Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Well, its official. We now have three building going up at the hospital at one time and yes we are nuts. Ground has now been broken on the third and final building at the hospital. It will be our most difficult to build and finish. It will have the maternity ward and OR suites along with the staff breakroom and restrooms. Here is a picture of the guys that are digging the foundations with their new gloves that they are so proud of.
This morning I was able to help Anco with installation of a satellite for internet to Baramba Girls school that is 25 km away from the tower here in Koutiala (at Bethel bible school). Anco installed a tower and receiver at Baramba to receive the signal sent from Bethel. We were just installing the wiring and satellite this morning at Bethel. That is Anco on the tower working at the connection box. I can't wait to see how it is going to work. Its kind of funny that Baramba doesn't have cell phone signal but will have internet signal. We are going to talk to Orange, the cell phone provider, and see it they want to pay rent to use the tower that we installed to get a cell signal out to that area of the country. This would help pay for the internet service provided to the school. The school got it's budget cut in half for the year. Things are incredibly tight right now because they have already spent this years money on just food and nothing else. Please pray that God will provide money to them. The picture of the corn is at Bethel also. This is how they dry their corn before they hand shell it. A lot of work, that is for sure.
Keep praying for us as we try to raise money for the next two years. Thanks for all your prayers and support.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
That's right. We have delivered our 5000th baby in three and a half years being open. This is the baby and her mom with Olive Gifford the midwife here. The baby's name is Nagalie which is the Bambara word for Joy. We thank God for the opportunity to serve Him and the people of Koutiala Mali. Its been a real blessing to serve along side of the hospital staff and administration. We look forward to many more years of delivering babies and helping the needs of the women and children here.
I was installing a new underground drain for Brett and Sherrie this week and while we were digging we ran into an underground termite home. It was amazing to watch them work and move dirt to try to keep the sun light off of them. It was huge. This is just a small picture of the entire trench. You never know what you will uncover when you dig here.
Hope you have a great week. Keep praying for us all.