Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October Birthday Celebrations

October 11, 2016

Greetings and happy fall from Nyankunde!  Our BIG news these past few weeks is that we have a new baby African grey parrot named Nebo.  Emmanuel is having lots of fun playing with him and learning how to feed him.  

True Religion
I was so encouraged by one of my Congolese brothers last week who works in partnership with the health center.  I shared previously about a young girl named Neema, age 3, with tuberculosis who is walking for the first time.  She was discharged from the hospital 2 weeks ago and has been followed by a community health worker on a regular basis.  We have been ensuring that the family has food to eat, a dry place to lay their heads, and are taking their medications.  This is truly a vulnerable family, a widow and her daughter who is severely visually impaired with her children.  They have essentially little to no resources. 

My Congolese brother has offered to share one of his fields for this family to cultivate, as well as room to build a modest dwelling.  It is so encouraging to see a national make this sacrifice for someone who can’t do anything to repay them.  It is the Lord who sees such actions and will bring blessings a 100-fold for our modest investments.  This is true religion, to share with those in need and to help widows in their distress.  This is quite possibly one of the greatest highlights of my time here at Nyankunde…to see a family get back on their feet and to see people love each other so deeply from the heart and in doing so, love Jesus.  If the world would really take this commandment seriously, so many problems would be solved. 

James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted from the world.”

Celebrating Birthdays
Just in time for our birthdays (yes, we share the same day) my husband has completed an amazing tree house in a nearby mango tree.  It is essentially a big deck up in a tree with shade underneath.  He even installed a table and light up in the tree for hosting treehouse meals. There will be a railing all the way around it to keep kids safe.  He is a bit of an engineer/architect and is able to see design in the world around him. I am so grateful for his gifts and industrious spirit to make everything just a little nicer around him.  We hosted a birthday party in our treehouse for six Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) missionaries who have birthdays within a week of one another.  It was a good excuse to celebrate fall as well with mango pie, pumpkin cake, and spicy chili!  I am finding that I do miss the seasons, especially the colors and cool nights of fall.  I received two guinea fowl for my birthday from Warren, now added to our collection of outdoor chickens.  It remains to be seen whether they will “fly the coop.”  This was truly a unique birthday gift!

Our family is headed to Uganda with one of the other doctors, for a few days of rest, enjoying nature, and to make some necessary purchases for the hospital.  It has been a busy season and the best way to get a break is to leave Nyankunde.  Stay tuned for the fun and exciting adventures, maybe some zebras and giraffes!

-Pray for our short vacation in Uganda, that it would be restful and an encouraging time as a family.

-Please pray for peace in the Congo, as we are supposed to have an election for President on December 19th.  There has been a lot of violence in Kinshasa, as the election proceedings have been far from planned.

-Pray for our son Emmanuel to make great progress in his language acquisition (English, Swahili, and French).

-Pray that we would meet the spiritual needs of our patients.

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Lindsey for the Coopers