September 30th, 2013

Week in Review, September 30th, 2013

This week, we were quite focused on the attack at Westgate Mall. When it was finally over, the amount of death and destruction was staggering. We pray for continued safety for the RVA students. Here is the poem the Senior Class at RVA wrote about the event:

A Cry to the Heavens

Scattered shoes and broken glass

Strewn on sparkling marble floors,

Sounds of trickling fountains

Drowned out by thunderous gunfire

Exploding from men with dark intentions.

Lives lost in senseless slaughter

Leave the hallways of our hearts empty.

Our spirits are heavy,

Minds full of fear and doubt.

Finding peace in the valley of the shadow of death,

To the Lord we cry out
with every labored breath –
For meaning, answers, forgiveness, hope,

Healing, and REDEMPTION –

Come before tomorrow
for we need light in the darkness,
a darkness wrought with sorrow.

We cry out to the Heavens for

An answer to the madness.

Restore to us the gift of peace,

The promise of life free of fear.

The days go on and on

Healing cannot happen fast,

But through love and strength and unity

The cowardice of evil men will not stand.

We can hope for another day,

A sky filled with joy and not with blackness

And the laughter of children

Will restore our halls to gladness.

It is with love and unity that we pray for all of you who are grieving and shaken by this horrendous act. We stand together with you. You are not forgotten. RVA Class of 2014. Amen

This week, I spent with the Family Medicine resident in an HIV rotation. HIV treatment is well organized in Rwanda-reaching even very remote areas with anti retroviral treatment. We were fortunate that one of the HIV supervisors was based at our hospital for the week. We had a good week, discussing interesting cases and especially thinking about the growing numbers of cases with resistance of the HIV virus to medicines.  Here I am with some of the HIV team.

The HIV rotation, with Dr. Rogers and Dr. Jean de Dieu
The HIV rotation, with Dr. Rogers and Dr. Jean de Dieu

Caleb continues to work on the hydro electric project-with the heavy rains starting he has some concern about the soil under the canal eroding. Here are some pictures of workmen reinforcing the canal.

Reinforcing the canal
Reinforcing the canal

On Sunday, we went over to Rosamund Carr’s Orphanage-actually it’s not an orphanage any longer. The Rwandan government is phasing out orphanages and the orphanage is being changed over to a community development center. We were fortunate enough to be Ros Carr’ s doctors, just before she died at the age of 96. Ros wrote an interesting book about Rwanda, called The Land of a Thousand Hills-it’s a good read. Sarah Jane, Lydia and Moses got to get some drumming action!

Dancing at Imbabazi Orphanage
Dancing at Imbabazi Orphanage
Sarah Jane, Moses and Lydia join the drumming!
Sarah Jane, Moses and Lydia join the drumming!

Interestingly, Ros Carr was born in 1912, the same year as my grandmother, Sara Dargan Williamson, who passed away last Wednesday, at the age of 101! Grandmama was a lovely lady and I am so fortunate to have had her for a grandmother and to have known her so well. It was a bit sad not to be able to be there for her funeral, but we were glad that we saw her this summer. Apparently, they read one of my favorite verses: Romans 8: 38-39:

“For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I am thankful also for the life of Sara Louise King, who was named for her (and my mother), who turned 18 this week. How did my little girl get so grown up? She had to spend a lot of her birthday uploading her scholarship application-poor thing, but she got it off!

In Christ, Louise

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