Retro Post (08-2012): “So What Do You Do Exactly?”

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Recently I was asked this and realized that I’ve probably never really clarified that. As you’ve obviously read, I am a nurse in a medical clinic. But what do I do?

1) We screen patients for the doctors to see—i.e. measuring their height, weight and vital signs, ask for the stori of their “sik, what medications they take, when their sik I kam ap (when there “sick came up”), etc.

2) Draw and run lab work—drawing blood, preparing the samples for testing, ...

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Retro Post (08-2012): “God’s Silent Hand”

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In so many ways, God is at work in our world. So often I lose my focus and become so very concerned with myself. I begin to focus on what’s going on around me and lose my focus on Him. I begin to accuse Him of neglect and of being “too far away”. But the truth is, He doesn’t go anywhere. His movements are no more hidden than are a flower’s petals in full bloom. But unless I’m looking I ...
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Retro Post (08-2012): “A Mini Vacation”

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Two weekends ago, I was asking the Lord what I could do—I felt like I just needed to get off the Center for a while. I’d love to go to a hotel by myself but that is not safe nor can I afford it. I emailed a few friends asking if I could come stay for the weekend at their place a little ways down the road but hadn’t heard back from them before our MedEvac came up on Friday. ...
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Retro Post (08-2012): “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings, hast thou ordained strength”

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I’ve heard this verse many times. I’ve even memorized this chapter at camp. But when I read through it last Sunday, I wondered at this verse. How can strength be ordained? So I looked up “ordained”. It means “appointed.” Then I wondered, How can God be appointed strength from babies who can say nothing? One commentator said that it was because God’s strength is made evident in our weakness. This made some sense but I still wondered at the meaning ...
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Retro Post (08-2012): “Three for Three!”

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Yes, that’s right! By the end of last week we were 3 for 3! Normally, we would have an emergency case that would need to go the hausik or be flown out of the country maybe once a month, if that. This week we’ve had three! The first one I told you about in the last entry (“Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength”). That was Tuesday morning.

Wednesday, was our second doctor’s first day back ...

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Retro Post (07-2012): “Praise the Lord for Doctors!”

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One would think that a closed Clinic and a doctor off on holiday (vacation, for my American readers!) would mean a slow few weeks. We still went in every work day to fill medication orders for our patients and to work on projects but we followed your thinking and assumed it would be slower paced. And it was…and wasn’t…all at the same time! At one point, after a particularly busy morning with patients, one of the other missionaries asked, “So ...
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Retro Post (07-2012): “Het bilong mi i stop hevi!”

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Upon seeing this patient, I quickly realized that her crossed eyes caused vision problems for her. But this was only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. She was led about by the hand as we moved from room to room. While taking her information, I realized that she was also having trouble hearing. I know my Pidgin is not by any means fluid or, at times, easily understood but she even asked her husband and friend to repeat ...
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Retro Post (07-2012): “Thumbs up!”

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**WARNING! This story is medical in nature and as such is written to those in the medical profession. Should others choose to read it, continue at your own risk!**

A call came in from one of our bush areas…a missionary had cut off his thumb! This man and his family were in the process of building their house in the village in which they are working. The doctor here at the clinic told him that he wouldn’t be able to do ...

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Retro Post (07-2012): “The Little Things”

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Did you ever notice that the little things are what you take for granted until you don’t have them anymore? That the little things you complain about doing are what you long for when you can’t do them anymore? For instance, housework. Honestly, who really enjoys cleaning your house from top to bottom every week or doing the dishes?

For the past three weeks I’ve had no energy at all. Less than no energy, if that were possible! The only symptom ...

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Retro Post (07-2012): “An Abundant Harvest!”

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Sometimes in support work, as you and I are in, we get busy and forget the impact the work that we do has. This past Sunday, one of our bush missionaries and his family came and shared with us an update on the work in their tribal areas. A village has had the Gospel and a well-established church for several years now. A few years ago, they sent missionaries of their own to reach another village in their tribe. Our ...
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