Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy June--Major coming to US!

More visitors have arrived recently—all have Zimbabwe roots, and they have been here visiting for a time.

Janelle Frayne, is a nursing student from Boise, Idaho.  She was born in Zimbabwe and raised here until 2009 when she went to go to college at Boise Bible College in Idaho.  Her grandparents are Dale and Linda Marshall who lived at Chidamoyo Christian Hospital when the first arrived in Zimbabwe in 1964, and then had a ministry in Chinhoyi until 2009.  They are now retired and living in Boise.  Janelle is starting her junior year of college in Nursing and is here to get some experience as well as visit family and friends.

Jesse Richardson, a friend of Janelle’s, also came to get some practical experience for her college degree in Occupational Therapy.  She graduates in December from Cape Town.   Her father and mother farmed in Karoi and lost their farm in the farm invasions.  They now rent property to farm in Karoi.  He has given us a ton of soybeans for years to help feed the patients here at the hospital.  Jesse came here about 2 years ago to do some clinical time with us.

A few days after they joined us Jonathan Fernandez joined us.  Jonathan just completed his second year of medical school and had a long break before school starts again in September, so he decided to come and get some experience at the hospital.  His friend, Kumbirai Heteckeri also joined him a few days later. 

The girls and guys are busy helping in the hospital, going on rounds, helping scrub for operations and observing a lot of out-patient treatment.  They seem to be excited by all they see and do.  It will be great experience for all of them in their future careers.

On Wednesday this week Justin and Nicki Hess joined us.  They have been out with us several times before.  They are Zimbabweans who now live in Singapore and are involved in the Zimbabwe Rural Schools Development Program.  They have come to see the progress of school projects they have sponsored.  Major has been busy taking them out to the several school projects they have helped with.

The whole group went out to see a school near Major’s village yesterday and then went hiking to see a waterfall in the area.  They had tea and lunch at Major’s village and had a great day out in the bush!

We have been collecting a lot of containers that come here and we decided recently to turn one into a small guest house for hospital visitors.  We painted and put windows and a door in and it is ready to go to house visitors!

We recently received a very generous gift from Kirsty and Chris Withers. They asked all of their wedding guests to donate money to in their honor to Chidamoyo Christian Hospital.  Over $6,000 was raised for us.  We bought a very needed ultrasound machine that Dr. Cheryl Kellert is so happy!  It is benefiting so many patients who used to have to go over 3 hours each way to the nearest ultrasound.  Most had no money to go and so now we can do them right here.  They also donated 500 pair of surgery gloves which has kept us going in our theater so we could keep operating!  We are so thankful to them for these generous gifts?

Major is packing up to leave here on the 11th of July and his travel schedule is:

July 11—leave Harare

July 12—arrive in San Francisco 1 p.m.

July 13—Speak at Men’s breakfast, Sebastopol Christian Church, CA

July 13 and 14th—preach at Sebastopol Christian Church, CA

July 21—visit Adventure Christian Church, Roseville, CA

July 28—visit Adventure Christian Church, Natomas, CA

August 4—speak at Lemon Grove Christian Church, CA

August 7-10 –Albuquerque, NM

August 11—Speak at Durango, CO

August 13—19 Wichita, KS

August 18—Be with Countryside Christian Church, Wichita, KS

August 20-23—Visit with Barringer family in Carl Junction, MO

August 25—Veedersburg, IN

September 1—Speak in Monroe, MI

September 2—Seattle, WA

September 7—Fundraiser for Chidamoyo in Seattle, WA—all invited for a fun evening!

September 13—Leave Seattle to Eugene, OR

September 15—Speak at Santa Clara Christian Church, Eugene, OR

September 17—Back to Santa Rosa, CA

September 22—Speak at Westville Christian Church in Santa Rosa, CA

September 24—Leave for home

September 26—Arrive home at 17:10 p.m. and collapse from all that travel!


His cell number in the US after July 13 will be 707-484-9868


Hope you can all see him when he is in a place near you!  If you have any donations for our raffle for our fundraiser please contact: Larry Gail at:

We are looking for crafts, vacations, anything to help raise money for the hospital.  Come out for the evening for a live auction, sadza, music and fun on September 7, in Seattle.  More information at the  same email address.
 Container House
Dr. Kellert and the new ultrasound machine
Jonathan drawing blood
Jonathan and Kumbirai  helping Cheryl with a C/Section

 Jesse holding C/Section baby
Teaching Jonathan to suture
Janelle helping with C/Section, putting in staples
Kumbirai holding the C/Section baby

Sunday, June 9, 2013

More guests and more fun!

The weekend May 17-20 we had another group of Zimbabwe Christian College students out with us for their practical training in AIDS work and hospital chaplaincy.  We had 12 men and women who joined us for the weekend to learn and do some practicals with our patients at our hospital.  We are happy to have them and to meet our future ministers here in Zimbabwe.
May 20th was Major's 49th birthday.  We celebrated with a dinner and for some reason he got a lot of coke for his birthday!  Not hard to figure out what to buy him for a gift!
On May 24th a team of 8 people arrived from Countryside Christian Church.  The team was lead by Phil Smith, their Missions minister.  Phil and his family had served for many years as missionaries in South Africa and had been here to Chidamoyo in 2007.  We enjoyed having Beth, Jen, Mike, Theresa, Sandy, Tanisha and Phil and his son Josh with us.
Their plane got delayed in the US because of mechanical difficulties but they arrived late on the 24th , but only 2 out of their 14 bags arrived with them!  They finally left Harare at 11:30 p.m. And drove straight through to Chidamoyo arriving at 4 a.m.!  They had 4 hours of sleep and then up to start a full day of  running a Ministers and Wives Retreat and a Youth Rally!  It was a busy day it they all kept awake!  They did go to bed right after dinner!
Sunday morning we went to a church 3 hours over a very bad road to Marere where we meet with people from Mukowe church, Davare church, Batanai church and Chivende churches for their Big Sunday.  Phil preached and we all enjoyed the church service.  We rushed home in time to get back to  have Sunday night church at the hospital.  Mike preached and they enjoyed seeing the pregnant women singing and dancing!
Monday they started helping us with some needed paper work at the hospital, cleaning a big storeroom out and organizing as much as they could, also putting some video material together, weighing babies and weighing mom's to be at Immunization and Antenatal clinics.
We went off to Rhino Camp for 2 nights and a day in Harare before they left on June 4th.  It was great to have them all here and we appreciate that their church has been faithful in supporting our work for 32 years!
On May 26th, Dr. James Palleschi arrived.  Dr. Palleschi is an urologist in my home town of Santa Rosa, California.  He spent last year with us doing surgeries and training our doctors and came back for 2 more weeks this year.  So many patients came to be seen and he as kept very busy in he operating room the whole time.  We had to drag him away for 2 days at Rhino Camp to see some game.  Our first ride out we saw 4 female lions and 7 cubs!  We are so thankful for his wonderful help and we are already planning his trip for next year! He returned home on the 7th of June.
The storeroom we are building with funds from our UK Trust is almost to roof level and we are so thankful to them for their kind help.

 Major's birthday
 College student doing church service
 Beth teaching youth rally
 Theresa teaching minister's wives
Youth playing a game at youth rally
 Mrs. Mereki, Jen, Tanisha and Josh at church
 Jen, Tanisha and Beth hard at work
Dr. Palleschi operating

Sandy helping with weighing babies
 Kansas team and Major
Team Kansas at Rhino Camp
Dr. Palleschi, Mrs. Kajese, Dr. Kajese and me at Rhino Camp

Major catching bream at Rhino Camp

 Storeroom being built at hospital
Dr. Palleschi and me