A rural mission hospital in NW Zimbabwe. Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through hospital evangelism.
Merry Christmas 2015
Thank you for your support this year. As we gather to celebrate with our friends and family the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, may you have fun, laughs and a great time. No stress just JOY!
It hardly seems like Christmas here with 90+ degree weather and fans blowing to make us survive! Tuesday this week, Carolyn and Nancy (Major’s daughter and niece) came to make Christmas cookies for our present opening on Christmas Eve.
The presents are wrapped and stocking filled--except for the chocolate which has to be in the fridge here because of the heat!
Our Lake Union Crew lost one member Wednesday (returning to Seattle) and 5 more are joining us the same day. They have been hard at work on the roof and trusses this week. A crane came on Monday to help lift up the heavy metal trusses. They have really made progress and are working so hard in this heat!! I think they pray hard for cloudy skies each day but so far it has been very hot this week and no rain since Sunday.
We had a staff party yesterday, Christmas Eve at 1 p.m. with a grocery bag of flour, sugar, soap, oil, rice, and a T-shirt in it for all 107 staff members. We hope this will start their Christmas out with good wishes as pay day is after Christmas this year and hard for our staff!
Christmas Eve we had a Candlelight sing and Bible reading of the Nativity at the hospital and then we went home to open gifts--Major’s family and myself. Our Lake Union Crew group (15 people) joined us this year for Christmas cookies, tea and coffee and opening presents. They brought some “White Elephant” gifts to give to each other! We had a great time!
This morning (Christmas) we had church at the hospital at 9 a.m. and then tea and bread for all who come. Then at 1:30 p.m. I cooked lunch for 25 people--Ham and Chicken and all the trimmings! Off course first thing this morning my hot water pipe under the sink broke and all morning they have been trying to fix it--so no water in my kitchen while I cooked the big meal!
However you celebrate--Chidamoyo wishes you peace, health and happiness in 2016 and may Santa bring you all you wished for!
Carolyn and Nancy making cookies
Seattle work team putting on the roof of the Waiting Mothers Shelter
New dining room used for staff Christmas party
Kathy, Major and Dr. Isala enjoying the lunch
Staff enjoying the lunch
Cooks who made the staff lunch
Major leading the Christmas party for staff
Candlelight service Christmas Eve
Nyamutora family singing at Church service
Lake Union Crew joined us for Christmas Church
Texan preaching and Gil interpreting--Christmas church
Major, daughter Carolyn and niece Nancy singing for Christmas service
started this week by welcoming many visitors to Chidamoyo Hospital.On Sunday evening, the 22nd of
February Dr. Stephanie Huang from Santa Rosa, CAarrived with her 2 sons Julian and Lucas .Stephanie who is an ENT surgeon came last year in June and said she
really wanted to come back with her sons and so we are happy to welcome them
for 2 weeks. Every Monday morning we have Viral Load draw day for our 5,249 patients on ART. the viral load tells us if the medication is working to control their AIDS and if they are taking their medicine. We start drawing by 0645 and at 0800 Major comes to do devotions for us. This has been a special time of encouragement for our patients. Monday
morning we welcomed a team that had come to visit Martha and Fanny Nyamutora,
who minister in Gweru.Fanny’s home
village is down at the end of our airstrip.He had a team of American ladies that had come out to help with a Women’s Conference
and VBS in Gweru and came to have a night at Fanny’s village and joi…
our lorry from the hospital went in to pick up a container from Sebastopol, CA
that arrived.This is the first time
that we have been able to transport our own container.Tapson, the driver said it was very heavy—but
they made it up Zvimaiwei Hill with no problem and arrived Monday night.We got it unloaded on Wednesday off the lorry
and opened it Friday to start the unloading progress.We put lots of boxes in the hallway outside
my office to start unpacking as I have time between patients. This
week we kept busy with some guests from ZACH—our church hospital organization
that works with CDC-PEPFAR program to sponsor or HIV/AIDS work.They were with us from Tuesday night through
Friday morning visiting 2 other clinics in the area they sponsor and us. I
cooked dinner for the 3 guests for the 3 nights they were with us. They
brought us a nice tented room that we can use when going out on our ART
outreach clinics.We learned to put it
up and take it down.We put it on the
lawn in the court…
Many people ask if the things we send are worth the money it
takes to get them here in a container.Let me tell you something that happened this morning to illustrate.An old grandmother of 80+ years was beaten up
with a brick from her psychotic daughter at 0400 this morning.They found her about 6 a.m. when her other
daughter went to see her.She was
slumped over in a pile of blood.They
luckily had a vehicle and put in the back of an open pickup truck and brought
her here to the hospital (2 hours away).
When she arrived she was gasping for air.She had lacerations in two places on her
skull—she had 2 depressed skull fractures we could feel.She was bleeding from her mouth where her
front teeth had been, and her nose was bleeding as well as bleeding blood from
the inside of her right ear.Her eyes
were both swollen shut and bruised and her cheek was swollen and bruised.
We had to put an IV line in her neck, take a blood count and
stabilize her.We then wanted to start
Dexamethsaone IV to dec…