. On February 16, 2011, the 32nd group to graduate from the school, this time 9 young men and 10 young women entered the rank of CHW. It is planned that the school will continue to expand and that there will soon be 80 students living here at Rumginae. (40 in each year).

CHW GradCommunity Health Workers (CHWs) are the backbone of rural health care in PNG. A well trained and motivated CHW can make an enormous impact on the health of the village where they work. Many CHWs work in remote places which might be many days walk or canoe ride from a town, where there are no shops, banks, cars, no phones and no electricity. Working as a CHW is not aCHW grad particularly lucrative job. They work to serve their community. Many also work to serve their Lord and to bring glory to His name.

The actual graduation was full of ceremony with many speeches. Daniel shared with the gathering from the bible using Philippians 2.

Christ encourages you, and his love comforts you. God's Spirit unites you, and you are concerned for others. Now make me completely happy! Live in harmony by showing love for each other. Be united in what you think, as if you were only one person. Don't be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves. Care about them as much as you care about yourselves and think the same way that Christ Jesus thought: Christ was truly God. But he did not try to remain equal with God. Instead he gave up everything and became a slave, when he became like one of us. Christ was humble. He obeyed God and even died on a cross. Then God gave Christ the highest place and honoured his name above all others. So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. And to the glory of God the Father everyone will openly agree, "Jesus Christ is Lord!" (Phil 2)


CHW GradWe heard from the Governor of Western Province, Dr Bob Danaya, and from many other dignitaries including representatives from PNG Sustainable Development Program, Ok Tedi mining health representatives and Churches Medical Council. It was special to see all these graduating CHWs standing proudly to recite the Health Workers pledge.

CHW Grad

CHW Grad







CHW gradThe CHW school is involved in a project funded by the European Union to get water tanks and toilets into villages. An offshoot of this project was a competition to make (weave) a billum with the Western Province flag on one side and the EU flag on the other. All entries were very skilful.


School roomWe start each school day with devotions. The people in this photo come from 5 different villages and 3 different language groups. We have much joy singing, reading and praying together.  It is wonderful to see the unity that we can have in Christ.

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

Sam is in kindergarten now and we are all enjoying being and learning together. He is approaching learning to read with the same enthusiasm that he approaches all of life and it is a delight to be teaching him.  His great excitement at being able to read more and more words reminded me of the joy we have when God gives us a deeper understanding of His word as we read it each day.

And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever – the Spirit of Truth. John 14:16-17a

God Bless

Daniel, Tammy, Tom, Rosie and Sam