Thursday, September 20, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
After Church, we were able to take a ride to the beach up the shore. This is such an amazingly beautiful place, it is hard to imagine why this place cannot fully get out of poverty. White sand beaches, sipping tea on benches over looking this beautiful warm water, walking out into the water for one hundred feet and still only getting up to your mid-thigh, with canoers paddling by, birds coming up to the shore. It is truly God-given. The contrasts though with the poverty all around us is just so hard to comprehend. r
Even in Bemba is felt good to recharge our spiritual batteries.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
This is another view of the clinic room. Cristobal sitting on the bench has been a great help. She is married to Moses who has helped us in years past and was also one of the people who learned massage therapy. She is very interested in trying to get into nursing school here - the only problem is that they do not accept many into the program, which is very unfortunate since the need is huge. Moses is away in school to be a teacher. It is unfortunate that even the educated in this area cannot advance as much as they could because of the lack of higher education and the difficulty in doing it here.
Friday, September 14, 2012
This is Prosper, who we visited last year with my kids. He is a young boy with HIV who is thriving with the HBC program. We are here with his grandma, he is an orphan, along with Cristobal, who was supported by SCCP in the past, now married to Moses, who used to help us out at the Bible clinic. Her little girl is now 4 years old and she wants to try to do medical things now so she is helping us out on Home Based Care visits. Prosper is doing really well, growing, taking his ARV meds, though he had a rash that looked like warts last month - using antifungal cream and his grandma shaving them off, they all seem to have miraculously healed. Today when we saw him he had an ear infection but otherwise doing great. Keep on praying for little ones like Prosper here in Samfya.
We finally made it to Samfya Wednesday and got to meet Dr. Albert, the head of Medical Department with the district and Dr. Lichiku, a Congolese doctor who is overseeing the new hospital. He got a makeshift OR set up and Eric and Holly are trying to help get it going. Yesterday we got to do some hut calls - here Eric is taking care of a bad wound of one of the SBC clients, his vigilant dad is watching to learn how to care for it and he has been doing a good job, the leg is slowly healing but likely will need months of good care. There are lots of wounds out here that need lots of good diligent care and cleaning - something that is so hard to do out here.