We have devotions every morning at the hospital. On Mondays, Tim and I are part of a group that meets in one of the waiting room areas in the Administration building. This is a multi-disciplinary group of employees, representing nursing staff, administration, housekeeping, human resources, Cure Clubfoot, the OT (OR), and the spiritual department. Someitmes we go through a specific study, and sometimes one of us leads a discussion on a topic of his/her choice.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the departments meet for devotions. I have not been at the hospital recently on a Tuesday or Thursday, so I can’t offer much insight into those meetings, but I know that Tim meets with others from the admin department. Once a month, the admin group leads a devotional time on the Children’s Ward, so the guardians can participate.
Wednesdays and Fridays are highlights – hospital-wide chapel services. Generally, we start with singing – sometimes led by one of the women on staff, sometimes led by our choir. The staff have great voices, fun clapping rhythms, often there is a call-and-response, and I believe it is a foretaste of heaven!
Periodically, throughout my week in Lusaka, I want to pinch myself – I can hardly believe that Tim and I are actually living in Zambia. This occurs occasionally during traffic, seeing the creative manoeuvring that goes on. Sometimes looking at the trees and sky, remembering our premarital counselling 35+ years ago that was actually our minister’s reminisces about his time in Kenya. Sometimes it is at a shop, when I am told that some staple item is “finished” and no-one knows when it will be restocked. But most often, the “pinch me” moments occur during worship – in chapel or church. I am delighted that Tim and I are having this opportunity!!
You, too, can hear the sounds of one of our chapel services, recorded on a staff member’s camera (not great sound quality) by clicking on this link: