Saturday, January 21, 2017

Week in Review: January 15-21

This was a sad week for the country of Mali.  On Wednesday, there was a car bombing in Gao, in the north of the country.  It is estimated that at least 50 people, almost all military personnel, have died as a result.  The president declared three days of national mourning.
Photo from Internet

On Sunday, we went to a CMA church in Hamdallye, an area of Koutiala.
The pictures aren't great since I only had my phone with me, not our camera.

The church was packed, but they were happy to make room for our group, 26 people.
They asked if we would sing a song- nothing like a surprise performance!  Unfortunately, our pictures of that didn't turn out!

Toby Hull gave the sermon, and as he was standing to speak, he found out that the promised translator was unwilling.  Kiersten Hull was able to translate from French to Bambara for him.

After the service, we were all invited into one of the classrooms to meet the pastors and elders.  They told us about their church and welcomed us to come back any time.


The rest of our week revolved around school.  I had a special tutor, Captain, who made sure the kids didn't get too lonely while they were doing their reading and journaling.  He had to spend most of the other lessons outside- unless he was sleeping.




On Friday afternoon, we watched some of the inauguration with our co-op group.  I gave my kids the assignment of making sure the President correctly recited his 35 word oath.  They also had some of the key players written down so that they could follow what was happening.  Due to internet slowness, we were only able to see bits and pieces.  It was good to see a peaceful transfer of power, a rarity in this part of the world.
While running errands this week, Stephen had a flat tire.

Some of the men at the market quickly stepped in to help him change it,
and he was on his way again.

Some of Stephen's pediatric patents this week.





Playing "Axis and Allies"


Pray for peace for Mali and for Africa.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Week in Review: January 8-14

On Sunday, Stephen was preaching at the village church.
This is the new building that they are building.

Being a doctor in Mali sometimes means giving blood to your patients.


I'm at our local boutiques several times a week to buy essentials.


This was a touching example of a very sick mother breastfeeding her baby with help from another patient.  It's always good to see people work together and help where they can.
Over the weekend, the boys went camping and had a chance to do some rock climbing.




We've enjoyed some lovely sunsets from our roof.








Saturday, January 7, 2017

Week in Review: Jan 1-7

We welcomed 2017 at Teriya Bugu, a rustic hotel several hours from here.  We returned home to Koutiala on Monday, but I don't have any pictures from the rest of the week!

We also celebrated Ian's 17th birthday this week, but we didn't take any pictures that day.

The swimming pool was where we spent most of our time- or at least around the swimming pool.  It was a little cold for me!

Isabelle going down the slide.



Loading the canoe to go across the river.

Caleb found some treasures while walking around.

There were some beautiful sunsets.


We enjoyed lots of yummy food while we were there.

Thursday and Friday were mail days.  We got lots of mail and 2 packages from the US.
Thanks to everyone who took the time and expense to send us mail.  We had fun opening the letters and packages, and it seemed like Christmas continued this week.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Week in Review- Dec 25-31




Christmas morning had us all up, dressed in matching outfits, and heading to church for a lengthy celebration.  It could have been an all day thing, but we only stayed for six hours.

Some of the pediatric patients, along with their family members, were able to join us for the service and a Christmas meal.

Stephen with Dr. Dan Kim and some of their patients.




In the evening, we opened our Christmas presents as a family.


On Boxing Day, the kids presented a play.  It was a modern adaptation of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol."

We had to help the pets get used to each other.
Now they are mostly tolerating each other.


The kids and I had fun with some extra craft and game days during our time off school.



It was back to work as usual for Stephen.  He's pictured here with Dr. Wayne Spronk and Dr. Dan Kim.

There are still many pediatric patients in the hospital.
Keep them in your prayers.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Week in Review: Dec 18-24


Monday was the last Taekwondo class before Christmas break.

Baby, it's cold outside!
When it drops below 70F, it feels cold to us!
We've been happy to have a few cooler mornings and a break from the extreme heat.

While I was at the hospital to watch the Christmas caroling, I had a chance to snap a picture of these three doctors.

This is one of the premies in the hospital who is gaining weight and getting healthy.
Some of the premies were able to go home during the week.  The count is down from 22 to 15.
Keep praying for these little ones!  

We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.
We were able to take a couple of days out of town, just the two of us.

Caleb got his Christmas present a day early.
This is "Captain" our newest addition.