I walked away yesterday from our afternoon meeting a bit confused but not discouraged. It is not easy to understand all of the academic processes but it is safe to say that there is a need for us to return as lecturers in the future. The plan is to organize for 2020. The sixth year medical students have established a community outreach to teach high school students about health and they need some assistance organizing the information about mental health. We can definitely collaborate with them from home to provide support.
Tomorrow we will go to a baby elephant orphanage and take a tour of an animal reserve so expect some pictures.
Well, the students showed up – we have about 110 completed questionnaires and it looks like we may have identified a need at the medical school. God’s hand has been in this the entire way.
We delivered the sterile surgical gloves to the obstetrics department in the teaching hospital and were greeted with enthusiasm and appreciation. The pictures below of Myself and Kelsie with the nurses and the red bag show their joy. Thanks to my sister’s donation, I was able to leave over 600 gloves to help with deliveries.
Tomorrow we meet to discuss lecture opportunities in the future that will give under graduate and graduate students a chance to share their knowledge while experiencing the Zambian culture.
This entire trip was first born out of the years of foundational work by the late Dr. Cheryl Snyder and is truly dedicated to her. During our visit here in 2017 she prayerfully told me that I would be returning in this capacity. I continue to learn from her example of trusting wholly in God for direction.
I wanted to share some pictures from my 2019 trip to Zambia.
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Today was a holiday celebrating youth, so nothing much was happening. Went to Mother Teresa’s to deposit the bag of yarn. The sister in charge took the bag and explained that in order to avoid any arguing among the widows, they would give it to them in an organized manner. The children were all resting which was a disappointment but understandable. I am confident that the widows will be blessed.
Before I left I believed I had made all of the copies I needed, however, it seems I cannot count and was short about 50 copies. Well, in Zambia, the process of making copies has been known to be challenging at times. We were blessed, again, that the clerk at the compound where we are staying agreed to make them for us.
We received confirmation that the fourth year medical students will be ready tomorrow at 11 am to participate. This is more then my mind expected but not more than my God is capable of orchestrating. I even received info from a fifth year student who offered to gather her cohort to participate if needed.
We will also be returning to the Psychology Department at the hospital to meet with the appropriate people to identify any teaching opportunities in the future. Please pray for the success of the day, and that we remain healthy and rested.