Saturday, July 31, 2010

More pictures from Bulawayo

One funny thing happened when we were at Matopos. They told us that there were no lions in the park. Major commented "you never know for sure!" Of course i said "Major, they should know!" Yep--on the last day we were there we were stopped on the road by ladies cutting grass who asked us what kind of footprints those were and yes there were fresh new lion prints! A big mom and 2 cubs! So much for no lions!

Major is coming to US!

Major was issued his US visa at the embassy in Harare this week and so he will be on his way to the US on September 14th. I am not sure what I can do without him here, but we will try and hang in there. Here is his schedule and we encourage any of you that are nearby to any of his speaking dates to go and see him. He is excited to meet up with all of our visitors and supporters.
15 Sept arrives in SF and goes to Sebastopol to stay
19 Sept be at Adventure Christian Church in Rocklin
26 Sept speak at Sebastopol Christian Church
3 Oct speak at Natomas church in Sacramento
4 Oct-11 Oct be in Los Alamitos, CA
10 Oct speak at Lemon Grove, CA
15-17 Oct men’s retreat in Occidental, CA
21-25 Oct Seattle
27 Oct fly to Indianapolis and stay with Altman family in Ft. Wayne
31 Oct speak at Monroe Christian Church in Monroe, MI
3 Nov-8 Nov be in Wichita, KS with Phil Smith family
7 Nov speak at Countryside Christian church in Wichita, KS
8 Nov-12 Nov be with Barringer family in Carl Junction, MO
14 Nov speak at Sterling Christian church Veedersburg, IN
17 Nov-20 Nov National Missionary Convention in Lexington, KY—we will have a booth under Chidamoyo Christian Hospital, come and visit
20-Nov fly to Ringwood, NJ
21 Nov Speak at Ringwood Community Presbyterian church
21-26 Nov Ringwood, NJ with Don McCarty family
26 Nov Fly to London
27 Nov-2 Dec be in London with Chidamoyo UK Trust
2 Dec leave for Harare from London
3 December arrive in Harare 13:55 p.m. (Time for me to go on vacation!)
His phone number while he is in US 707 484-9868

Happy end of July!

We enjoyed a few days away with our visitors: Pam and Jack and Hannah and Brandon. We went to Matopos National Park SW of Bulawayo and spent 4 nights there. A beautiful setting with lots of balancing rocks. We enjoyed climbing up mountains to see caves with bush painting in them from thousands of years ago. We enjoyed a chance encounter with a native rock cutter who made rocks to use on our feet to smooth them. We called that getting out feet stoned!

We had a game park close by and saw rhinos everywhere we turned as well as impala and warthogs and plenty of monkeys and baboons. We had monkeys that surrounded our cabins everyday and tried to sneak in if the door was left open! One got in and got into a big bag of biscuits (cookies) and so we called them monkey biscuits and had to throw the whole bag out!

We took a day trip to Victoria Falls (6 hours each way!) and on the way home Pam yelled "elephant" and so Jack and I quickly braced our heads behind the seats, thinking he was in the road and we were going to run into him. He was right by the side of the road--so we were able to see him well as our heartbeats returned to normal!
On our way home to Harare we stopped off to see the Natural History Museum in Bulawayo. This is a wonderful museum with lots of rich history. We got to the museum and they said it was closed because of no ZESA (electricity!)! So I asked them if we could still see it if we provided our own torches (flashlights) and they said yes but you still have to pay! So we enjoyed our own speacial tour of the museum in the dark with torches. We called it "Night at the Museum--Part 3!" It would make a good movie, don't you think?

We had to say goodbye to Pam and Jack who returned to Seattle and Hannah and Brandon who returned to Ringwood, NJ on Wed. this week. On Friday we welcomed our new visitor Liz Willis, a final semester nursing student from Sonoma State University near my home area in CA! It is always fun having visitors and we are thankful for the help! Month end reports are due soon!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Winter is here..brrr...

Winter is here!

Life continues on in Zimbabwe and it seems like it goes by so fast. We have been very busy at the hospital. It is winter and we see a lot of pneumonia, flu, and burns. Children stay near the fire in cookhouses to keep warm and frequently someone trips or a pan falls over with hot water or hot porridge and they get burnt.
The children seem to do well and the mother’s do the daily scrubbing of the burns and the kids are kept busy coloring and playing games with my visitors.
We had a new group of visitors that joined us on July 1, Pam and Jack Johnson from Bainbridge Island near Seattle and Hannah McCarty, my niece and friend Brandon from Ringwood, NJ.
Pam is an OB nurse and keeps busy with the medical things. Jack is building shelves, doing computer projects and keeping us organized and Brandon and Hannah have been helping in getting our ART meds ready, helping in our vaccination clinics and playing with kids in Pediatrics.
It is always fun to have visitors and see their enthusiasm for the work. It is always a big help in keeping us going!
It seems like the new visitors, Hannah and Brandon, have brought us good ZESA luck. We had electricity continuous from Friday night until Monday morning and then everyday since during the day some hours and the night some hours. I think we can’t let them go or the ZESA curse will return!
We have been able to purchase a lorry for the hospital (a 3.5 ton Mazda truck) which Major picked it up on Thursday and got back at 4 a.m. due to several flat tires! This will definitely help us in our building projects, transporting staff and supplies during our weekly grocery run and for church and youth work. Maybe our little trucks will not wear out so fast! The hospital was able to purchase this with funds from selling our crops that we got from bartering for our services last year! Now the only problem is when we say go get “Lori” for a C/Section they will go and get the truck!
Winter is here and we have had weather down to 52 (10 C) this week, brrr! It may not sound cold to you but our houses are built for heat and so my dining room which is a screened in room can be very cool eating breakfast and seeing your breath in the air! It takes until about 10 a.m. to warm up (I can go from 4 layers to 2) and then by 6 p.m. when the sun goes down it is cold again! We look forward to August when it warms up again.
This last week we attended a funeral for our fellow missionary, Ivan Martin, who died after a 2 year struggle with cancer. The service was in Bulawayo (11 hours from here) and it was really a great service celebrating his wonderful life. All of us can only hope that such nice things can be said about us and the influence of our work here when we die. His body will be flown to the US at the end of the month for a service there and burial in the family cemetery in rural Colorado. JoAnn, his wife of 53 years will return to keep the work going on with the churches in Bulawayo. Pray for this upcoming travel and for JoAnn and the family.
We had a party on Friday night to celebrate our long service awards for people who have worked 5-10-15-20 and 25 years for the hospital. We had 35 for dinner and served 1 pig, 25 pounds of rice, 10 pounds of potatoes, 4 heads of cabbage made into cole slaw, gravy and 3 cakes! Everyone enjoyed and we appreciate all of our workers.
We continue to see more Obama clothing line—this week it was belt buckle worn by our Rehab Tech. I guess he needs to supplement his income somehow and Zimbabwe seems to be the place!