Happy New Year 2011

We had a good week before the end of the year although the hospital was busy after Monday was a holiday here. We did get electricity for less than 24 hours from Christmas Eve night at 8 p.m. until Christmas Day at 6:15 p.m. (only 1 hour off in the morning) and then a big storm hit and we were off again! the whole week we struggled with no electricity for X-rays and computer work, etc.

NY Eve we broke off work at 2 p.m. and got a few hours to relax (take down Christmas decorations) at home before the start of our NY Eve celebrations at 7:30 p.m. We had a packed church with some of our local churches coming and the community. We sang, dance, had a video, prayed the NY in and then at midnight went outside the church for fireworks. We bought some Chinese ones at the flea market in Harare and we were unsure what they would do but they were fun--one rocket went into the sky and then head back into the crowd! They scattered and asked for more!

After the fireworks we went back into the church and had some question and answers for prizes and gave out new T-shirts to the winners. Then the youth group band turned all their amplifiers on and went to town with more music, singing and dancing! I gave up and went home at 1:30 a.m. when the broke for tea and bread. They continued until 6 a.m.!

ZESA finally came on this morning about 7:45 for 10 minutes and off and then 8:15 for 45 minutes and off so there is hope we might get more? I am sure we are on load shedding after 14 days on none except for Christmas!

My field is growing well and the maize is about 2 feet high and very green! the youth group went to do the weeding on Thursday. For those of you who only come to Chidamoyo in our winter (June-Sept) when things are very brown and dry I am showing you a picture from my gate of how green it is this time of the year and how tall the grass is! You can't believe it I am sure.
Just to rub it in a bit, yesterday low was 68F and high of 86F. what a way to welcome in 2011! Hope you kept warm!

We pray that 2011 will be a year of peace and calm in Zimbabwe. continue to pray for the country and people of Zimbabwe! All the best to all of you for a great 2011!


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