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Friday, June 17, 2016

African Child Day 2016

For the past three years I have been the guest speaker for "African Child's Day" at Precious Children Nursery and Primary schools.  I always love being with these children and the relationships are growing with the teachers.
 The children did a few songs and poetry presentations.
 I told Bible stories about characters who prayed - Hannah, Daniel, Peter.
 The kids listened well, sang with excitement, and participated with energy.
 Sharing God's Word is a delight for me.
 Captain Salvation joined me in the ministry this year.  :)
 Although the kids really wished that he could fly. 
This little girl was recognized for being such an active listener and participant.
Songs, games, stories...
all of it focusing on the fact that:
Children can Pray!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Admitted with Malaria

On Monday, May 30th I trained at a small private school in the village.  There were 23 attendees at the training, and I shared about creative teaching methods, eight different multiple intelligences, and that pupils are made in the image of God.  During lunch, my friend Jennifer - a nurse - was showing school staff on how to use a malaria test kit.  Everyone watched with curiosity, and at the time, I had no idea that I would be driving over to Jennifer's house that night looking for a test kit myself.
The test came up negative.
The next day I traveled to Kampala to get my car fixed, to watch a movie, and to relax. 
Wednesday morning, I still wasn't feeling good.  The headaches had been occurring for about 4 days... and well...
I ended up blacking out in one lab, throwing up in another... and finally being admitted at IHK (the International Hospital of Kampala).  I had no idea the malaria was so high.  Shivers, fever, headache, joints aching, and nausea.  I have never spent a night in the hospital in my life... but I guess there is a first time for everything.
At least I have friends in many places.  People came to check on me, and thankfully the hospital provided food and bedding.  (Many hospitals in Uganda do not provide those things.)
I spent two nights in the hospital, until malaria was no longer sighted in the bloodwork.  I drove home with friends on Friday afternoon, and I have spent the past 5 days in my house sleeping, sleeping, sleeping.  I am exhausted, but today is the first day that I finally feel good.  I thank God for healing and for the medical care that I received, and for the friends who looked after me.