Monday, June 27, 2011

What is the model and year of this fine tractor?

Some wildlife along the way.

On the way down the mountain we also passed through abundant, rich, fertile farming land.

Coming back down the mountain we shared the remaining tea and coffee with the men and women who were working.
It was a delightful surprise for them as well.
We seen many men and women using picks and other tools to break up rocks. Hard work. I think the smaller they can make the rocks the more value they are worth to sell.

Some of the beauty along the way.
We passed through some small towns.

What is this? Provisions of tea and coffee at the top of the mountain? Alanie was completely amazed at such a treat from the Gurkas.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The heart warming and heart challenging work goes on here.
Osman is an eight year old boy that came to us at the beginning of the outreach. He fell from a tree when he was approximately five years of age and broke his leg. His parents believing that the very best they could do for their son was to bring him to traditional healers. The traditional healers placed hot leaves on Osman's leg burning his leg and thus causing his leg to contracture leaving Osman's leg useless to him. He hobbled on the ship with a small crutch and a broad grin. He came to the outpatients department for dressing changes for the open wounds on his leg our goal was that the wounds would heal enough for Dr. Teritus Venter,a plastic surgeon, to operate to release the contractured leg in hopes that Osman could walk again.
His family lived miles from the ship so we showed Osman's father how to do the dressing and sent them home for three weeks at a time with dressing supplies. Each time Osman and his dad returned to the ship we noticed an improvement in the wounds on his leg. Dr. Teritus arrived on the ship in June and assessed Osman's leg he decided Osman would be a good candidate for a surgery releasing the burn contracture. Osman received his surgery with complications a few days later of an arterial bleed. Doctors rushed him back to surgery for vascular surgery in hopes that his leg could be saved. The next few days were an emotional roller coaster for his family and staff who were taking care of heroic little Osman. Throughout this time Osman's family only had thanks to give for the care he received. By Saturday it was decided by the doctors to remove Osman's leg he went back to surgery and his leg was amputated above the knee. Before going back to the operating room his dad had tears in his eyes and Osman said "Daddy, have courage." Osman's smiling face is now on the ward doing well. One of his primary nurses broke down and wondered what the Lord's purpose in all this has been? Why would He send this family to the ship with such hopes of healing and that their son would walk again only in the end to have his leg amputated?
A side note Dr. Teritus has a web site that many of you may find very interesting.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The hike up the red roads.

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God; to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God; to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander,
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;

But when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
sent him to die-I scarce can take it in
that on the cross, our burden gladly bearing,
he bled and died to take away our sin;

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
and take me home-what joy shall fi1l my heart!
Then shall I bow in humble adoration,
and there proclaim: My God, how great thou art!

Some sights along the way up walking through back yards meeting these boys who were
collecting grass for their goats.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Lion Mountain

Starting off on a walk up "Lion Mountain" on the morning of May 28, 2011.
Lok, Alanie, Tek, Durga, and Hettie.
The camera was just adjusting to coming off the cool ship into warmth of the African day.