Sunday, November 23, 2014

Meanderings and Musings on a Series of Recent Events

Recently so many blog-worthy events occurred that I became nearly overwhelmed with what to write about.  Combine that with an unexpected health issue which required us to leave for the U.S. within 3 weeks, and I was feeling overwhelmed.  But once again, so much can be "said" through pictures and so I thought that I would share some of my latest pictures from October and show you the wide range of life experience here in our country...

Every October, the Niamey Universal Tournament of Softball (NUTS) takes place...and this year both Gary and our son, Joe played on different teams...  It goes on all weekend, and it's such a great time for good-spirited games and lots of visiting among the spectators.



One weekend I needed to fly to our mission hospital, Galmi, way out east.  I was struck by the vastness of this country and the remote little villages.  I couldn't help but wonder if those villagers have ever heard the good news of Jesus!  I prayed over alot of villages on that flight 

On the return flight, Joe was my pilot and I was one proud mom!   

 Finally after weeks of strikes at the National hospital, Baby Esther (Esita) got her shunt put in and did very well.  Her father, Pastor Bori, allowed big sister, Hamu, to come in to the city with him to see her mom and sisters.  Hamu had never left her remote village so it was so fun to watch her expressions as she saw so many new things, especially the Niger River and the big city!

One of our last weekends in Makalondi, Joe and Amy and the children, Claire, Benjamin and Oliver came out to visit.  They brought Michael out with them.  It was fun giving them all some new adventures...
Amy really helped us out in the clinic by dispensing the medications...

and she got to visit with some of the moms who brought their children.

And then I ended the clinical day by working on an old man's foot...he has had the ulcer for 5 years...

The next day the whole family accompanied me to the clinic again, where I was to teach the Village Elders (and my committee members) the lesson on Ebola.  That provided lots of fun ...

We visited my health worker, Yempaabu, and her twin baby boys.  Baby Jeremie took to Claire immediately!  She had him smiling and laughing in no time...

Yempaabu let the children try out her mortar and pestal where she pounds her millet to make flour. The kids realized what hard work it was just to get flour!

We had to wait a while for the elders to show up for the teaching...and Michael kept me company.

While we waited, one of the men walked out into the watermelon field behind us and cut some melons and then shared them with all of us...

Once we had finished, one of the men showed Claire how to slowly pour water over their hands while they washed them.  She got quite good at it and it pleased the men to no end!

Though I have a Clinic committee of 12 men, because of the harvesting going on, only 5 were free to come and take the training on Ebola.  They have committed to take it back to their villages and teach it to their people.  They eagerly listened and asked good questions.

On the drive back to Makalondi, we stopped by some Baobabs to let the children play in them and to get some pictures of these magnificent trees...some of which are a hundred years old or more...
This tree looked like it had a door into the inside...

Joe and Amy walking out to look over this majestic specimen.

Just to show you how very big these Baobab trees are, if you look closely you will see Michael and myself at the bottom of the tree..... and then a close up of us.


That evening before supper, we took a walk up to a "mountain" above Makalondi to watch the sunset. We call this crest overlooking the valley below, "The End Of The World" and the kids love it. It's great for exploring and finding old pieces of pottery, quartz arrowheads, petrified wood, fossils, bugs and other treasures.



And in closing, I just love that Joe captured this deep conversation going on between Oliver and Papa!  Priceless!