Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Lots of love and Valentines (February 2021)

Valentine's is past and Carnaval ongoing, so we are well into 2021. Here are a few pictures from the last month we'd like to share!

The boys' latest construction--a 2-story hut. Proud construction project manager, Zeke, standing in foreground.

Sleepovers on the second story are so much fun!

Aftermath of a brushfire we fought off with the help of a little water truck and a few friendly neighbors with branches. In dry season, brushfires are a common site here and used mostly to clear ground for cultivation; but these are rare in rainy season. Our area has been unseasonably dry this year, and with strong winds, these fires are dangerous if they get out of control. 

Naomi marveling at a giant stick bug. She claimed it as her pet. Along with 5 tadpoles, 2 moths, and all the mosquitos in the house. We see many fascinating insects in our area all year round.

Enjoying the view at the "Pedreira" with our friends.

Mr. Jose Cabinda leading discussion in a seminar in hospital leadership. We look forward to facilitating more opportunities to help colleagues consider how to lead and how to help the culture of our hospital mature as we face challenges and opportunities together

Standing in what is usually a watering hole at this time of here. We are praying for rain, rain, rain!

An example of the dangers of traditional medicines. This unfortunate woman was receiving treatment for a motorcycle wound with a cow manure mixture by a traditional healer for a couple weeks and was suffering gangrene of this leg when by the time her family decided to come to the hospital. Sadly, her family did not accept amputation as a treatment option so we arranged for her transfer to the provincial hospital in Lubango. We face many challenges with patients who receive these types of traditional treatments. Please pray we will grow in wisdom to communicate compassionately with patients and understand their expectations and barriers to receiving therapy. To many who receive traditional care, a doctor is a purveyor of good AND evil treatment. 

Celebrating time together with another Brazilian-American family, the DeSouzas. They were on their way moving to a bush clinic in Cavango and stopped by for 2 nights of fun walks and games together. Having lived in Lubango the past 2 years, we share in their excitement to serve in a new place! After their visit, Zeke asked why we can't attract other families to join us in Kalukembe. You need not be Brazilian or American--there are many ways you can contribute to the amazing work we witness at Kalukembe! And recently, we've even been able to shower, too!

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