Home Assignment is refreshing in so many ways. Here are just a few of them:
- Meeting new family members. The count so far is 4 new nephews and nieces and lots of new cousins.
- Reconnecting with old friends.
- Sweet corn
- Being outside after dark
- Smooth roads
- Encouraging churches by sharing how God is working overseas
- Being encouraged by what churches are doing here in the USA
- Long summer days
- Extra time for studying God’s word
- Ice cream
- Walking on the beach
- Date nights
- Morning coffee with Mom
- Safe water from the tap
- No padlocks on our doors
- Parks: slides, swings, jungle gyms
We are thankful for the electricity we have. However, it isn’t always constant. When it does go out in the middle of making dinner I am VERY thankful that I cook using all gas. I’m also thankful for our gas bomb delivery man who “saved” our enchiladas the other day when the gas ran out just as I was mixing the sauce. Yes, he is delivering explosive fuel on a bicycle!
Ready to travel
The Community Health Project brings medical relief to outlying villages where health facilities are not readily available. Missionaries run health clinics teaching about disease prevention and proper hygiene, focusing primarily on preventative care for children under 5 years old. Malnutrition, malaria, dehydration from diarrhea and pneumonia are all major causes of death in young children and are all preventable diseases.
The volunteers travel by bicycle, or by foot and sometimes by boat to remote areas bringing medical help and spiritual hope.
A rural village clinic
Work among villagers with leprosy started 2 years ago. Leprosy is curable but the disabilities can only be reversed if treatment begins in time. Those already suffering from permanent effects need to be taught how to care for themselves. Because of the stigma attached to this disease, much love and mercy are needed.
CHO workers weighing a baby
A branch focusing on Tuberculosis treatment is coming soon. Samaritan’s Purse (SP) just started a program in the area and SIM will partner with them in the work. SP will take charge of diagnosis and leave the follow-up care to SIM. This tackles a huge need in the community and especially in the refugee camps as tuberculosis is a major problem.
Other critical areas addressed by the project are:
- Clean water needs
- Sanitation education
- Nutritional screening
- Mosquito net distribution