Thursday, November 7, 2013

Forever Friends

Bonding in the OR

I am sitting in the airport lounge in Paris writing this little blog. As I checked my email, I see that I will be picked up at the airport by my dear sister in the LORD Angele. We have such a good time together serving the dear little ones and mentoring the nurses. Angele loves the LORD so much and it is infectious! I cannot wait to hear all the news, to go on rounds in the morning and hold the little ones in my arms.  The birth rate in Niger is very high. I have heard that he average number of live births per woman is 7!!! Wow...that's a lot of babies to love! Consequently, many of the nursing staff are either pregnant or just delivered a baby. As the oldest one at the hospital, I am the 'grandmaman' to all of them. Angele has a high honor.  She is regularly asked to name babies or attend baby baptisms....even the Muslim people have a ceremony called baby baptism. I have heard several explanations of this ceremony. Apparently the baby's name is given at this ceremony. Often a favored relative or close friend is asked to give a name for the little one. Angele has named quite a few babies. She usually picks Bible names that have strong meanings.
Please pray for Angele today as she carries much influence within the hospital and community. Pray that she would have wisdom and direction for her next step upon completion of her contract with CURE in January 2014. Pray for favor in finding her next posting!
Paul and I would love to see Angele come for a visit to Kentucky. She is interested in visiting the USA to practice and improve her Kentucky?? Haha!
Angele is one of those forever friends!!! This may be the last visit to Niger where I get to work with her but I have a feeling we will cross paths again and again.

And the King will say, I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me. Matthew 25:40

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