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

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