Friday, May 18, 2012

Food, Fun, Fellowship at CURE Niger

 Love must be sincere. 
Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. 
Honor one another above yourselves. 
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Share with God's people who are in need.
Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.
Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone....
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:9-18, 21 NIV
Issafou and Omar...they take such good care of us at CURE Niger!

Sweet chefs!

Patiently waiting for the lunch to be served!

Male nurses from the Pavillon (Ward)

Beautiful CURE staff  

The guys' table....
Our gracious host Issafou...always smiling!
We celebrated together on the day before I left with a special lunch of pentades (type of chicken...more meaty than the usual local chickens), rice, french bread (baguette), veggies and for a special treat....sodas!! 

What can I say, but I love these dear ones?! It is such a joy for Paul and I to show a little love to the staff. May the light of the Lord Jesus Christ shine....shine....shine!!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Special Patients and Friends

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Matthew 9:35-39

Coming to CURE for healing of burn contractures and receiving God's love and care

So many weeks and months of treatments...slow but sure....healing is taking place on my friend G's body and his little heart too.....taught him Deep and Wide with actions....which are good physical therapy and theology.....God's love is deep and wide!
This dear fellow was so brave with his extensive abscessed tooth made a fistula into nose and was a very long operation to try and close the fistula and reconstruct his nasal passage and palate!  (note to self....BRUSH YOUR TEETH!)
This little girl was returning for daily wound care post operatively for her cleft lip and palate. What rich opportunities we have at CURE to show the love of God in all that we do for our patients!
 It is always amazing how three weeks at CURE Niger flies by....yet, what wonderful relationships we make with the children and caregivers. It is what Africa is all about, relationships....encountering people, sharing resources, showing the love of Jesus and being generous with smiles, hugs and songs! We can see how little by little God is supplying the workers for the harvest in Niger. He is faithful...just as he promised!  More pictures to come in the days ahead. Please pray that the children would come to know the One who made them. The harvest is plentiful...!