Sunday, November 27, 2016

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi

I am home for a few days until next Wednesday when I go back for surgery.  A specialist, Dr. Mpalumbe, is coming to do the surgery first thing Thursday morning.  If all goes well, I will be back in Bunda the following Monday.  Things have not been going swimmingly.  It was difficult to find the hospital (not like hospitals in the first world, more of an old building remade into a hospital with paint peeling off the walls and windows open to the outside).  We started our journey by picking up my doctor here in Bunda who insisted on going with me.  We had to dodge vervet monkeys and baboons to get to his house (we do live in the African bush).  Once we got to Mwanza, we had to drive on dirt roads that got narrower and narrower until we were stopped behind a small truck that had gotten stuck.  We were there for an hour as both Shaban and Dr. Chris helped get the truck going again.  The entrance to the hospital you can see in the picture at the right.  After the camera crew went in (the light was the biggest thing and really hurt as the medication hadn’t started working yet), the results were good in that we now knew what had to be done.  I spent another night there in a hotel so Dr. Chris could monitor my recovery which was a good thing as he had to do some emergency work there.  I have no idea what the hotel will think of the bloody towels and sheets we left behind.  Then back to Bunda.  Things were all right for a while but around four this morning, I had an emergency and one of our workers (all of our workers are so much more than that), Francis, rode his bicycle in the dark to get the doctor from his house (Dr. Chris turns off his phone at night).  He came quickly and got things back to near normal for now.  He is going back with me next Wednesday to make sure they treat me properly.  We have already raised $3,000 of the $4,000 we need and have high hopes that will come in in the next few days.  People have been so wonderful.  This particular problem has been one of the most painful in my life, but pain teaches so many things, and I still have a lot to learn.  I have learned how many people care about me and our mission and that has filled me with hope and enthusiasm for the future and my work here.  When you answer God’s call, you don’t make conditions and deal the obstacles as they arise.  We don’t only do mission when it’s convenient and painless for us.  We do mission because not to do it is not be a follower of Christ.  Picking up that cross is a necessary thing.  If you haven’t done it, get ready.  When the time comes, you must.  Remember that Christ is always with you and you will be supported and encouraged by the saints (strugglers for Christ) that surround you—as I am.  God bless each of you who struggles to be the best Christian you can be.
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