October 8th, 2013
The Week in Review.
It was pretty much a “business as usual week,” but I got some nice photos to show you that there is no such thing as a typical week here.
Here is one of our visitors, the husband of one of my patients, Goretti. Goretti had multidrug resistant tuberculosis in her spine-which was very painful and debilitating for her. She is doing much better, though she has been left paraplegic. One of her 4 children, a daughter, dropped out of school to take care of her. This daughter has been taught by a neighbor to sew, and her husband asked if we could buy her a sewing machine (a foot pedal machine, not electric). We were happy that we could help them out-thanks to so many of you who make this sort of outreach possible.
Although we get a lot of visitors asking for our help, some come bearing their own gifts. This girl, Emmerance, was sent by one of our favorite friends in Rwanda, Frederick (her great uncle). Frederick, who is about 75, was one of the first Christians in Shyira, where we used to live, and is a dear person. He sent us some delicious bananas and honey.
We have a little foot wound clinic at our house-boys we support who inevitably get sctrapes on their foot. This is Caleb’s special area of expertise and he says he is happy he gets to have a foot washing experience! We did recently give all the 7 boys (those in the house for orphan boys here in Ruhegengeri) money for shoes, but many of them used the money for Sunday shoes so they don’t have sports shoes. If anyone wants to send money to buy these boys better “play”shoes-we’d love it, and so would they!
We had another visitor this week-our friend Edmond. We were always told his face is deformed because he fell out of a tree as a child, but it turns out he has rare bone disease. He found some medicine he needed, from Belgium, and he came by to ask us how he should take it. He is a sweet person and a good Christian, as is his wife.
Caleb fixed Lydia an early birthday cake-he’ll be away visiting the other kids in Kenya during their midterm during her birthday. It was a beautiful cake.
Here is one of our favorite fruits here-called the tree tomato, or ikinyomoro in the local language. I love the pattern in the inside, though I have to admit that I always thought it was reminiscent of the Gucci symbol. Lydia corrected me this week, though and said, “No, Mom, it’s the cross!”
She is so right. It reminds me of one of our Bible verses for this week in our Holy Trinity Brompton daily devotion: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things,” Colossians 3: 2. Amen.