Friday, August 18, 2017

Feline, Festivities, 'Formation' and Friday Feasts

Feline: Hazel is a sweet puppy with the family and friends but she can be a very fierce guard dog when she needs to be! Näiva loves her pets! Hazel decided a relaxing pose would be appropriate for Facebook and the blog!
Festivities: Happy 16th Birthday to Maïka!!
'Formation' is French for training-today we had training in CPR
Formation: Scrub tech and surgeon practice resuscitation together

Friday Feast: After a long week of surgery and CPR training session Dr. Negrini treated us to brochettes and baguettes

 It has been a full first week at the hospital and today my post is a few pictures featuring Thursday's birthday celebration for Maïka and the Friday activities at the hospital.  We began the day with a wonderful time of singing and praising the LORD for His goodness this week. It is such a gift to be here!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Simply Trusting

It is very wonderful to keep returning to CURE Hôpital des Enfants au Niger! There are always many people to see, things to do and places within the community to visit. Last evening I had dinner with a dear friend and we discussed many things concerning our lives over the years. A theme was trusting in the LORD to guide, provide and care for our various needs and those around us.  As I went to bed, I was humming this hymn. When I awoke this morning, this hymn was still on my heart and on my lips......

Trust Him When Thy Wants Are Many

Trust Him when thy wants are many
Trust Him when thy friends are few
And the time of swift temptation
Is the time to trust Him too!

Trust Him when thy soul is burdened
With the sense of all its sin
He will speak the word of pardon
He will make thee clean within

Trust Him for the 'grace sufficient'
Ever equal to thy need
Trust Him always for the answer
When in His dear name you plead

Trust Him for the grace to conquer 
He is able to subdue
Trust Him for the power for service
Trust Him for the blessing too.

Trust Him when the dark doubts assail thee
Trust Him when they strength is small
Trust Him when to simply trust Him
Seems the hardest thing of all

Trust Him! He is ever faithful
Trust Him for His will is best
Trust Him for the heart of Jesus
Is the only place of rest.

Trust Him, when through clouds or sunshine
All thy cares upon Him cast
Till the storm of life is over
And the trusting days are past.

Lucy A. Bennett (1850-1927) 
Public Domain

This dear Maman is carrying her child who has received corrective surgery and is relearning to walk. There is another baby on her back and who knows how many at home!? Trusting for our patients' healing!
These kiddies are so happy to have knitted hats from Boca Raton Bible Chapel...even in the heat! Their clothes are in tatters! So glad that each of the children could receive something! Trusting for our patients' material needs!

This dear baby Jean is usually smiling but malaria has him down in the dumps. Maman Maureen is more than happy to cuddle and snuggle with him. Picture taken is better today! PTL! Trusting for healing from malaria!

One of our patients is from Sierra is quite amusing to hear her talking to me in English!! Trusting for our long stay patients who are away from family, friends and all that is familiar!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The beginning of a new visit to Niger- A Song of Consecration by Frances Brook

My God is God Himself

My goal is God Himself not joy, nor peace
nor even blessing but Himself, my God
'Tis His to lead me there, not mine but His--
At any cost dear Lord any road.
So faith bounds forward to its goal in God
And love can trust her Lord to lead her there
Upheld by Him, my soul is following hard
Till God Hath fulfilled by deepest prayer.
No matter if the way be sometimes dark
No matter though the cost be ofttimes great 
He knoweth how I best shall reach the mark
the way that leads to Him must needs be strait.
One thing I know, I cannot say Him nay,
One thing I do, I press towards my LORD
My God my glory here from day to day
And in the glory there my Great Reward. 
Nearly 7 years ago, I had the privilege of being invited as a Nurse Consultant to CURE Hôpital des Enfants au Niger!

It is an awesome privilege to return again and again to this wonderful country of Niger. It often ranks as one of the worst places in the world for infants and women yet there is so much hope and incredible courage in the dear people. It is going to be another opportunity for me to learn, to grow and to encourage my dear colleagues and patients. Thank you to those who are keeping an eye on my activities and praying for the work here (& me). To God be all Glory!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Trials and tribulations.....Fruitfulness from seeming failures.

Burnt brush

Burnt brush with new grasses growing
Last weekend as we took a two hour hike in the bush, we saw acre upon acre as far as the eye could see of burnt ground. With a closer look, there were little green sprouts of new growth beginning. When I asked the guide about this I was told that the brush is purposefully burned to allow new grasses and vegetation for the animals to eat. Also the burnt grasses may be used by poachers to expose animals. I was reminded of some important spiritual lessons.

#1.  Beauty may come from ashes
#2. New growth may only come after a painful burning away of the old things
#3. The Evil one is seeking to destroy

And provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. 
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.  Isaiah 61:3

See, I have refined you, though not as silver, I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. Isaiah 48:10

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

This adventure with Beit CURE Zambia has been quite an experience.....
  • joys and sorrows
  • tears and laughter
  • life and death
  • work and rest
  • teaching and learning
  • loneliness and fellowship.... 
  • all part of the refining God be the glory, great things He has done!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Prayertimes

This summer around 8 women faithfully prayed on Tuesday nights in our living room. It was spiritual warfare and each of us who prayed have tough stuff going on in our lives. Things that one cannot share on FaceBook or a blog post or even out loud to your best friends. Work, family, marriage, ministry, financial issues that do not resolve in the the way or time we expect.  It has been a sweet journey of personal transformation as we learned to bring God to our problems rather than our problems to God. We all learned the mighty power, passion and personal love God has for each one of our situations.  These precious prayer times have been joyful to our little band of prayer warriors!

Each one of us came with praise, thanksgiving, confessions and requests for our Heavenly Father. We didn't discuss, announce or rehash the requests. Instead, we began with singing hymns, praising was a stretch for some of us to learn 'new to us'-old hymns. Then we knelt, stood, or sat to pray! Wow! It was a very powerful and transforming time for each of us. Our God is real, alive and full of grace and mercy. His ways and timing are perfect. Did all our requests get answered with YES? No! Did we get unexpected answers? YES?  Each one of us grew in our trust of our loving God who cares for each detail of our lives. God is so good!!
Thank you Summer 2016 praying sisters. Those who attended and those who could not come....thank you for joining your heartfelt prayers with the group.

In a few days, I will be leaving for Zambia. It will be my 7th or 8th overseas trip this year. The LORD has sustained me through these travels and I praise Him for His care, provision and grace.
Hope to be a better blogger on this journey. Perhaps I may even be able to tell you about the faith journey that the LORD has me traveling on these days!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Monday at CURE Niger

Monday morning drive to work was cool (for Niger) and dusty. We zipped along the new road that follows the power lines.

This young fellow had a cart with bottles of petrol  (I think for the motorcycles).

My little buddy Leon was heading to school as we were heading to the hospital. Everyone likes to cuddle something.

Coloring the picture of the GOOD SHEPHERD!

Yellow is nice!
Monday was a great start to my brief one week visit here at the children's hospital. There is always a warm welcome from the patients and staff. I feel very much at home here.  This week my theme is: Who is Jesus Christ?  The first Bible story was the parable of the lost sheep. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He is our guide, the one who cares for us, finds us and more than that Jesus gave His life for His sheep.....His people. The Shepherd is also the lamb of sacrifice.  How strange, yet such wonderful news that there is a way to have one's sins forgiven by the Good Shepherd and Lamb of in the same. It boggles the mind yet brings great hope for those who are lost, lonely,  looking for hope. Jesus Christ, God incarnate loves me so much that He died in my place to pay for my sins....and yours. Have you received this great gift?

I am the good shepherd. 
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 10:11