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Zambia News - Ros Jeffersons's Blog 22  : Warmer weather (25/08/2015)

Typical village scene

The cold season has ended and both day and night time temperatures are increasing as the hot season starts.  It is nice not to need extra covers on the bed any longer and not to sit and shiver at the morning devotions’ at the hospital. Sunday night was the first time I was out without a sweater. Still guaranteed no rain, so no need for umbrellas, except to protect one from the sun!

Last Monday was rather reminiscent of Christmas.  Late on the previous Saturday the truck with a large container arrived from the Copper Belt and on Monday began the task of emptying it.  It was too much to hope that the boxes I had taken to MMN at the end of May would arrive during my present visit – but Julie-Rachel Elwood soon told me that there were several boxes at my house.  It was such fun finding out what I had packed.  I was particularly grateful to find the supply of specialist milk arrived intact, and just at the right time.  We were almost out of it and had several needy patients, including one lady with oesophageal cancer and a gastrostomy who was about to be discharged.  It was good to be able to give her a small supply of milk for the journey and the first days after arriving home.  Then there was a bag of ladies’ clothes - I was able to use some of these for one of the mothers on the ward.  The consignment also included the prone stander I made while at home, plus the template to make a standing frame, both so useful for working with disabled children. I was so thrilled. We truly thank the Lord for His goodness – He so graciously meets our needs in His perfect time.

The picture, above, shows the mothers on Labour ward all wanting to choose some baby clothes.

On Wednesday we had another goodbye session at the plane. This time it was Dr Andre who was leaving, heading back to Canada after his 3 week visit. On Friday Joey and Kait Speichinger left for Lusaka where Kai t is to write her Zambian nursing exam on Monday. Then the end of the week was also College Camp for older teens and early twenties. We have had a very depleted team the past few days.  There is further depletion to come however, as Alison Bell leaves shortly for Zimbabwe, I head home on 7 September and Emma Wichers returns to Canada in mid-September to prepare for her wedding on 24 October. It is good that Dr David returns in early September.

On Saturday I was visiting in ‘colony’ where some of the chronic patients stay to complete their course of treatment. I took my friend Carol Lumbwa with me – her father works at the hospital and is in fellowship in the village assembly at Nyamonga.  I was glad of her company, not least for help with the language. She has just finished school and hopes to get good enough grades to study nursing in Lusaka.  First of all we spent time with Kezia, the little girl with cerebral palsy and then went on to visit Sombo and family, a little girl with abdominal TB.  She has almost completed her TB treatment and her mother was so pleased to tell me that they were going home to Kabompo next Wednesday. For my part, I was glad that I had brought little presents for all the colony children and I was able to distribute them around – just enough for everybody. The picture shows the happy bunch.  No doubt there was a lot of tooting to be heard in colony that night!

After colony we walked down to Chambula village because Carol wanted to show me the house her father is building. It has a beautiful view across the river. The sky was just starting to turn pink to herald the sunset when we arrived and this added to the beauty.   At this stage the walls are still to be completed, so it will be some time before the family can live there. Their neighbour will be Sister Jill, one of our nurses.  The picture shows Carol and her mother outside their new house.

This little chap has been on the ward for some time receiving treatment for congenital talipes. He used to hide and cry every time he saw me, but finally declared a truce to hostilities and is now a happy little chap. You can see how he gets around!!  He was very interested to see his own photo.

Last Lords Day there was a baptism.  It took place first thing in the morning, before the Breaking of Bread meeting. We met at the hall and then went down to the river where all baptisms here take place.  It takes some courage to be baptised here, to brave the river with the risk of a crocodile (a young lad had been taken by one just the day before the baptism, making it all the more serious). One does not spend too long in the water!  Just one sister was baptised.  Afterwards we all walked back ready for the usual Lord’s Day morning meetings.  Once again my young friend Eddie was present – it is good to see him coming every week and hearing the Gospel.

Over the past week my evening Scripture readings have been from the epistle to the Romans, and once again I have been reminded from chapter 12 that the Lord wants us to present ourselves to Him for His use wherever He will, however He wants, and that this is the only reasonable response when we consider how much He has given for us.  He wants transformed believers in the present world – it is to them that He reveals His will.  My life, the outflowing of that presentation, will be lived for others, who should see something of Christ-likeness in my behaviour.