Kids!

Many of you have asked for more pictures of the children that are seen here at the Beit Cure Hospital.  Thursday was the day!

I went into the children’s ward with Na, part of the Spiritual Team (she is married to Harold, the Spiritual Director).  We spoke with several of the guardians (adult caretakers of the children – mothers or fathers or older siblings, uncles or aunts – each family sends whoever can best be spared from home, or whoever can best care for the child – sometimes changing places during the child’s hospital stay) and two of the older children.  About half spoke English well enough for me to join the conversation – for the rest, Na spoke to them in their own language.

On the left is a picture of twin boys.  They are about 6 weeks old.  The little guy on the bottom of the picture has spina bifida, and had surgery last week.  His twin brother,  on the top of the picture, is unaffected.  They are the 2nd set of twins (& the  6th & 7th baby for their mother!)

This picture is of a little boy who came in to the hospital with a club foot.  He had been seen at other hospitals, but had not received treatment until he came to the Beit Cure Hospital in Zambia.  His father told me that he is very happy with the care they received at our hospital – which is always nice to hear!  He is smiling because he is being discharged today – he and his father are delighted to be going home!

This fellow had surgery on his right leg – I’m not sure what procedure he had.  When Na asked his mother if I could take a picture, she agreed, and she changed her blouse for the picture!  The hospital has each guardian sign a form that we can take pictures of the children – but I did not want to overstep those boundaries, so I edited the mother out!  You can just see the lovely fabric of her blouse on the left of the picture.

This baby has spina bifida -she was admitted for surgery last week, but had to wait to go to the OT (why is the above blue? – how to fix?!) until the hospital received some units of blood for transfusion during the surgery – I was happy to see that she finally had the surgery.  Her mother speaks no English, and was happy to pose her baby for a photo, but did not want to talk, even through Na, who could translate.

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UN Zambia Day Celebration

On Friday morning, after chapel, Tim’s administrative assistant asked me what my plans were.  I replied that I had planned on going to the children’s ward to hang out and try totake some pictures, but that nothing special was organized.  She invited me to go with her to her daughter’s school for their parade and speeches. This coming Wednesday, October 24, is Zambia’s Independence Day – celebrating the 48th anniversary of independence.  It is also UN Day – the date for Independence Day was specifically chosen to coincide with UN Day.  Businesses are all closed (including the hospital) that day, and this week is the school’s mid-term break, so they celebrate on the Friday before.  Of course, I agreed to attend with her – and thanked her for inviting me!
We were a bit late (an hour!) arriving at the school, but were still able to see her daughter lining up to march into the building. We greeted her, then scooted inside the auditorium.  It was 92 degrees, the place was packed, and there was lots of energy flowing!  Parents (including people in formal business attire – suits!), younger siblings, grandparents, honored guests all in folding chairs watching the nations parade in.  The band was up on the stage, playing throughout the parade, looking very official.  Each country was represented by 2 flag-bearers, & whichever students were from that country.  There were a lot of countries represented, but Zambia had the most children marching behind her flag.Spirits are high, right now, in Zambia because of the recent football victory – EVERYONE wanted to be Zambian!!There were several speakers, including the Headmaster, who related the breakfast discussion that day – he is from Wales, his wife is from Britain, and they attend school in Zambia – which country would their children represent?  His wife won – the kids were traditional dress from the UK (I missed it – wonder what that was?!), but he draped a Welsh flag over the podium, while he spoke, so his country would be represented, too!
Next there were dances – from India, Greece, China, Zambia, rap & a hoe-down!!  Very intent faces, concentrating on each step – so much fun to watch, but hard to take a picture.  I did not want to stand and block a parent’s view, so the pictures I took were between others’ heads!  Here are a few pictures of the kids lining up –

The Adventure Begins!

It all started 36 years ago, when we attended IVCF’s Urbana Missions Conference as undergrads.  At the New Year’s Eve service at Urbana, we both stood up and pledged that we would go anywhere, anytime God called us.

We went back to college, graduated and married about 2 years later.  Careers, raising our sons, missions committees, and short-term missions trips filled our time and satisfied our interest in missions until recently.  After a successful career, Tim began wondering what he could do that would have eternal significance.

A good friend of ours introduced us to CURE International, and when a position opened in Zambia, it looked like a good fit.   So – in October 2012, we headed to Zambia!!

We are renting our house to friends from our church in VT, and we have rented a flat in Lusaka, Zambia.

 Our house in Vermont Our new flat in Zambia

Our adventure began 6 days ago!