Thursday, July 2, 2015

“A new day: Be open enough to see opportunities. Be wise enough to be grateful. Be courageous enough to be happy.” ― Steve Maraboli

The worst is over, so I am happy if exhausted today.  The doctor came by last night to give me an injection.  He was late because he had just taken a two-year-old to the hospital for a complete transfusion (malaria).  Since the malaria parasites destroy red blood cells, if treatment isn’t gotten early, all the red cells will be destroyed and the body will have no way to get oxygen.  Death is like suffocation and can only be prevented by a complete blood transfusion.  The problem is that people can’t afford the clinic, so they wait till it’s almost too late (and sometimes is fatally too late) to get help.  So sad that in such a poor country that not having even two dollars American will keep a child from getting medical help and then dying.  After seeing me, the doctor sat down with John as John showed him all the stuff the new medical records program will do for him.  They are meeting on Friday at the clinic for John to get a better idea of exactly what the doctor needs.  If it works as expected, then this will get bigger and expand all over the rural medical community.  God only works in mysterious ways from our perspective, not from His.  Some missionary friends of ours working near Arusha are having to leave the mission field and return to America following the deaths of first the wife’s father and then two months later, the husband’s.  They will be going back to California to deal with family problems and will be sorely missed by all who know them here.  They, Forrest and Purity Haskins, were terrific missionaries and role models for us.  I learned a lot from Forrest and admire him a lot.  He wanted to be a father very badly when we first met ten years ago and now has two beautiful children, a boy and a girl, who are blessed to have such a wonderful father and an incredible mother.  We wish them all the best and pray God’s blessings on them and their family as they travel and adjust to living back in the U.S.  John is in Musoma today trying to sort out problems with the new solar systems.  It seems the batteries provided don’t hold enough charge to do everything promised, so John is having to reprogram them to do things using less power.  I am simply in awe of all that he is doing and has done here.  Back in 1990, we were told he would never graduate from high school and might have to be institutionalized.  Obviously, God had other plans for him as he was an honor graduate from high school and has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas.  He came to visit for a week nine years ago and has never left—much to our delight.  We are indeed blessed and thankful.  I am so very proud of all three of my sons and the kind of men they are—mostly thanks to their mother, but I still take some of the credit.    
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