I've been trying to post these next 2 blogs for a good 7 hours now. The picture below is a great demonstration of how I feel about internet speeds here.
I began feeling impatient about it and prayed over the internet speeds, that God would open up an IP address for me long enough to post these blogs for our families back home. (I prayed for other things too..) Praise God! It didn't take 60 seconds before things were suddenly loading. He has freed things up and I am able to post tonight!! I did not feel ashamed to pray about this... because God wants us to bring everything to Him.. even something as silly as our desires for fast enough speeds for uploading blogs.)
I spent the day resting while the team split up between the hospital and the orphanage. At the hospital, a group wired some new electric lines. Originally, the operating room was running off about 1/3 the power they really needed. The a/c rarely worked, the power would flicker or completely go out in the middle of surgeries. Yesterday, the surgeons were able to work without breaking a sweat for the first time since we've been here.
At the orphanage, people spent time with the kids and held medical clinics to check on the health of the kids. Sadly, I was unable to see the sewing house. Bonnie has taught many of the women at the orphanage to sew. Yesterday there was a closing ceremony, and the doctors were presented with surgical hats and masks made in the sewing facility there at the orphanage.
There was also a party at the hospital for us last night. There was food, worship, dancing and fellowship. It was dark before the party really got started. On a personal note, sitting among the dancers felt absolutely awesome, and I'm excited to say I got some fun video footage of some of their performance. These people are so on fire for God. They were so thankful for us coming and being a part of God's plan for their healing. Saying goodbye to the patients, nurses, and doctors that I had been photographing, praying with, and sometimes just sitting with while they waited… was hard. Preparing for this trip took a lot of effort and sacrifice by myself and my family, but I can't imagine not coming back here to this hospital.
Serving dinner to the hospital patients and families
Patients and families of patients waiting in line for dinner
OBLIGATORY Cute Kid Photo of the Day
-- Meet Devotion (Yes... that is her name. This girl has SPUNK.)
Praises that the majority of us are well again. We are wearing down and still have the orphanage in Seeta to visit and serve. Pray for God's strength and endurance to cover us in these last days of our journey. Praises for the safety of the homes of the team members who live in the Black Forest area. As far as we know, they've all been spared.