Friday, December 7, 2012

Quote of the Day:  “Babies are such a nice way to start people” --  Don Herold 

I got an email from a missionary in a nearby town wanting three more filters for new missionaries arriving from England.  We seem to have established ourselves as the filter providers for all missionaries in our area--which is just fine.  We now have other missionaries helping us place filters, not only with other missionaries, but also with the people they serve.  It's not a huge operation but every filter means another thirty people will not have cholera and the children will not get water-borne diseases.  That is a very good thing.  
Lusi has still not had her baby.  When she left at the end of August, she thought it would come in the next two weeks.  Now, we are pretty sure that she was just five months pregnant when she left and is just now reaching her due date.  Maternity leave here is for three months, with the baby coming after six weeks and then the worker coming back to work after another six weeks.  At least that's how it's supposed to work.  I'm sure our experience with Lusi is not abnormal, and many mothers-to-be get short changed on their maternity leave.  We will continue to pay Lusi until she is ready to come back to work, so she has no pressure from us or the calendar to return.  I only hope she brings the baby with her when she comes back.  I'm sure she will.  She has said she will name it Magesa (my tribal name) if it's a boy, and Karen if it's a girl.  How could we not welcome such a child?  

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