After 1 week in Tamatave, the hospital has its first patients! Normally it takes much longer to unpack the hospital after a sail, clean the wards, sterilize the ORs, and get all the equipment ready. It was a true team effort. People jumping in and serving wherever needed.
Reminds me of Philippians 2:1-5.
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:”
Surgery starts tomorrow. We will start with general surgery and add oromaxillofacial (Max-Fac) this week. Next week, we will also add vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) surgery. For those that don’t know what VVF surgery is, click here.
I’ve met some of the Malagasy people that are coming to have surgery. Some of their conditions are truly heart-breaking. Large tumors coming from their faces. Burned faces and necks with contractures. Very large hernias. But I’ve also seen their smiles when you talk with them, when you touch them. Even just waving to them. They really are a beautiful people.
Please pray that our patients would see and feel the love of God. That they would know that God not only cares about their souls, but also their pain and suffering, and that they would be blessed with hope, healing, and a new beginning.
This is a room in the Hope Center. Patients stay here with a family member while transitioning on or off the ship. They may stay here prior to surgery to get good nutrition to build up their bodies, and they may stay after surgery when they no longer need to be in the hospital, but aren’t quite ready to go home yet. Operation Smile is here this week too sharing the space with us. After Mercy Ships renovated the building, it can now house 240 people.
Hannah riding her bike on the dock.
Took the kids to a local market. Pretty cool thay we were here a year ago buying gifts for them, and now they get to see it for themselves. We saw a man with a large hernia while we were out, but we had trouble communicating with him about the ship. Maya was really sad and worried for him and insisted I pray for him.
This was my view as I was running the other morning. Nothing quite like seeing cows on the beach with our floating home in the background.
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