physicians and continue to do so this week. We have been focusing on the fact that patient care and decontamination is always done in pairs, one that can directly check and assist the other. We saw first hand that the people who did the best at this skill were those who collaborated and learned from each other well. It took the others considerably more time to perform the skill with more mistakes, some of them crucial. It was encouraging to them to realize that they would never be alone when asked to care for a patient in isolation.
There is a Biblical lesson in all of this. The first lesson is that we need each other. Everyone is important. Everyone. We need others to see our blind sides, and to protect us. There are dangers all around us; if we recognized them all we would rarely leave the house! Ebola is a very serious disease, and one in which it is necessary to take every infection control measure to prevent contracting or spreading it. The spiritual parallels are profound from spiritual warfare, to discipleship, to marriage, to accountability with others. There is an enemy. This enemy seeks to undermine us, to break down our relationship with God and others. When we are out of communion with others who can help and keep us accountable, we can start to make serious mistakes. I am learning that our partner is just as important as the personal protective equipment that we are wearing. Oh how we need to value one another highly.
Emmanuel's 4th Birthday
We celebrated by doing one of
his favorite activities, going for an airplane ride! We sang and ate coconut cake in the plane over eastern Congo. Our friend Chad said that it was his first in-flight birthday party. Then over the weekend we had a birthday party at the house with a water theme. The kids painted things that live in the water. Some of the Congolese kids were not so familiar with things other than fish, so we had some plastic examples to copy. Then we swam, fished out sunken fish toys, threw water balloons, and slid down the slip and slide. There was a lot of activity going on! It is a blessing to be part of a larger missionary and village community. Emmanuel has a rich childhood. We are so grateful to God for the gift that he is to us.
-Pray for the control of ebola in eastern Congo. Pray against fear that keeps people from seeking care and infecting others.
-Pray for the witness of Nyankunde Hospital, that we would be faithful witnesses of the Word of God.
-Pray for Emmanuel as he starts preschool again next week.