The Week in Review January 23-30, 2010
Sunday, Caleb preached at the English service on Deut. 30. Lydia and I read the lessons. Had more than our usual share of visitors, which is plentiful even on an off Sunday. Had some gratifying visits for people wanting to thank us for their help: a grandmother bringing her orphaned granddaughter who had been getting our dairy goats’ milk for almost a year-as her mother
died shortly after childbirth. One student brought us beans and corn to thank us for helping him to study in school and two sisters brought me pineapples and beans to thank us for helping one of the sisters build a house through the Houses with Hope project.
Gave some money for a little girl to see the ophthalmologist in Gisenyi.
Also on Sunday-we received a call from Sara that she was in the infirmary with swine flu! Along with 50 other students at RVA. We prayed for her speedy recovery.
Monday: A long day, with some last minute preparations for our quarterly Performance Based Financing evaluation, where we are evaluated on clinical and administrative performance, with some financial incentives. We got a late start to Kigali to take my parents, who had a flight out Tuesday
Tuesday: Up early in Kigali-sad goodbye to my parents, and stopped first in Ruhengeri for a trial, part of the seemingly never ending process of convicting the corrupt former director of the hydropower project. He stole money on the order of $100,000. Thankfully the trial went well. We are praying the whole process is over soon.
After the trial, we went to a PEPFAR (Pres. Emerg. Program For AIDS Relief) at our District Office-in the spirit of coordinating care across different NGOs. After that we were back in Shyira, for the last part of PBF. We got 88%, which we were pleased with, and were very grateful for the hard work everyone put itn.
We also hear from Hannah that she also has the swine flu! There are so many kids in the infirmary that they basically have turned her dorm into an auxiliary infirmary.
Wednesday: Heather, our excellent medical student from Arkansas, gave a good presentation on retinoblastoma. She said good bye to the hospital staff. That night we have “family worship” with some of the other short term missionaries
Thursday: The school term starts next week, so we are starting to see the children whom we help support, including the 2 deaf children who go to
special school. Heather leaves, and takes with her one of our HIV patients, who needs a Bone Marrow biops in Kigali. It goes more or less well, and the patient comes back late that night. I also give some chemotherapy to one of our patients with Kaposi’s Sarcoma. Our supply is getting a bit low-need to see about getting more.
Friday: Caleb has Comite de Gestion (management committee). It lasts a mere 8 hours-lots of things to discuss, including where to put some new computers (thanks to Caroline von Althann who helped raise money for them), what to do with people who take too long on “missions” , how to repair the broken ambulance, employee evaluations, how to get a better internet connection at the hospital, where to put the laundry and morgue, which will be displaced when the new OR is built, maternity leave policy, the head of nutrition who seems in fact to have been embezzling food/money, and so on and so forth.
I also see one of my favorite patients, Sirikari, who is on his next to last round of chemo for lymphoma. Seshiku, the elderly man featured in previous blog, gets his crutches and will get out of traction. He asks me if I’ll be there Monday, as he wants to give me something.
Saturday: Quick rounds in the hospital, and then a coffee break with Caleb. Overall, a relaxing day. Enjoy talking with Emily, our new home school teacher and hearing some cute anecdotes about the children. God is good.
Addendum: As you can see from this week’s blog-there are lots of needs here, and we are grateful for donations that allow us to respond to these needs. We pray for wisdom about how to help people in a Godly way, and that somehow through our help, they will come to know the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you would like us to help people, like the patients who get chemotherapy, deaf students who go to special school, or help orphaned and needy children go to school, feel free to send a donation to DOCS, earmarked for Kings/Rwanda
DOCS (earmarked Kings/Rwanda)
PO Box 24597
St. Simon’s Island, GA 31522
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