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
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