Today Brandon and I (jme) Went into a village on home visits. We went with Cindy, who is in this picture. Cindy lives in the village and works for a ngo (non govt organization) in the town. She is a trained nurse. They have a health clinic, deliver food, help people get to dr visits, offer their facilities for the local school, and much more. I am inspired by Cindy’s story. When she was 15, her grandmother was 89 and very sick. She was the only one her grandmother had and she cared for her.
People around her kept commenting on how well she was able to care for her grandmother. She said she wanted to know how to care for her people better. She wanted to know exactly which medicine would help and what it would do. So she went to nursing school. Now she cares for people in her own neighborhood. She tangibly shows the love of God to people right where she lives. She had a gift from God in caring for people but she also put in the hard work and sacrifice to get practical skills and training. She walks the mountains of her village and everyone trusts her and loves her.
I believe God has our family on this journey to bring the love of God and medical care to people that couldn’t get it in their local hospital. But I’m so challenged by Cindy and her colleagues that use their gifts right where they are as well. She is there to see when they struggle and walks them through each day and can celebrate when they recover. She puts in the time and sweat to develop relationships that are much deeper than “hello, how are you.”
I can’t help but think of my friends who are using their gifts right where God has them. Two of my closest friends in Oklahoma are named Cindy too. And they also love on people around them and use their gifts where God has them. All three Cindy’s haven’t met a stranger and their smiles are contagious. If you are pregnant with a girl, may I suggest the name Cindy!!
thank you so much for praying for us. We leave Thursday for Durban, South Africa. The ship is in Durban doing maintenance on dry dock. Since we have kids we can’t board until dry dock is complete. Please pray for those doing the Maintenance on the ship. Also please pray as we transition to another home. Pray for wisdom for Brian and me with parenting through a lot of change.
Today Brandon and i (Jamie) visited people in a rural village. Brian and the girls worked on the base. I am thankful Brian did laundry and it even was warm enough for our clothes to dry!
I don’t know when this will actually post because we don’t have internet right now. But as I type this, we are in South Africa for two weeks completing our training. This is the practical portion of our training. We have had some hard times emotionally. And awesome times.
As we were leaving the U.S., the group was praying. I can’t remember the specifics, but before that time I was frustrated with the kids. Exhaustion on everyone’s parts. I was praying that God would help me see Brandon’s heart. He was being so strong and “matter of fact” despite what we were feeling. I wanted to be able to actually see that God was working in his heart. All of a sudden he boldly prays out loud in the whole group (of about 30 adults) “Lord, help us remember you when things get hard and we miss our friends and family.” God answered my prayer. Brandon has continued to share in our group times and pray for things that no one has mentioned, but have been important needs. His maturity in prayer has been just amazing, to the point of moving multiple adults to tears.
A team is in Madagascar doing screening to find patients that we will be able to help. Brian briefly mentioned yesterday morning that the screening was happening but we didn’t talk about it again. Last night we were praying and everyone was praying for the people we saw in the village that day. Sad things in which there was no hope unless God intervened. Then Brandon starts praying for screening and some people we know on that team. Come to find out, screening was tough and our friends were having a hard time. I can’t help but believe God brought that prayer to Brandons heart. I’m thankful I’m seeing his heart and that God is answering my prayer.
We had a 10 hour layover in London after flying all night. Hannah was way too tired so b, m and Jamie went to see some sites while Brian hung out with Hannah and all 5 of our carry ons in the airport. While he was trying to help us find customs, we accidentally went out of security so he had to go back through with 5 said bags and a very tired Hannah by himself. He is a trooper! Some friends on our team let us follow them around London. The double decker buses were fun.