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
Well things have quieted down a bit in the
country.Still no buses moving in our
area and a few Kombis.This has kept our
patient load down a lot, bringing in only the most serious patients.Many are coming in Scotch Carts or paying
someone with a private car to bring them. This last week we have had lots of rain in our area
which has been great.Some of the maize
might be saved in our area.We have
enjoyed rain every day since last weekend and cloudy skies which helps keep the
land wetter.Keep praying for rain!The southern part of the country will have
drought this year.With the bad economic
times in the country this means many will be without food. This week I had 3 young college graduates join
me here.Claire, is from Illinois and
has been accepted into a Physician’s Assistant program in Boston that starts
this fall.She was here in Jan-Feb 2018
and decided to come and join us again before she starts school. She is here for 5 weeks. Elliot and Serva are recent graduates of University
Christmas 2018 has come and gone and soon 2018 will be
gone.We had a great Christmas time with
many activities and we look forward to a bigger and better 2019!
On Christmas Eve we closed the Outpatient Department at 1
p.m. and had our annual Christmas lunch for our staff.It had been up in the air if we were having a
lunch this year because of the food shortages we have been suffering from since
October.Also, I wasn’t sure if I was
going to get out of the hospital and home in time.It all worked out and we had a wonderful
lunch with Major as the MC and lots of jokes and dancing!
We always give a bag of groceries each year for our staff
and this year we were finally able to find enough groceries for 100 people to
put in the bags.For awhile we were
thinking they might be an empty bag only.We were able to get 2.5 kg of flour, 2 kg of sugar, 2 kg of rice, 1
liter of oil and 1 big bar of soap.We
were able to get the funds to buy the goods and Major found the groceries,
running around Harare…
has been a few weeks of very busy time for us at Chidamoyo.On August 20 we welcomed a team of Physical
Therapy students from University of Washington.We welcomed Ben, Brian,Ellee, Nicole, Elisa, Sam and 3 teachers Sara,
Kendra and Lisa.Kendra has been here 3
times and Sara twice, so it was great to have them back again. The
students kept busy with our Rehab Tech, Brighton Kamhuka. They did several
teaching sessions with Village Health workers, a workshop for parents with kids
who have Cerebral Palsy and went out to some outreach clinics in the area.They saw a lot of patients and helped our
Village Health Care Workers to identify people with disabilities. They
also helped with a couple of Well Baby Clinics and did some in-services for the
nurses.They kept very busy and enjoyed
their time here. They
spent a weekend at Major’s village and ended their time here with a trip to
Rhino Camp with Major and then they flew on to Victoria Falls for a few days
before leaving. While
they were here K…