Thursday, September 2, 2010
The doctors operated on Shaban's wife last night. They were able to save her but unable to save the baby who only lived for three hours. Miriam (Shaban's wife) is in a lot of pain but is going to make it. She had the same problem that killed Charlini's mother, Graci. Shaban is pretty upset, as you might expect. I don't know when we will see him again but probably not until next Monday at the earliest. We are not familiar with Muslim traditions regarding the death of a baby, so we just don't know what is going to happen. Got the school fee money to the evangelist in Bible college today and helped Bwana Masele buy a bicycle so he can work here helping Karen in the school on a regular basis. We have some money for the orphans he works with, and he is putting together a wish list for how to spend the money. I suspect a lot of it will go to school uniforms. Being one of the only kids in school without a uniform makes school a lot harder for the orphans. Kids can be pretty cruel to one another, so this should help their education a lot. They also need food, so this comes as a great blessing to those who are taking care of them. Karen is sick again and the doctor is coming. He was out in a remote village, so we are expecting him later in the day. Karen may have dysentery again which is very common here. Keep her in your prayers.