Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Advent Greetings & Prayers for Congo


Nebo the parrot has met his match!














December 20th, 2016



 Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is upon us!  We continue to be blessed by our missionary community here…you wouldn’t have believed the grandeur of our Thanksgiving feast.




Well yesterday was the long-awaited day for Congo, December 19th, the end of Kabila’s “reign.”  This was the planned election year, however an election was never organized.  It seems that Kabila wanted to change the Constitution to stay in office…apparently this is a common occurrence in African countries.  We continue to pray for a peaceful transfer of power and upcoming election.

We are in throes of “toddlerdom.”  Living with a 2-year old is a bit of a frenzy!  In a 2 minute time period, Emmanuel can be taking ornaments off the tree, throwing the cat,  pumping the “pump soap” all over the floor, drawing chalk scribbles on the cement, taking shoes off, climbing into the back of the car, dragging his airplane all over the place.  We are working on listening, obedience, and rewarding his behavior consistently.  His joy is tangible,
and laughter contagious.  It is fascinating to hear him say phrases for the very first time.  For all of you that work with children overseas, Looney Tunes, is really funny for all ages and crosses language barriers.  We love Chip and Dale, the chipmunks who talk really fast!

Christmas Preparations



Christmas overseas looks different than it does in the United States.  Sweets (cookies, candies, eggnog) are an unknown to people here, and definitely non-essential.  I was talking with a Congolese friend today who was looking forward to eating meat (if possible) and a meal of foo-foo and cassava
Carrying the Christmas tree home
leaves.  A Congolese Mama really wanted me to buy her beans so that she could afford the work on her Christmas dress.  Christmas is more of a time of coming together as family and sharing food and song.  I am hoping to learn some Swahili Christmas carols this year. 

Christmas takes a bit of planning…gifts are either made or purchased a year ahead of time.  It is little things that I look forward to.  I buy butter, a luxury, to make shortbread cookies and will try Norwegian rosettes again this year.  We have a couple of small Christmas trees, an Advent calendar, nice candles, and Christmas bears.  It is always nice to break out my Christmas piano music.  I appreciate the simplicity of Christmas here.  Commercialism has not arrived to Congo.  It is fun to find new traditions as a family and to see Christmas again through the
Joys of decorating the tree

eyes of a child.

We enjoyed celebrating Christmas together with our team of Congolese and ex-patriate team of practitioners.  They are a great bunch.
Junior, Deborah, Tim, Job, Alice, and Faustin

As a family we are blessed and we want to share what we have with others.  I am reminded to give of myself and not store up treasures on earth.  I want to help people live healthier, more stable lives.  We do miss our family and friends back home greatly at the holidays.  We really do appreciate receiving your greetings by mail/email/phone calls.  Thanks in advance for remembering your missionary friends.

Pediatrics and Research
When coming overseas I did not imagine being involved in clinical research.  I have been working with Mayo clinic on a research study looking at systematizing our care of ICU patients.  We are finding a significant difference in morbidity and mortality as we have adopted a new system for completeness of rounding.  The improvements in mortality are especially remarkable for the malnourished population.  It is our hope to share these results that I believe can really improve care of the most vulnerable children in Congo and elsewhere.  It is a reminder that good nutrition is a major factor in survival.

Thank you
We appreciate your emails and support since our last newsletter.  I am reminded often that our work on the field is interdependent.  We really do need your encouragement!

·      Pray for this Congo as we are in uncertain political times.  Pray that unnecessary lives would not be lost.  Pray for a democratic process.  Pray that the reconciliation talks led by the Catholic church would be productive this week.

·      Pray for the world, for Aleppo, for Mosul, for so many places suffering from war and disease.

·      Pray for Samaritan’s Purse deployment of a field hospital to Iraq to respond to the medical needs there.

·      Pray that we would represent Christ well in our medical work and words.  Pray for the various evangelistic campaigns in our area this Christmas, that people would invite Jesus to be part of their lives.

Have a blessed Christmas!  Slow down, smell the evergreens and love well!


Blessings,

Lindsey and Warren Cooper
 
Emmanuel at the market.  I think he found every umbrella, much to the amusement of all the ladies.


A different umbrella
Emmanuel and his friend Jonas










8 comments:

  1. I'm glad to read your update. I had been wondering how you were doing lately. You're all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  2. يقدم لكم توكيل وستنجهاوس فروع مراكز صيانة وايت وستنجهاوس المعتمدة في جميع محافظات مصر حتى تتمكنوا من الوصول الينا بسهولة للحصول على كافة خدمات صيانة وستنجهاوس بأمان تام على يد فريق متخصص من فنيين الصيانة

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  3. بادر بالحصول على اقوى الخصومات على خدمات تنظيف خزانات بمكة المتكاملة و التي تقدمها لكم شركة تنظيف خزانات بمكة المتخصصة من العنود في المملكة العربية السعودية

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  4. تتم خدمات مكافحة الصراصير التي تقدمها الشركة الفرنسية بإستخدام افضل المبيدات الحشرية الفعالة في خدمات مكافحة البق و اي حشرات اخرى للتخلص منها بصورة نهائية

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  5. الآن عن طريق التواصل مع شركة حراسات خاصة الموجودة في مصر ستتمكن من الحصول على خدمات امن وحراسة التي تتم على يد فريق متخصص من افراد الامن

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  6. تتم خدمات صيانة ايس ميكر التي تقدمها كبرى شركات صيانة معدات مطاعم من موقع دليلك على يد فريق متخصص من فنيين الصيانة المدربين على اعلى مستوى

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  7. تعرف الان على افضل الخصومات المختلةف الان التى نقدمة الان على اعلى مستوى ممكن من شركة حراسات خاصة التى نقدمة الان على اعلى مستوى ممكن من شركة امن وحراسة
    المتحصص فى كافة المحافظات وباقل الاسعار الرائعة الان على اعلى مستوى ممكن الان فى مصر من شركة حراسات امنية الان على اعلى مستوى ممكن

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  8. تمتع الان معنا مع افضل المختلفة التى لا احد يقوم بتقديمة الان علت اعلى مستوى ممكن من شركة مكافحة حشرات المتخصص فى كافة انواع القضاء على النمل وكافة الحشرات الان من شركة ابادة الحشرات الان فى مصر وباقل السعار الممكن من افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات


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