Parcels from overseas need to be sorted in the store room and acknowledgements need to be made. We have to fight off the termites in the store room. Baby layettes are needed in maternity. Patients’ food runs out and we need to run to the market to purchase fresh supplies. Malnourished patients need prioritizing and require much attention. Sometimes our medical equipment becomes broken or damaged.
Very sick patients are regularly brought in from Angola and can die in a few hours if it is not possible to deal with them immediately. There are times when there is no blood in stock and anaemic patients die. Premature babies are born but we are not always equipped enough to help them breath, and sometimes we have no electricity supply to run the oxygen concentrators.
Frustration and overwhelming stress builds up and we lose focus, get upset, become depressed and can become bad testimonies as believers.
But the LORD protects us and when I reflect on these difficult situations I see the blessing of God with us throughout the difficulties. The LORD has put us in a hard situation to learn how to depend only on Him. We get disappointments when we depend on people around us. We get hurt or upset when we put high expectations on others and when they fail to do things. Our emotional distresses can cause trouble in our relationship with others. The LORD guided me to go in to the fields because I needed to learn how to be obedient to Him, how to be patient, how to depend on Him, and I have so much more to learn. If I am distressed myself, I cannot help patients spiritually.
If it was not for the LORD, I would have gone back to my home country a long time ago. But it was He who guided me to serve Him here in Chavuma. I have to stay focused on what He wants me to do. It is always helpful to read God’s Word to get spiritual nourishment and encouragement and prayers day and night help me to keep going. The Gospel is preached through the public address system at the hospital, and many sick people receive an opportunity to hear the Word of God.