July 14, 2014
Rhythm of Rest
“Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.” Exodus 20:9-10
As an American I value being busy and getting things accomplished. I like to look at a list at the end of
|On an evening walk on the MAF airstrip|
During this pregnancy I also have tried to be more diligent about rest. I really feel that I am in the process of waiting, waiting for this little one to come into the world. As the baby kicks me I am reminded of the one I will meet soon. It is fun to wonder about what this little one will be like and to pray for the future. I think God knew what He was doing when he made human
gestation to be 9months, during which time we are forced to slow down. The change to parenthood is a big one and He must know that this time is needed to adjust and make me more attentive.
God seems to value rest alongside work, as He demonstrates in the Creation. It says, “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Genesis 2:2-3 It doesn’t really say what God did on this day, except that he rested and it was distinctly different from work. I can imagine that God sat back and enjoyed His creation, all things that have the breath of life. He enjoyed what He had created. It is my prayer that we learn to live in the enjoyment of what God is doing in our lives.
Learning a foreign language is a humbling, but fun process. I use Swahili on a daily basis in talking with parents and children. People are so happy that you try to speak with them, even if your pronunciation or word order isn’t quite right. Many words that used to sound alike to me, I can now differentiate. “Kukohoa (cough),” “kukoja (urinate),” “kukononia (breastfeed)” used to sound the same to me, but now I can hear the sounds. The verb for breathing and passing air are the same “kupumzi.” That makes sense if the meaning of the word is the passage of air. Other expressions are just fun…like taking a flight somewhere is “safari ndege (bird safari)”! There are lots of examples of this. Often a word can be used in many different ways and just needs to be modified in context. I can usually understand the context of what people are saying even if I don’t understand every word. Maybe I will be semi-fluent in another year? Half of learning a language is intentionality and simply wanting to learn and not being afraid to make mistakes. I think God gave Africans a special facility with languages, as most people here speak a minimum of at least 3-4 languages.
One of my little patients in the malnutrition program is only 18months old or so and understands Wabira, the language of the local tribe the Bira. He used to cry all the time and barely be able to open his eyes due to tissue edema. He has lost his edema and is a happy little boy once again in only 4 weeks. I have learned how to greet him in Bira, which is “Nebo.” He seems to understand and accept me now. Language really is paramount in relating to people, even toddlers!
A Trip to Beni
We just returned from a weekend trip to Beni, about a 3.5hour trip into the forest. This is our probably
It was inspiring to see the students who have received scholarships to study at local Christian universities with the goal of returning to Nyankunde to serve for a set period of time. We listened to them singing and praying for one another in English and French today, and complete some interviews on their experiences. It is true that they are the future of this village as they give back and lead.
|Machine (the woodworker) and me|
|Scholarship recipients studying in Beni and Butembo|
I continue to improve my clinical skills to work in this setting. I saw an interesting case last week of a girl with chronic abdominal colic of several years duration. Common things are common, but her story and the re-enactment of her pain suggested a more complicated etiology. Her abdominal ultrasound
|Making ultrasound gel. Notice my funnel is a resuscitation mask.|
Thank you for your financial support
We want to send a public thank you to all of our supporters, many of whom remain anonymous. We appreciate your partnership and interest in our ministry. These last few months we have been able to make continued contributions to the malnutrition/indigent patient fund, travel to and from Greece for continued medical education, update our nursery with some needed furniture, and do some necessary home repairs. We have even had a new beehive built in hopes of starting a new bee colony! A milking cow might be next! If I were only kidding...We really would not be able to do these things without
|Outdoor bathtub renovations|
With love and blessings,
Lindsey and Warren