Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Passionfruit Harvest in September

September 6, 2016

Joy and sorrow.
This past week our hearts have been heavy as we learned of the death of a close friend after a serious accident.  We have also lost many patients lately.  It is pause to consider what we are doing with our lives that really matters.  It gives joy to remember who our friend was, yet at the same time it brings sorrow.  We know she knew Jesus and that we will see her again. 
Passionfruit flower, a beauty

"Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.  Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked...Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come."  2 Corinthians 5:1-3; 5.

Indeed, we are travelers on a journey and this earth is only a temporary home.  We have an amazing life ahead of us.

Peace and pain. 
Furaha is a girl with diabetes that we have been managing for the last few years.  After a long struggle to manage her medical problems, she developed kidney failure.  We did all we could for her, but in the end I sent her home on palliative care with her family.  God can do miracles and sometimes he does, we will see.  As I spoke with the family who has suffered and given up so much for their daughter, they can’t imagine having done anything else.  Life is so valuable.  Even suffering has a way of bringing out love.  There is peace knowing we cared for her, even though it hurts.  The meaning of her name Furaha is "joy" in Swahili.

Strength To Walk Again
I was reminded again this past week that we care for patients so that they can tell others of the goodness of God.  As patients are healed they bear witness to others, and God receives the glory.  So many times in the New Testament Jesus heals and the result is many people praising God, not simply the one healed.  My jaw dropped recently when one of my patients walked into the pediatrics ward for a clinic follow-up.  Delphin was hardly able to walk in April due to tuberculosis affecting multiple bones in his body.  After many arduous surgical drainages and lots of pain, the infection seemed to be under control enough to go home.  I had his story translated into Swahili and told the family to share the good news with their friend and family. 
Wbat a great kid!

What joy to see him walk with a smile on his face!  The purpose of this visit was to see if he should start the academic year.  I gave a wholehearted “YES!”

One of my other patients stood for the first time last week.  Neema is a 3year old who has been struggling for months with the neurologic complications of tuberculosis.  She has been all smiles these past few weeks, able to sit independently and swallow food.  Just as we were watching Neema stand, we asked, “Can she walk?” Her mother said “No.” I think Neema heard us.  In an instant, she walked towards the door, holding onto the bed.  It was as if she wanted to show us what she could do!  What joy!!!  Neema means "grace" in Swahili.

Not apple picking, but passionfruit picking
I have been reminded to treasure Emmanuel this past week!  It keeps me going when work is difficult to know that I can come home and play with him.  He is growing so fast and is really such a sweet little boy.  He is learning to communicate his wants and needs, so there is far less frustration on his part.  I am learning patience as we ignore the occasional tantrum and focus on the good things he is doing. 
Birthday celebration with Emmanuel's aunties

He was very interested in the video of a certain "baby" (himself!)

We took a fun trip together to buy passionfruit on Sunday.  We may not have apples in Congo, but we do have an abundance of passionfruit.  This is my new favorite fall activity.  Emmanuel was really excited to load the fruit in the car.  He wanted to help washing the fruit.  At one point we filled the bathtub full of fruit and warm water and put him in it!   We bought $12 worth of fruit and have over 15L of concentrate to make >60L of juice!  I do miss the temperate seasons here in Africa…so it is perfect to have little things to remind me what time of year it is back home.

We look forward to your emails and responses to our blog.  It helps us to feel connected to the rest of the world.  If you haven't dropped us a line recently, we hope you will do so.

Blessings and love,

Lindsey (for the Coopers)



  1. Thank you so much Warren and Lindsey for sharing your lives with us and others. I am so inspired by your deep rooted and practical working out of your faith in the DRC. Your lives do point to the goodness of God and you know and will know the glory that Scripture regularly equates with suffering. I do pray that God helps build up partnership and support for you, your family and your work. I desire to be part of the answer to this prayer. Father, please hear our prayers and release your provision and blessings to your servants and dearly loved children, Warren and Lindsey, as well as Emmanuel. :) Amen. I thank God for you now in reading and remembering your walk. Thanks for sharing. And I especially like the passionfruit blond bathtub boy photo. Very cute.

  2. Warren and Lindsey, I come to this site often to see the latest update on your ministry and family. I read a lot of blogs/websites from a lot of people who are working cross-culturally but none compare to eloquence, insight, passion and compassion I read from you guys. Warren perhaps Emmanuel will pick up some of you unicycle skills. I think the Father for what you are doing for Him and the Kingdom. You are an inspiration. Warren, I will be going to the Dakar Academy to speak at the spiritual emphasis week. Stan Walker, Alan Ballard and Dan Holcomb all live there and Jewel and Evan Evans are the chaplains. I will continue in my prayers for you, your family and your ministry.

  3. تعتبر شركتنا افضل شركة تنظيف دبي خدمات متميزة فى التنظيف بكل انحاء دبي شركة مكافحة حشرات بدبي لرجال الأعمال والعاملين فيها ، ويتم دخول وخروج عدد كبير شركة تنظيف عجمان من المتعاملين شركة تنظيف بالشارقة مع الشركة بصورة يومية وهى الواجهة شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالشارقة الحقيقية للعاملين فيها ولصاحب العمل نفسه، ولذلك فهي في حاجة دائمة للتنظيف شركة مكافحة الحشرات ابوظبي حتى تكون في أزهى صورة لها أمام العملاء شركة تنظيف ابو ظبي، ولذلك فصاحب الشركة يحتاج توفير طاقم عمل يقوم بالتنظيف المستمر للشركة.

  4. تقدم شركتنا خدماتها شركة مكافحة حشرات بدبي للأفراد والشركات والمطاعم والمحلات التجارية خدمات تنظيف دبي والفنادق والمدارس رش أمن بدون روائح كريهة أو خدمات تنظيف عجمان مزعجة وبدون مغادرة شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالشارقة المكان من خلال طاقم فني محترف شركة تنظيف بالشارقة صاحب خبرات ومتخصص في مكافحة الحشرات شركة نظافة بدبي بأحدث الطرق والأساليب العلمية

  5. المفروشات من المحتويات شركة تنظيف بالبخار بمكة التي يصعب إزالة ما بداخل أنسجتها شركة مكافحة حشرات بمكة من أتربة وجراثيم ووجود حشرة الفراش بداخلها لذا فإن شركة تنظيف بالبخار بمكة شركة كشف تسريبات مياه بمكة تستخدم البخار بما له من قوة شفط هائلة ودرجات حرارة مرتفعة لشفط الأتربة

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  7. يمكن أن يتم الحفاظ شركة تنظيف بالبخار بجدة على المطعم شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة أو الشقق والمحلات والمنازل من الحشرات من خلال الحفاظ على نظافة تلك الأماكن لأنها من شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة العوامل الأولى التي يجب إتباعها للتخلص من الحشرات ويتم التخلص النهائي من الحشرات من خلال شركة تنظيف شقق بجدة الوقاية بالرش من شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة .