Saturday, March 09, 2013

Esther, Rob and a week at Chiulo

Rob and Esther Reich, sogros

It's amazing enough when family comes from far away to visit! Solomon wrote, “Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.” But Rob and Esther Reich did not just come to visit us last month; they came to see Kalukembe and dream with us about possibilities of working, living and serving together there. In the short week we had together, we worked on the wards, performed operations, consulted on patients in clinic (Rob provided key HIV insights), attended the big annual IESA service (lots of church chutzpah, very little gospel speech), and passed our free time with long walks and talks.  We hope they had ample time to observe, question and process and then repeat that cycle again. 

Rob is a physician assistant and Esther a nurse, both who work at Esperanza health center in North Philadelphia. They already have much experience in community health and ministry; speak fluent Spanish (just a small jump from Portuguese); love the Lord and love caring for others; are simpatico; and are family (we'd more likely have an 'iron sharpening iron' experience; or, they'd just tell us when we're off the deep end). Looks great! Sign them up! . . . well, we know there are things to still ponder and pray about for them. God knows the desire of our hearts is to serve together with them at Kalukembe; but wherever they are and will be, we feel blessed to know them and to see their life stories be played out. Thanks again for coming, and a big thanks to Elias and Sammy for letting your parents come visit!
On a walk in Kalukembe.
Same, sad tune. Very few medications at Kalukembe.

On another subject, Daniel went back to Chiulo hospital for a week to fill the void of no physicians last week. Zach Rossfeld, a 4th year medical student from Ohio State University came along to help and posted a really thoughtful blog entry, which you can access by clicking here

Zach Rossfeld, in front of the HIV/AIDS outpatient clinic/container at Chiulo

This upcoming week, we have plans to go north to Huambo for Priscila to give a fistula talk and then back south to Chiulo with Dr.s Chan and Chen to keep helping out there until the new doctors are to arrive on the 19th. More to follow!


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