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Tough times and BLESSINGS | Operatie Africa

Tough times and BLESSINGS

Posted by on October 31, 2011

Thank you all for support and prayers. After 6 weeks of hoping and disappointment regarding new housemates, 2 medical students from the UK walked in the day before all my housemates were leaving. And… they decided to move in a day later!

Regarding the guards we had to do some ‘bad-news-chats’ last week, but it seems all settled a bit now. Everybody in and around the house seems to be happy now. Time to sit down and relax.

At work, doing our best with the little resources we have!

After 1,5 week of holiday and travelling with Mirjam, a friend from Holland, it was time to get back to work last Thursday. Before we set off one-and-a-half week ago, the work in the hospital was getting pretty tough and frustrating. The situation is still critical regarding supplies, but at least the last 3 days I didn’t really face problems with my colleagues. I trained a couple new students who are really eager to learn and we will continue their training this week. I’m also trying to help a new collegue although he’s not yet really open for it. But I think he needs some support and close guidance as his thoughts of sterility and instruments are a bit different from mine…

Blessings, of all sizes, came in different ways.

 Firstly my birthday! I had a great Malawn birthday. On my exact birthday I was at the beach in Senga Bay with

Birthday at the beach in Senga Bay

Mirjam, enjoying sun, beach, Lake Malawi, a nice fish braai and a couple drinks. And in the weekend I celebrated it with my friends in Blantyre. A great and fun time with great friends, applecake, cold drinks and sunshine! Thank you for all the birthday wishes, it was such a blessing! Especially the unexpected cards and presents from Holland!

A whole different blessing was and is Gift, the boyfriend of my old housemate. He’s a Malawian guy and came over to say goodbye to my other 2 housemates. And off  course one of the topics we were

talking about was this terrible petrol crisis. He told me he had connections with the manager of one of the filling stations and he offered to help me find petrol as I don’t have the time, courage and patience to stay in a petrol queue for a day or more. He took our jerrycan and within 3 hours he called me, he managed to fill it up for the regular price! What a blessing!

Birthday with my friends in Blantyre!

And another totally different blessing happened to me at a little street shop, a ‘shop’ I pass by every morning. And I often buy vegetables in his shop. This time I was buying some tomatoes. While I was walking away, he called me back and gave me some mangos as a gift. Bless him!

And there are many more blessings each and every day. For example, we haven’t had a powercut since Tuesday, and we’ve cold running water to cool off in these times of heat; it’s between 38 and 46 degrees every day since for at least a week now! And what to think about cold, fresh homemade Papaya-Mango-Banana smoothies!!!

God bless you all!

6 Responses to Tough times and BLESSINGS

  1. Adwin en suzanne

    Leuk verhaal margreet!

    Fijn om te lezen, dat god je gebeden toch steeds weer verhoord!

    Liefs

  2. Gerdien

    Soooo nice Margreet! Goed om te lezen dat je settelt en vriendschappen opdoet ‘along the way’. Een hele goede tijd met je nieuwe huisgenoten en blessings in de trainingen die je ook buiten het ziekenhuis gaat geven!
    Liefs Gerdien

  3. Agaath

    Hey Margreet!

    Weer gaaf om te lezen! Dank je wel.
    Hier alles goed. Aan het pakken.
    Woensdag ben ik weer op Hollandse bodem als het goed is.

    HEt beste, God bless you plenty!

    x agaath

  4. Joe

    I love the website and wish I was still out there with you. My boyfriend has a heart of gold – he is a true blessing!!! Love and hugs.
    Xxxxx

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