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Zambia News - Ros Jeffersons's Blog 6  :Travels etc (end of August 2014)

I am sorry for the delay in uploading this posting to my blog.  I shall blame my slow and somewhat tenuous internet connection over the last couple of weeks of August which disrupted the download of updates and so blocked my access to Microsoft Office. Technology is all very good when it works!

I can hardly believe that 2 weeks has past since my last update – and that I am returning to UK at the end of August DV.  The time has passed all too quickly and I will soon have to say goodbye to everyone.

After my last posting I spent a couple of days at the senior girls camp along with Rhonda Markle and her two daughters, Ali Bell (short term nurse from N Ireland) and Rebekah Masachi (local girl who is studying nursing in Lusaka).  There were 32 teenagers present. I knew a couple of them from the local English Bible study on a Tuesday night. Some came from as far away as the Copper Belt.  The camp site is down by the Zambezi river, about 30 minutes drive from Chitokoloki along a bumpy track.  The river is the only source of water for both drinking and washing – all drinking water is boiled to remove the range of microorganisms all guaranteed to upset an English gut.  The food is very typically African with lots of nshima (and relish) and local bread baked in a primitive wood fired oven. It is wonderfully irresistible – hot, soft and fragrant. Mrs Sefu, a local lady and a senior nurse at the hospital was the main speaker and she presented the Gospel in each session.  I helped with some of the group sessions and also with the activities which Rhonda organized.  The six of us all slept in Rhonda’s tent – close fellowship, but great fun.  It was very encouraging to hear afterwards that two girls trusted the Lord – we pray that their professions will be genuine and that they will go on to live for God.

I was away again for the following weekend – this time up at Sakeji school (situated in the bit of Zambia that juts up between Angola and DRC.  The main purpose of the visit was to meet up with my good friends Samuel and Elizabeth Simonyi-Gindele and their children who serve the Lord in Angola and were back over in Zambia for a short break.  Tanis Walker from Chitokoloki and her two adopted Zambian daughters, Mika and Hope, were also there.  Our hosts were Mark and Pam Ronald (Mark is the headmaster at Sakeji) and they coped admirably with 11 guests over the 3 days.  The visit was a highlight of the trip to Zambia – it was an unexpected joy to see the SGs again and to spend time together and I thank the Lord for granting the opportunity.  I flew up to Sakeji on the Chit plane.  We stopped en route at Dipalata for breakfast with the Speichingers and then came back by road on the Monday with Tanis, Mika and Hope.  We all enjoyed the fellowship and time to relax together.  The younger children were all pleased to see Dr Ros and wanted to include her in their activities, including go-karting - there has to be a first time for everything and it was great fun! The SGs have one more week before they face the long and arduous journey back to Angola where they plan to move down to Biula very shortly; they will make this their base from which to serve the Lord.  They need our prayers in their move and also in their future work for the Lord in Angola.

Lest you think that life is full of trips I must write some more about the hospital.  My ward has been busy this past week.  I have had a couple of children with obstructive hydrocephalus and one with spina bifida who need to go to Lusaka for neurosurgery (thankfully the surgery and necessary medical care is provided free at the Beit Cure Hospital).  There is another lovely boy with a likely diagnosis of lymphoma who is also waiting for transfer to Lusaka for further investigation and treatment.  Then there is a teenager with severe cardiac failure secondary to rheumatic fever – we can try and optimize his medical management but there is no cardiac surgery available here like there is in the UK and, sadly, without this option his outlook is gloomy physically.  It is a joy to be able to give these families tracts in their own language and to tell them of the Saviour.  Two other notable patients are headed for home shortly – Mbuya and his cart (no more transport service!) and Wana and his mother (he has recovered very well from severe malnutrition and is quite adorable and playful now).

Another patient on male ward is very ill.  He speaks good English and in the past had contact with Don and Elva Brooks (Canada/NZ missionaries based at Kabompo). He is not saved, thinking he can earn God’s salvation by his works and with no assurance of heaven.  Very sad. Shawn Markle (Canada) has also visited with him and has left him literature.  I thought of him particularly as I was reading 2 Samuel chapter 3 recently – the story of Abner’s death within a step or two of the city of refuge but outside safety, and king David’s lament, ’Died Abner as a fool dieth?’  How many people in this world hear the Gospel and are nearly saved but postpone the decision until it is too late and die without the Saviour!  As believers it is our duty to continue to warn them of their danger and to point them to Christ by both what we say and what we do.

I will finish this posting with a few photos of camp and the trip to Sakeji which I hope you will enjoy.

Stirring nshima at camp

River scene at camp

Cooking bread

Campsite and girls

Samuel and Elizabeth Simonyi-Gindele and family

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