Pictures: Peter visits Liesbeth in Houghton, NY; At the Yako Orphanage with the WIRED Youth Group (3 pictures); The new community health meeting place at the hospital; Leaving for a 4-day mobile clinic; Jan and Naomi Van der Flaas; Jiska and Phebe are flower girls! (church under construction…); Lydia’s here!
A lot has happened since the last newsletter 6 weeks ago. The popular uprising has had amazing consequences and we have followed the evolution very closely since then. In many aspects, this uprising has been a powerful example in the region and some say even for the whole continent. We have heard countless people say: ‘God must love Burkina a lot, because everything went so fast and relatively peaceful’. We have a transitional government with a civilian president and a lot of work is being done to prepare the elections in Nov 2015. Promises have been made to follow up on unsolved court cases (and Burkina counts a few!). There has been a lot of injustice and corruption in the last decennia and we hope and pray that this will change. The people are certainly ready for this!
It’s been a blessing for us that peace has returned here while Peter was away. It was not always an easy task to keep things running both at home and at Paam Laafi at times. We are thankful that Peter’s trip went well, and that he could visit both girls and meet with numerous individuals and church communities to share about the work here in Burkina Faso. The temperature shock was harsh at times with a minimum of -10°C and we are thankful that the snow didn’t throw some of the travel plans off.
The ‘paillotte’ or meeting place at the hospital is (finally) ready! In January, we have plans to start up the weighing and vaccination of babies and pregnant women and we will have the opportunity to hold preventive health sessions. Work is also being done between containers to build another maintenance station.
Jan and Naomi Van der Flaas from the church of Herentals (B) visited us for 3 weeks. They have certainly tasted life here and went home with a new experience. It was a bit sad that Peter wasn’t there during their stay and they missed out on a mobile clinic
A few days after Peter’s arrival, he left with the team for a 4-day mobile clinic near the border with Ivory Coast. It was quite far, but certainly worth it. Apart from the usual diseases, they found two girls with a severe umbilical hernia. They have been referred and will get an operation soon. The clinic days were followed by an outreach from ‘Operation Christmas Child’, so many kids heard the gospel and received a nice gift.
Peter was home right on time for Lydia’s arrival last Friday, and we are looking forward to Liesbeth’s arrival on Monday. Jiska and Phebe are ready for a break too, and this break is so much fun for sleeping in since we can snuggle under blankets! (it’s 16-18°c at night now).
We appreciate your prayers and support and we’d love to hear how things are going on your end.
Lots of greetings from all of us,
Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe