Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 that as brothers and sisters in Christ we need to encourage one another and build each other up. I have seen the most beautiful display of this in the hospital this past week. The plastic surgeries are finished, and we are now just continuing to heal the wounds and do physical therapy on joints and limbs that haven't moved in years, and slowly trying to get all of the patients well enough to go home so we can start a new round of surgeries and patients. The healing process for burn repairs and skin grafts can be a very slow, painful, and discouraging time for patients (and nurses!). Wounds we thought were healing well suddenly become infected, and skin grafts that we prayed would take root are lost. As some patients become well enough to go home, others are left behind frustrated and disheartened because their wounds haven't yet healed. But so far, God has been amazing and our infection rate is much lower than previous times and nobody seems to be getting "burned out" but energy and excitement are high and the ward is always filled with music, joy and dancing!
|Just a regular evening on the ward!|
|Chantal with some incredible ladies|
Unfortunately things didn't stay in such high spirits for long, as more medical complications, pain, and wound care are continually happening. But this past week I saw something that lifted my spirits and made 1 Thessalonians 5:11 come alive for me. I was working in the ward and I had my back turned to the patients, when all of a sudden I heard an outbreak of cheering and clapping! I turned around and Chantal was up- all by herself- ,walking to the bathroom, and all the other patients and patient-mama's were standing up applauding Chantal and encouraging her on her first solo-excursion out of bed! It was so beautiful to see how the patients have all partnered together in their difficulties and challenges and come alongside each other to show love and encouragement. It was a true picture of what a healthy Christian community looks like, and half of these people were Muslim or animistic!
Chantal still needs lots of medical care, prayer and frankly, a massive miracle in order to heal her. But I have faith in the words of James 5:15 that says, "the prayers offered in faith will make the sick person well, the Lord will raise him up!" I know that with prayer, fervent prayer, she can and WILL be healed!
|Dance party begins!|
|Kokou laying in his bed enjoying the musical show|
|Richara- unable to walk after foot surgery- enjoying the music and dance whilemy back!|
It is less than 2 months until the ship leaves Togo, so there is still a lot to go- a lot of wounds to be healed, and a lot of surgeries to be done! We really need to heal these infected wounds so that we have room for more patients!
- Since I initially started writing this blog, Chantal's health has progressively gotten worse. Please pray for her comfort, that she will be free from pain, and also for her family who we are trying to bring in to the ship to visit. Chantal has accepted Christ as her Savior, so truly she has the best outcome out of many of the patients we see. But it is hard for us medical staff to see that at times when it seems that our efforts and work has been in vain. All we can ask of any patient who enters this ship is that they will get to know Jesus! So also pray for the nurses caring for Chantal- that they will be able to see the amazing success story that she is! And even though it is painful on this side of Eternity, we will see her again- smiling and praising the Lord!
- Please pray for Enyonam who is rescheduled for surgery on May 29th-- please pray that we will be able to find her and get her here!!
- Please pray for the VVF (vesico-vaginal fistula) women who have just come in last week and have started surgery. Pray for successful surgeries and lives to be restored!!
|I don't know who this baby belongs to, but it was handed to me and I wasn't about to say no! Any takers??|