Friday, December 13, 2019

The Gifts we Bring

The song The Little Drummer Boy – has the lyrics:
Come they told me, A new born king to see, Our finest gifts we bring, To lay before the king, So to honor him, When we come, Little baby, I am a poor boy too, I have no gifts to bring, That’s fit to give our king, Shall I play for you, Mary nodded, The ox and lamb kept time, I played my drum for him, I played my best for him, Come they told me, A new born king to see, Me and my drum (Insert “Pa rum pum pum pum” at every comma)
The little drummer boy, was just a boy, and felt like he had nothing to give to the baby Jesus, and yet he could play his drum, and he did it the best he could for the baby Jesus. Each of us, especially individually, may think that we have little or nothing to bring to Jesus, or to the Ministry of the Hospital (or whatever you do), but God has given each of us gifts in certain areas, and the best gift we can give is to use our gifts, to the best of our ability, in service and as a gift to the Lord – Just like the Little Drummer Boy.
As a Hospital, we are made up of many individuals, who work in different departments, and yet together we have been able to Minister as a Hospital to the people of Jiwaka and beyond, who come for care. The gifts we bring:
  • Security – The gift of safety
  • Project Team – The gift of our buildings
  • Maintenance – The gift of keeping us running, power and water
  • Hygenists – The gift of cleanliness and service
  • Primary Health Services – The gift of ministry to the poor and outcasts
  • Health Professionals (Nurses, CHWs, Doctors, Dental Staff, ASOs) – The gift of physical healing and helping
  • Lab/Xray - The gift of diagnostic assistance
  • Chaplains – The gift of spiritual ministry and health
  • Clerks (OPD, Admin, Medical Records) – The gift of organization, record keeping and assisting
  • Canteen and Food Service – The gift of nutrition
  • Finance/Business Office – The gift of financial accountability
  • Administration – The gift of leadership, organizational direction
  • MSP Field – The gift of vision, accountability and leadership
Our prayer this Christmas, is that we will keeping using our gifts to serve those who need them at Nazarene General Hospital, and we would pray for you to use your gifts for whatever God has called you to today. Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Having fun in the Hospital

Being in the Hospital doesn't have to be boring.  At times it definitely is boring, but when the kids get better, they and their parents often take the time to enjoy these wooden puzzles and games that Don made.  The Peds ward always brings a smile to my face, especially as I watch the kid's smile as they improve and get to play games.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Inspiring others

Part of what we do here, is we share our knowledge with those who come to visit or serve short time, with the hope that we would encourage and inspire them to go into missions or medicine, or so they would just have an idea of what we do, to pray more for us.  

The grandson of one of our former missionaries was visiting with his grandparents and he got to spend some time with Ben casting and learning about surgery.  Visiting physicians are often here working with us, Candice is from Australia and is an ER trainee there.  Matt and her have worked together in the ER the past few weeks, where he has been able to teach her some PNG ER techniques that she might not be familiar with in Australia.  When our GS and RD visited, they got a lesson from our Lab Personnel in how to find malaria.

It is always fun to get to share what we do with others who minister with us or pray for us in one way or another.  You never know how God might use some of these opportunities.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thankful for

As Thanksgiving is upon us, thought I should take some time to share some of what I am thankful for.

- The opportunity to serve the Lord in PNG

- My family and friends who encourage, support and enable me to serve here

- Those who pray for me and the work here

- Those who came before, who I have had the privilege of serving with and learning from the past 12 years

- My mission family

- God's faithfulness and provision and never leaving me or forsaking me

- For God's beauty in creation, and the chances I have to enjoy it

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Talipes Clinic

Nathan has taken over where Andy left off in caring for our kids with Club Foot (where the foot is turned and so kids as they get older walk not on their soles of their feet, but on the side of their foot).  He has trained Jeremiah, his son, to help with the casting as well, to make the process to go a little more smoothly.  Recently, our Regional Director and General Superintendent got to learn a little about how Talipes works.

It is great to see the kids before and after - before, unable to walk and run (depending on their age) like a normal kid, but after the casts and splints, they are walking on the soles of their feet again.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


   Some of you know I really like elephants, ever since my first trip overseas to Ghana, when I got to go to an elephant farm, I have enjoyed these massive giants.  About 6 years ago, my liking of elephants increased when in Thailand, I got to play with a young elephant who lived near the medical conference I was attending.  They are pretty big at just a few months old, but they are just like kids and want to play, which was a lot of fun.  Through the years and my travels, I have collected various elephant figures, pictures and other souvenirs and have decorated my dining room with elephants.  So in coming to Thailand, one of the things I wanted to do was to go and see the elephants.  The Kudjip team took a trip after our Regional Conference to a nearby Elephant farm and enjoyed a day being elephant owners.  We learned how to make sure the elephants are healthy, how to feed them and the different commands that they use to get them to stand and sit, how to open their mouth to feed them, etc.  We got to feed them, ride them to their watering hole and then help wash them down.  Thankfully the Thai trainers, were with us every step of the way, talking to us and the elephants keeping us all safe and making sure we had a great experience.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Asia Pacific Regional Conference

I got to go to our Church's Asia Pacific Regional Conference this past week with over 450 other folks who are serving the Lord in this Region.  It was very encouraging, challenging and inspiring.  As a missionary, I think I know what I am doing in PNG - but it is still good to be reminded of what God has called us to, to hear stories of what God is doing, to worship together, to fellowship together and to break bread together.  I certainly was inspired to keep serving as God has called and challenged as well in what He is asking of me.