Wallingford Christian Assembly

Zambia News - Christ, Crucified... (6/11/2016)

‘Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness, but to them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God….. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.’ 1 Corinthians 1 v 23, 24, 30

I have just re-read my last blog posting – the intervening weeks have flown by and I am afraid this update is overdue. I am grateful to the Lord for a quieter Saturday afternoon when I can attempt some catching up.  It does not always happen. Since my last blog posting I had one weekend which as full of very sick babies and I felt like I was connected to the hospital by a piece of elastic which was regularly pulled! Not all my colleagues here can enjoy the same this week as the plastic surgeon in visiting and had to complete the last patients on his long list of surgeries today.  My ward was overflowing with little people this morning with cleft lips or finger contractures all recovering from surgery.

The month of October has been HOT, really hot with temperatures up in the high 30’s for most of the time. Most people here are looking forward to the beginning of the rains which cannot be far away and which will herald cooler weather. There were a couple of storms last week, the second of which was particularly severe, and today, although it is hot, there is a pleasant breeze which makes a lot of difference.

Eddie has his new chair. I took it out to him in the village a couple of weeks ago and we had quite a session setting it up appropriately within his old wheelchair frame. I am quite pleased with the result, although there are a couple of things I would do differently next time. His sitting posture is definitely better. After 2 weeks out in the village, the chair is starting to show signs of wear, despite being very robust, so I was very pleased to hear, via Medical Missionary News, that a specialist seating company in UK are donating a number of demonstration models of modular seating systems for use in Zambia.  I already have a number of children who would benefit from one of these.

This last week I had the opportunity to spend some time at Loloma – I had been praying about when I should go over there and thinking how the necessary transport might work.  I was about to contact Rebekah Flynn (Canada), one of the nurses there, when she emailed me.  Plans came together very straightforwardly after that. I went out from Chit with Jeff and June Speichinger (US, Dipialata) last Tuesday morning as they were on their way to Lusaka and then came back on Thursday with Joy Beer who was coming over to meet up with her sister Martha from Chavuma on the first day of the plastics marathon.  It was a good couple of days with warm fellowship with the Loloma folk. I saw quite a number of interesting patients at the hospital and enjoyed attending the children’s meeting which Julie Frank (Canada) and Rebekah hold on Tuesday afternoons as well as the young peoples’ Bible study on Wednesday night. There was a good group of young folk attended and all listened well to the Bible study from Genesis 46. It was particularly nice to meet one young man who had been at Chit as carer for his older brother who was very sick. He had made an excellent job of his caring – such that he would have made an excellent nurse. He admitted to me that he was not saved. Please pray for him that He will respond to the Gospel message and take Christ as his Saviour.

Childrens meeting at Loloma. Rebekah Flynn far right, also David and Daniel Beer.

The other significant event this week has been the arrival of my visitor, Elizabeth Whitmore from the assembly in Leven Scotland.  She arrived in Lusaka on Wednesday and flew up to Chit on Thursday. We went to support Rhonda Markle on Thursday night in preaching the Gospel to the ladies on Female and Maternity wards and on Friday she was busy at the hospital, helping the plastic surgery team with preparing patients and returning them to the ward – so she has had rather a baptism with fire. DV on Monday we will go to Dipalata for clinic – apparently there are a number of mothers who are waiting to see me there.  It is good to have her company.

It seems incredible that DV I will leave for UK on 16 November.  There is so much to do here  - so many needs and so many opportunities to present the Gospel in what we say and what we do.  We all need your prayers that in the busyness of the days at hospital our main reason for being here is not forgotten and we buy up the opportunities God gives us to speak of the One Who came into the world to be the Saviour of sinners.