Three busy weeks have past since my last update and I am grateful for a national holiday today which reduced the size of our out-
Please remember Tamako and Ayumi in your prayers as they work and witness for the Lord at Chavuma that He will strengthen them and give them wisdom in all that they do. Pray too for the new doctor, that he will settle well and that he may come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour if he is still in his sin. Also remember Dr Henry’s widow and family as they must make important decisions about their future, that the Lord will guide and direct them.
The busy period began with the visit of the plastics team in mid-
That same week as the orthopaedic visit, we had a number of evening/night emergencies. The Tuesday evening Bible study was cancelled as we were all in theatre dealing with a child with an obstructed airway (however did he inhale a stone?) Dorothy Woodside did the journey from Mpidi to Chit in 1 hour along the sandy ‘road’– a record which must be unbeatable – as she brought him to hospital. Then a couple of days later we were all up till the early hours with a Caesarean section. It was freezing cold taking the theatre orderly home at 01.00h on the quad bike. There was just one warm spot when we passed the remains of a roadside fire. Oh how good that felt! Over the past week the weather has warmed up considerably and we can confidently say that the cold season is over for this year.
I went up to Chavuma last Monday morning after my ward round and stayed until Friday afternoon. I greatly enjoyed Tamako’s fellowship in the home –
The school term finishes at the end of the week and the hostel girls will be going home until September. A number of them have exams coming up and I have been helping them with their maths as time has permitted. We had our last Friday evening bible study last week. We sat round the fire, sang a few choruses and then I spoke about Hannah and her commitment to God. We finished with chocolate cake which was rapidly polished off!! You might pray for them as they return home until September – only a few have made professions of trusting Christ for salvation
The camp season is almost upon us and next weekend numbers of girls will be heading out to the assembly camp site for several days. The junior girls camp is all in Lunda while the senior camp is in English. It is a great opportunity to get the Gospel across to these children. Please pray for all who are involved.
I have enjoyed neighbours in the Duplex for the past couple of weeks – Dave and Kari Wagler from Canada and their daughter Leah were here for a couple of weeks before they headed out to Dipalata to spend some time helping Betty Magennis there. Dave has been out here several times as part of the well-
DV I leave Chit on 20 August to head for Loloma and finally to Lusaka on 24 August, ready to return to UK later that night. Both David McAdam and JR will be away in November/December, so that I will be returning in late October to ‘strengthen the things that remain’ as it were. DV we will have a visiting surgeon and midwife team which will help Alison Brundage and myself to cover all aspects of the hospital. I would greatly value prayer for what lies ahead in the will of the Lord.
Pictures below: Left: Tamako and myself at Chavuma, Right: twins on their way home to Angola after a hospital stay
“Be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” 1 Cor 15 v 58