It has been while since I have written and so much is happening I know I have to fill you in. I couldn't be here without your support and prayers.
I have been hearing the question "what are you going to be doing today?" more and more these days. It is a good thing. Rachel has been with us for five months. She is working hard in the clinic and loves to spend time with neighbors and the missionary kids. Sarah, has been with us almost three months now. Wow. Thank you Lord for providing these co laborers. Sarah's belongings arrived from the USA this month. She has been busy making her house a home. She has lots of little helpers as the Lippy children are finishing their school responsibilities for the year and looking for things to do. If I have something going in my day that either one can tag along or do, I am too happy to ask for the help. Daily deposits, counting money. rolling coins, counting medication into little bags,visiting the sick and attending an occasional naming ceremony help keep Rachel and Sarah busy. I am truly thankful for their help. Sometimes they get rewarded for getting my work done and they get to practice driving the car in the bush! I remember when I had to learn to drive a standard. Now I am teaching others. I know you are all thinking "scary", and you are glad you aren't on our bush roads. Rachel, Sarah and Julee (the oldest of the Lippy children) are all doing very well.
Ndungu Kebbeh Health Centre remains a busy place. We are officially opened two days a week. God has allowed us to maintain our good testimony to the surrounding area. I am often called on for an emergency or to refill some medication for a patient that just couldn't arrive during clinic hours. We sent the ambulance to Esau Health Centre 17 times to help those that had needs in the off hours of the clinic. (Most of these cases were labor cases.) Please join us in praying for employees. SJ has had a particularly hard month. His father, his father's best friend and his father-in-law died within a month's time. SJ also had an accident during this time hurting his hip.
I continue to enjoy making home visits. I am getting a reputation (a good thing). During the month of April I was able to make 44 home visits. Most of those I see can not make it to the clinic on their own. Recently I have been asked to help an individual who was discharged from a hospital in Dakar, Senegal after spending a few months in the hospital in Banjul. He is NOT wanting to be readmitted. I have been doing what I can and each time I go, I pray with him and his family. I have enjoyed the outreach these home visits have provided. On Friday, Michelle Lippy and I will be going to one of the compounds that I visit to share about God. We are excited. Please pray with us that this time will be protected.
My computer is a necessary link for communication both with you and with perspective visitors to The Gambia. I am really excited to be working with Cedarville University's Nursing Department in providing an opportunity for two nursing students. They will arrive in July and spend a month with us. I am praying that God will provide a wonderful experience for them. (Gail and Bethanne) I am also in communication with a few others. As a field we have several needs. God recently blessed us with a Teacher's Helper for Michelle. Michelle is excited to be able to spend some quality time working on learning Wolof. Bethany hopes to arrive by the end of July. She is raising her support. Another area of need is for a couple to come and "fill in" for a few months at our guest house in Banjul. The Robison's are due for furlough in July of 2011. If you know anyone who might be interested... let me know! The guest house has air conditioning, electricity, back up generator, and wireless internet! (How is that for an advertisement?)
So as you can figure out, most of my days are filled with a little bit of everything. I praise the Lord for the strength He gives me. As I write this I was visited by members of the District Health Team (local medical branch of the country, similar to the Department of Health.) We had a good discussion, they are asking for additional services, pray that God will give us wisdom as we seek to obey His leading. You never know what the day may hold. I am glad I have the assurance of God's love. I am also so very glad that nothing catches Him by surprise.
Michelle and I are reading Mark 5-8 this month. One of my favorite parts is when He sends them out by twos. Pray for Friday!
Thank you for making it possible for me to serve here in The Gambia.