Despite the empty rooms right now - I am excited about what the future holds and the way God is opening up doors and bringing in partners to help with His Plans for Papua New Guinea through us.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Those of us without kids here joined together to host the kids for Pizza and Movie night while their parents enjoyed a house to themselves for a few hours. We ate first, and the kids loved the lack of rules regarding amount of desserts they could have. Overhearing their conversations it was obvious which kid's parents were doctors, as some were telling their friends that they were at risk of getting diabetes by eating all the cookies and brownies. We watched Ratatouille, did some coloring pages and then tried to run off some of the sugar with Simon says and Bear, Mosquito, Fish. Only 1 child was run over in the midst of the laughter and craziness, but thankfully made a quick recovery and rejoined the fun. I believe a good time was had by all.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
For most of 2020, our provider numbers decreased instead of increasing. Just when we thought we had a bit of a margin in staffing, someone would leave on break or vacation. We have been surviving with 3-4 fully trained FP/Peds/ER docs, 1 fully trained Surgeon, 1 dentist, and 1 surgical trainee for much of 2020. While we have been tired, God has been faithful and we have learned to adjust and to reset expectations, but it has taken it's toll on many of us. We have needed a breather, but didn't know when/where it was coming - but thankfully, we have gotten some relief.
James Adams is a Canadian GP, who has been here 6 times in the past 10 years, and will have served for more than a year cumulatively during his 3 months with us. He has only been out of quarantine for a week, but we are already feeling relief from him being with us. His past experience at Kudjip allows him to step in and be effective right away, which we are so grateful for.
Daniel Dyer is an US FP, who came in on the same flight as James, and plans to be with us for 2 years. He is a PostResident from Samaritan's Purse/World Medical Mission. He worked with us during his training, and so not everything is new to him, but he will take a bit longer (compared to James) to adjust to medicine in PNG. Thankfully, his training prepared him very well for being a doctor here, and he has jumped in on gaining competency in C-sections and D&Cs and other procedures that he needs some fine tuning in. We look forward to having him with us for the next 2 years.
International travel in the midst of Covid continues to be an obstacle to having volunteers come, as does quarantine and the cost of flights, but thankfully we still have folks who are wanting to come. We have a volunteer surgeon and his wife (Tom and Tina Jurich) scheduled to come end of February along with a new OB/Gyn and her husband (Laura and Taylor Myatt) who will be with us for 2 years. We look forward to adding more doctors to our staff, as some of the regulars continue to get a break.
Friday, December 25, 2020
This year hasn't been easy for many, and many are hurting, and many need to know where they can look and find comfort and peace. I pray that this Christmas Season, we can all be like the Christmas Star - pointing those we are around to the Prince of Peace, to the gift that God sent us on a Christmas morning over 2000 years ago. Merry Christmas.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
This year has sure been unlike any others in my lifetime. It has been filled with uncertainty, unrest, unexpected, unknown and so many changes, with no definite end in sight. News of potential vaccines brings some hope, but when they will reach a country like PNG is another issue. Yet despite this, life continues with new and different challenges, for each of us, than a year ago. As I reflect on this year, I know there is much to be thankful despite the unknown.
In quarantine, I have been enjoying the devotional Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman, it seems to be quite applicable to my life today. The Nov 18th devotion was taken from Luke 7:23, "Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me." Part of it says, 'When I gave myself to Him, I had hoped that my skies would always be fair, but often they are overcast with clouds and rain. But I must believe that when difficulties remain, it is that I may learn to trust Him completely - to trust and not be afraid. And it is through mental and emotional struggles that I am being trained to tutor others who are being tossed by the storm."
This is part of my recent prayers - to continue to trust and not be afraid, even when the difficulties or clouds and rain remain, to know and realize there are others in the storm too. Life does spring up in deserts and in places with little rain, and we never quite know when someone is looking to us to help encourage them through their storms. So we must always be ready, using the whatever water comes our way, to grow and flourish where we are despite the challenges and storms around us.
Later, in the same devotion, there is a quote by Freda Hanbury Allen:
"Blessed are you, O child of God, who does suffer,
And cannot understand
The reason for your pain, yet will gladly leave
Your life in His blest Hand.
Yes, blessed are you whose faith is "not offended"
By trials unexplained,
By mysteries unresolved, past understanding,
Until the goal is gained."
Leaving the unknown and the pain in God's hands, isn't always easy for me, but I know there is more to today then the pain or suffering I might feel, and there is a goal, even if not always easy to see, or there are obstacles along the way, which He has called me to. So for me, I hope to keep moving toward the goal - which for me is to be faithful to the call He has on my life to serve in PNG through my medical skills at the Hospital, until He calls me elsewhere.