Posts made in August 2012

August’s Food-of-the-Month: Avocados at Emmanuel’s!

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

Today I’m especially thankful for friendship and love… and migraines and Mary.  Migraines, you might ask?  Yes, I would answer… those oppressive, nauseating headaches that make me want to sleep so I can’t feel them–or at least be in a dark room with no sound.  I’m thankful because the last two times I’ve had a migraine, my physical suffering has resulted in blessing.

This morning I awoke with a headache.  I still enjoyed my quiet time with God and went to the gym, but several hours later my headache was only worse.  I thought, “I don’t have time for a migraine.”  Plugging away at my computer, trying to get caught up from time away in Africa, it was the nausea that finally forced me to stop.  I’m grateful I did; it was only then I remembered the wonderful, wise words of a friend the last time I’d had a migraine….

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Surgeries, Amputations and A Divine Hair Appointment

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 in Faith | 2 comments

Just as Emmanuel’s surgery has transformed his life, my week at CURE Kenya has forever changed mine.  I’ve witnessed God’s compassion and love in action as never before.  Love so tangible I sensed Jesus walking through the hospital, standing alongside surgeons operating, sitting with recovering children in their ward.  As on the day of Pentecost when God’s heavenly wind blew through “the whole house,” I can easily imagine the Spirit of God swooping through every room at CURE Kenya, touching every person with His love (Acts 2:1-4).

Emmanuel’s four-part surgery was moving, to say the least–starting with the prayer.  At CURE hospitals every surgery begins with prayer, but to hear Emmanuel’s surgeon, Dr. Mailu (pictured above), pray over the sleeping baby before operating was very, very special.  Next, Dr. Mailu and his colleague Dr. Nguku stood on opposing sides of the table, both going to work on Emmanuel’s hands.  Fingers fused together were separated, and while Dr. Nguku had more intensive work on Emmanuel’s right hand, Dr. Mailu excised a skin graft from the left side of Emmanuel’s tummy.  Dr. Nguku stitched the graft onto Emmanuel’s right hand as Dr. Mailu sutured the stomach wound.

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The Day I Met Emmanuel!

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 in Faith | 4 comments

The night before our journey I didn’t sleep a wink.  I’m sure it was a combination of jet lag and excitement, but I simply couldn’t sleep the night before meeting Emmanuel!  That’s okay, I learned; I would have almost 10 hours to catch up on my rest as we traveled across Kenya to meet an eight-month-old baby boy.

In the pitch black at 5:15 a.m., a driver arrived for Fiona and me at “Yellow House” where I’m staying, just steps away from CURE’s hospital in Kijabe.  Fiona is the beautiful inside-and-out CUREKids Coordinator in Kenya, and she LOVES her job!  About an hour later, she effortlessly guided us through a public bus station before we departed Nairobi at 7 a.m.  CURE normally does not bring children to their surgery; they and Fiona were graciously granting my request to see where Emmanuel lives.  To better understand their journey, I wanted to experience what Emmanuel’s mother would in getting her baby across Kenya for a life-changing surgery.

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