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Zambia News - Ros Jeffersons'sBlog 5  :Visits etc (10/08/14)

The week after my previous posting  was busy. There was a lot of surgery and some sick children. Then at the end of the week the orthopaedic team came up from the Beit Cure Hospital in Lusaka – this always heralds a very busy time.  There is an outpatient clinic on the Thursday and patients from the other mission stations all come over to Chit to see the orthopaedic surgeon.  Friday is the big theatre day and the post-op ward round is on Saturday. I had some involvement on the out-patient day but not afterwards, not least because I went over to Dipalata last Fridayto spend the weekend with my good friends the Speichingers.

I went to Dipalata with our Chit pilot, Chris, and one of his colleagues from Flying mission who had brought the orthopaedic team in.  We went by road, not by plane.  It was a great weekend with lots of warm fellowship and spiritual encouragement as we shared the Lord’s dealings in our lives, as well as enjoyable times spent in physical relaxation.  I helped at clinic on the Friday – the photo shows me administering immunisations to a baby.  The weekend also included a trip to Chinyingi bridge – one of very few bridges that spans the Zambezi river. For those who know N Ireland, it is like a LONG version of Carrick-a-Rede bridge on the Antrim Coast.  The Africans use it regularly to cross the river and walk across nonchalantly while it wobbles.  We take it more slowly and steady ourselves on the wire sides.  Best not to look down too much! Views are fantastic and I have included some photos of this as well.  Another treat was a short river trip in a dugout canoe – quite low down in the water but great.  It’s a bit like a punt but is paddled rather than poled.

Immunisations at Dipalata

With Jennelle Speichinger on Chinyingi Bridge

Chinyingi Bridge span

Dugout trip

I returned to Chitokoloki last Monday – Jeff Speichinger very kindly brought me.  We stopped briefly in Zambezi to meet David Croudace – his wife was out speaking at the ladies conference in Zambezi so I didn’t get to meet her.  The Croudaces have served the Lord in Zambia for many years and are still active in the Lord’s work, not only in Zambia but over in Malawi where they visit regularly.

The last week was quiet over all. David and Lorraine McAdam were in Lusaka (they have returned this weekend) so there was no elective surgery going on.  Tanis Walker and her two adopted girls were also in Lusaka, as were Shawn and Rhonda Markle (though they returned on Wednesday).  The ladies held the fort!  We managed to get out for a picnic with the Speichingers and other visitors whom they had staying – the location was the famous bridge, so more photos…  It was a great evening.  We had many onlookers at our picnic, however  – the African children sat on the sand and watched – felt a bit like being in the zoo!   It was also my first time to drive in Zambia – not nearly so challenging as it might have been in the past as the roads are so much better.  We arrived home safely just before 10pm – late by Chitokoloki standards.

I gave a PET cart(see previous posting, and picture below) to another boy last week. He just loves it – I think he’s only been out of it to go to sleep ever since I produced it.  He likes to pretend he is our driver and gives us lifts round the hospital!!

Jeff, June and Jennelle Speichinger

David Croudace and Jeff Speichinger

Sunset at Chinyingi

'Mbuya's taxi'

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