Saturday, December 31, 2011

Rumginae November

At Christmas, I have been thinking about one of the verses from the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,
While God is marching on.

Written during the American Civil war, the original words were let us ‘die’ to make men free. Colossians 1:22 says But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation. What a wonderful thing God has done for us… through the death of Jesus, those who put their faith in Him are presented to God as righteous – holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation. What better reason could there be for us to ‘live to make men free’ and share this wonderful news this Christmas.

During October, we had a visit from a work party from Finley who selflessly served through maintenance, hospitality and ministry within the community.  Their visit was a great encouragement.

In November, Tammy had a treat for her birthday. The children had spent weeks preparing with all sorts of craft, all carefully prepared and hidden on top of the cupboard in the children’s room. Arising at 4.00am, Tom and Rosie prepared their surprises.  Preparations completed, they decided to hang out the washing and do some other housework.  By 5.00am, they decided they needed more noise and therefore woke Sam up.  Not long after, we were all awake!  In the early morning light, as Daniel played The Man from Snowy River, they unveiled their artwork. 

The hospital has seen many very complicated patients. Please continue to pray for the hospital – the patients, staff, doctors, pilots… In the last few weeks, there have been a few ‘middle of the night’ operations, the most memorable being a lady from Kiunga with an ectopic pregnancy. It can be very hard to find blood for transfusion. In certain conditions, it is possible to recycle a patient’s own blood from their abdominal cavity. In this case we managed to get 2 units of blood for transfusion. It is literally scooped out, filtered and then given back to the patient as an infusion.

For ‘Talent night', Rosie and her friend Delilah sang ‘There’s a hole in the bucket, Delilah, Delilah. There’s a hole in the bucket Delilah, a hole…. well fix it dear Rosie, dear Rosie, dear Rosie…..

God Bless, Happy Christmas and a joyful New Year. 

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2Th 3:5 

Daniel, Tammy, Tom, Rosie and Sam.

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