New church, Progress on Fire Re-build!

On Sunday the 14th of June a group of us took off in 2 trucks to meet with a new church plant in Hambakwe.  This is in Chief Mujinga's area and quite a drive from Chidamoyo.  It took us 2 1/2 hours to get there over some pretty rough road.  We stopped once so Major could get a coke on the way.  Some of the road seemed like dried up river beds--but we finally arrived to  big group of women who came singing and dancing to our trucks to meet us.

We finally started church about 1 p.m. with over 80 people.  About 15 people had come from the nearest church of Marere to help encourage the church.  Major preached and a youth led the singing and service. 

They served us a lunch of sadza and fish heads--a big surprise for my visitors that went with me.  They ate the sadza and juice and some veges.

We have made the commitment to encourage them and provide a preacher for the next month to get them going and on their feet.   We left at 4 p.m. for home.

We drove home another way which in mileage was quicker but still a rough and long road.  We stopped at our village at Batanai on the way home.  We traded cars with Major as our Jeep was on empty and continued home.  When we got home we discovered the house keys had been left in the Jeep!  We had to wait another hour and Major showed up so we could get in!

Then I proceeded to pack for a 2 day meeting in town that we were leaving at 5 a.m. for the next day.  Just as I went to get into bed I got called.  The doctors were doing a C/Section and another lady walked in with an arm and cord presentation.  I ran to help and see if we could push the arm up--no luck!  I went in and said sew the other one up fast we have another one waiting!  They were to the skin--so we quickly moved that patient out and brought the new one in and cut!  We did 2 C/Sections in 2 hours!  We were moving!  All moms and babies were fine and went home later this week!  PTL!  It was a bit hectic--but God got us through it!

After that we decided to leave at 6 a.m. so we could get some sleep and so Dr. Munodawafa and I took off and got there in time to wait for an hour before the meeting really began--1 1/2 hours late!  No hurry in Africa!

So Monday and Tuesday we were in Chinhoyi for a Maternity and Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity meeting.  It was interesting and also was good to hear how well our hospital did compared to others.  After our presentation someone asked how we kept our morbidity and mortality down and our answer was "we don't believe in killing people!"  Everyone laughed and then I said--God is our BIG help!

It was so cold in Chinhoyi--in the evenings you just give up trying to get anything done and go to bed!  Down to high 40's when we were there!  Winter is really here!

Wednesday Major left with John and Rileigh to do some errands in Harare and then proceed to Masvingo and Mashoko.  Unfortunately on Thursday morning we received word that his brother-in-law, Patience's brother, had died in South Africa after a fall which resulted in a sub dermal hematoma.  At 45 he leaves 2 children who are 10 and 8.  He lived in the same city where Michael goes to University.  Major returned home to be with Patience.  They are still waiting for the body to be brought from South Africa to Harare in order to bury.  It looks like it will be Tuesday or after next week. Please keep them in prayer--this was Patience's only brother.

We are happy that the builders have been working very hard on the rebuilding of the kitchen/laundry/storerooms and dining room to replace the fire damage we had.  They have finished the electricity, the ceiling, floors and plastering.  We now will work on rhino board for the walls and painting and then some tiling and cupboards for the kitchen.  It is looking so good!  We have some plumbing to do for some sinks in the kitchen and dining room.  We continue to work with the money the government has granted for this rebuilding.

Rachel learned to draw blood this week

Youth at Hambakwe singing for us

Major preaching Sunday

Rachel and friends at church Sunday

Rileigh, John, Major and Patience at Hambakwe church

Laundry which has been plastered and ready for painting

Kitchen with wires for the stove and electric sadza pot--pass through window into dining room on right

New dining room

New dining room with pass through window to kitchen for serving food

 Dining room looking out on tuck shop

From kitchen looking down hallway to laundry rooms


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