News from Ouagadougou 97

Pictures: Jiska during the honor roll ceremony at school; Phebe and Jiska after the presentation of the school musical ‘One Smart Pig’; Phebe was ‘Orville Pig’; Jiska and Phebe with the International Women’s day 2015 fabric; Jiska turned 13 on March 12!; Liesbeth warms up for her audition in the ‘Lemmens Institute-LUCA School of Arts’ in Leuven, Belgium; Lydia plays the bass in the Chapel Band at her school.

Dear Friends,

As we approach the Easter weekend and as a family and a Christian community, we want to reflect on this most important Event that made it possible for us to receive new and ETERNAL life! Happy Easter!

This newsletter is more focused on our family. Sometimes, there is not really room for more stories or pictures in our usual letters.

Most of our girls have a school break right now. We are thankful for their different schools, and are very pleased to see them grow up and develop into young ladies (yes, also the youngest two!).

Tomorrow, Lydia travels from Basel to Amersfoort (in the Netherlands), where she will visit Liesbeth. Liesbeth studies at the ‘Evangelische Hogeschool’ this semester while she is visiting various schools and conservatories and finds her way in the middle of auditions and other selection procedures to be able to start in September. She succeeded already at the audition for violin at the Lemmens Institute- LUCA School of Arts, and it was good that Ineke was there with her when she also visited the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. She likes living in the Netherlands, so that is great!

The girls will then travel to Brussels/Zaventem for the Easter Weekend. While Liesbeth has to go back to school, Lydia will spend some time in Belgium before she takes off to visit a girlfriend from her dorm before school starts again. We all look forward to her graduation from high school on June 12th, and she is very happy that her 3 sisters will finally see where she spent the last 2 years.

Here in Ouagadougou, Jiska and Phebe do their best at school too. Jiska, who just turned 13, received her 6th ‘all A Honor Roll’ certificate since she started middle school. We are very proud of her!

Phebe is doing Grade 5. She has worked hard the last few weeks, practicing for her role in the school musical. She had a lot of fun and she really fit her character very well. It was a very funny and successful musical. Jiska was part of the stage crew. Phebe progresses very well on her violin and Jiska learns a lot with her flute in the school band.

Our girls love to help at the mobile clinics or with our work in general. It’s good to see they still feel very much at home here.

Peter and I are thankful that we found an administrator for Paam Laafi starting April 1st. That will reduce Peter’s (and my) work load and we will be able to leave the work in good hands this coming the summer. We are looking forward to take a few days off in the North of Ghana starting this Saturday , or maybe we won’t be able to ‘cool’ off? Although, with temperatures of 39-40°C during the day and 24-25°C at night, we can’t complain too much at this time of the year J.

In spite of the distance, we try to be a close-knit family and we are very thankful for the internet. It’s very slow but usually stable, and it helps to stay in touch. It’s not always easy to be so far away from each other, but we always look forward to the next reunion!

Please pray for the following topics:

  • Safe travels for Liesbeth and Lydia, and for us when we travel to the North of Ghana with Jiska and Phebe and a friend from Jiska’s class.
  • For the last weeks of school left after the break.
  • For the preparations for our furlough to Belgium this summer. We still don’t have a place to stay and have to arrange several appointments.

Lots of greetings from all of us, and more Paam Laafi news next time!

God bless!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe

 www.tearfund.be

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen

06 BP 9369

Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso

00226 50 36 20 03

peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the US (or UK and other countries): Through SIM International: www.sim.org on GIVE SUPPORT in main menu, click donate, click “online giving”, click on “SIM USA” (or a different country), click on “Give to a project”, Choose country “Burkina Faso” in drop down menu, enter project ID “93931”, click on “Give” next to “Health for All” project

specifically for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk

for Belgium (via Tearfund):

IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB

mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71008 for the hospital and code 73015 for the mobile clinics

Thank you for your support!

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News from Ouagadougou 96

Pictures: the 2nd building has a new ceiling; the wall at the 2nd piece of land, building coordinated by Arjo; the dentist in his own new room in the hospital; Adrie and Ineke reorganizing the pharmacy while the doctors work on reports; dr. Jacob is here with a brand new cardiologic ultrasound machine!; on the screen: Peter’s heart that seems to be very much OK J; the map of the hospital; view on google earth; our family.

Dear Friends,

We would like to start with thanking you for your ongoing support and prayers. It’s always nice to get a reaction by e-mail or even  ‘real’ card once in a while. Thanks so much!

There’s lot of news this time:

  • 2 days a week, we do medical check-ups of company personnel in the hospital. The majority of the workers of certain factories never get a chance to have such a thorough exam. It’s good to be able to do a follow-up too. This type of work makes it possible to keep Paam Laafi running financially and to be able to even keep investing in the buildings.
  • 1 fixed day a week (usually Thursdays), we do mobile clinics in the elementary schools in the area around the hospital. The goal is to be able to do follow-up at the hospital. Yesterday, we could send a child with a serious toothache straight to the dentist at 5km, that was really encouraging!
  • The dentist started this week with consultations in the hospital. His name is Jeremie Nikiema and he is very excited! He uses a temporary chair now, until the real dental chair comes with a container this spring. He has a long waiting list of children in the area and list of adults are waiting for dental care already.
  • Arjo is doing all kinds of practical things, and is coordinating the building of a wall as part of our fence at the 2nd piece of land. His wife Adrie helps out with the medical activities and helps sorting out all the materials we keep receiving. We also received 10 biohazard suits and other Ebola emergency materials from SIM. We hope we will never needs them, but it’s good to have them.? So far, there is NO case of Ebola still in Burkina, thank God!
  • Jacob is in the country for 2 weeks. He is working on 4 (!) different degrees still in France, and Peter is looking forward to being able to hand over part of the Paam Laafi work in May when he gets back here.
  • In a few weeks, we will do a start-up activity with the village near the hospital. Go to Nations will organize a soccer tournament and it will also be the start of our preventive care activities with pregnant women and babies. We will get help from a midwife who works in the neighboring district.
  • Ineke had a good trip visiting Liesbeth and Lydia in February. They are doing fine and we are thankful that we will see each other soon this summer.

Peter worked hard on a new website for Paam

We discovered that the new roads on the hospital grounds are already visible on google earth!

There will also be a fundraiser soccer tournament in Belgium organized by Tearfund Youth this spring.

The next letter will contain some more family news and pictures.

We ask prayer for the following subjects:

  • For a good transition until the elections in October. Lots of illegal activities that have been going on in the past are discovered now and it’s a lot to handle for the transition government.
  • For a good continuation of the Paam Laafi activities, we are very thankful for all our co-workers here and at Tearfund Belgium!
  • For a place to live this summer in Belgium and also a car. We arrive in Belgium on June 9th and will leave again on August 17th.

Lots of greetings from all of us,

God bless!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe

 www.tearfund.be

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen

06 BP 9369

Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso

00226 50 36 20 03

peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the US (or UK and other countries): Through SIM International: www.sim.org on GIVE SUPPORT in main menu, click donate, click “online giving”, click on “SIM USA” (or a different country), click on “Give to a project”, Choose country “Burkina Faso” in drop down menu, enter project ID “93931”, click on “Give” next to “Health for All” project

specifically for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk

for Belgium (via Tearfund):

IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB

mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71008 for the hospital and code 73015 for the mobile clinics

Thank you for your support!

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News from Ouagadougou 95

Lots of pictures this time: the containers covered; this becomes a maintenance workshop; the new roof; medical check-up of the workers from the International school; the mobile X-ray machine in the truck; ECG for every person, Liesbeth helps; bloodwork done in our own lab!; the new road from the hospital to the main road; tracing the roads on the hospital grounds; meeting to plan the community meetings in the ‘paillotte’; Jiska is baptized; the 4 baptized girls and the youth leaders; Our family at Christmas .

Dear friends and praying partners;

The new year has started well, and we are still enjoying cooler temperatures at night knowing that the steady climb has started. We have 35°C (95F) during the day now already.

We look back at a very special time at Christmas with all the girls home and very special memories together as Jiska was baptized on January 4th. She and 3 other girls at youth group gave a public testimony of their faith, how wonderful!

Liesbeth and Lydia left again, and routine is back. We are thankful for the following events:

– Last week, we examined about 50 guards and cleaners from the International School in the hospital. It’s great we can do all the exams ourselves now. Liesbeth could even help with the hearing tests and ECG’s.

– A second roof is built over the containers, it was financed by the partner organizations that donated the truck for the mobile X-Ray.

– The neighbor from our 2nd piece of land has been so kind to use one of his machines to make a new road from the hospital to the main road, to clear a soccer field as part of a future community center on the second land, and to make the roads on the hospital land! The rent for these machines is very high, we were able to save about 4000 euros for Paam Laafi this way. Praise the Lord!

– We started a committee to plan the activities in the new ‘paillotte’, a meeting place where we want to combine health prevention and evangelism. Ineke is part of the committee and we want to be in touch with the village to see what their needs are. We also hope to make the hospital known to a wider community that way, and attract more patients.

This year, we won’t have the nurse interns from the school in Leuven, Belgium. We’ll have to be creative and find other helpers, especially for the mobile clinics.

The school has cancelled all the internships in West-Africa due to possible Ebola cases. We understand their concern, since they would have been here from early February till half May. Luckily, we still don’t have any reported cases of Ebola in Burkina Faso. Another concern was the political situation, but we are thankful that things look stable still. Unlike our neighboring country Niger, we didn’t have manifestations after the Charlie Hebdo publications. We are thankful for peace and please pray for all the affected fellow believers and missionaries in Niger.

On January 26th, Arjo de Vroome will arrive. He will oversee the building projects again. His wife Adrie will join him part of the time. Thank you to continue to pray for her health, she seems to be doing better now.

Family news: Liesbeth is in Belgium right now, and she is about to move to the Netherlands. She will do a semester program there while finding out if she can start violin studies in a conservatory after the experience she has gained during her 3 semesters in the US. Thanks for your prayers, it’s quite a transition again.

Thank you for all your support!

Lots of greetings from all of us,

God bless!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe

 www.tearfund.be

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen

06 BP 9369

Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso

00226 50 36 20 03

peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the US: In the US: www.sim.org on GIVE SUPPORT in main menu, click donate, click “online giving”, click on “SIM USA”, click on “Give to a project”, Choose country “Burkina Faso” in drop down menu, enter project ID “93931”, click on “Give” next to “Health for All” project

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk

for Belgium (via Tearfund):

IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB

mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71008 for the hospital and code 73015 for the mobile clinics

Thank you for your support!

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News from Ouagadougou 94

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!

Dear friends,

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,

God bless!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe

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Pictures: these 2 press pictures really summarize what happened here last week; Doing school work at home; and dress up the cat;

Dear friends and prayer partners,

We just went through a suspenseful time here! After the resignation of the president on Friday October 31st we were confused about who of 2 military leaders was going to be the transition president. The borders closed and on Sunday afternoon, shots were heard around the TV station when a group of protesters were pushing another ‘president’ forward to give a declaration on TV. An a positive note, the whole city came out to clean up the streets after the massive protests, the city never looked cleaner! On Monday, it seemed like normal life started again and we had a peaceful week. We are waiting on how the political situation will develop. It seems to be hard to find a civilian leader who can lead the country through a year of transition until the next elections. Thanks for your prayers.

We are very thankful that Peter was able to leave on Monday! He is with Lydia in Germany for the moment and will be back in Belgium on Monday, where Dr. Jacob will join him from France. Dr. Jacob is graduating as a cardiologist in a few weeks. They will speak in a few places together about the work of Paam Laafi. On Thursday, Nov 13th they will travel to the US where they will visit Liesbeth first, and then do several presentations in the Oak Hills church community in San Antonio, TX and in churches in Pensacola, FL.

If everything stays quiet, we will receive the visit of Jan and Naomi Van der Flaas, a medical lab tech and nurse from Belgium. They will be here 3 weeks.

The children are doing fine, they were really glad to go back to school after days inside the house. We also noticed that their revolution-specific vocabulary expanded in 3 languages!

We are also starting to count down the days for Liesbeth and Lydia’s visit at Christmas.

We appreciate your numerous reactions and thank you for the prayer support, and we are looking forward to hear from you too!

Lots of greetings from all of us,

God bless!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe

Please take note of the change in the way to support from the US (see below)

www.tearfund.be
peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the US: In the US: www.sim.org on GIVE SUPPORT in main menu, click donate, click “online giving”, click on “SIM USA”, click on “Give to a project”, Choose country “Burkina Faso” in drop down menu, enter project ID “93931”, click on “Give” next to “Health for All” project

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk

for Belgium (via Tearfund):

IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB

mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71pl becomes 71008 for the hospital and code 73pl becomes 73015 for the mobile clinics

Thank you for your support!

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Pictures: the lab at the hospital is finally working!; enlarging the microscope image through the computer; taking blood samples from the children; children waiting for their turn; Dr. Peter and Dr. Kiswendsida; Jiska at work; Ineke and Clarisse at the medicine table; a girl who just received her medicine; Peter with a little patient; with our cat ‘Minoes’; on the way back home we saw this coming out of the mattress factory (a moto-cab) ; our Calendar 2015 is ready!

Dear friends,

Jiska and Phebe have a school break this week, time to relax and rest up a bit.

We had some busy weeks. First we did medical examinations of about 100 people from a company at our hospital, which meant our lab had to run at full speed. It was the first time we used our lab and are thankful for the help we received. Peter spent some time developing an Access database to streamline the medical reports, including the insertion of X-ray and other results per patient. This type of contracts are a vital part of local fundraising to help Paam Laafi run all their activities. We are thankful to see the latest developments.

A good week later, we examined about 300 children in a school close to our hospital. The new element there was that we had to take a blood sample from every child for the malaria research Dr. Kiswendsida is involved in. The kids were all very brave and there were almost no tears shed! Jiska was able to join for a day, as her Grade 7 class from the International school joined us. She is so used to these clinics and she was happy to help some of her class mates who were there for the first time.

Peter will travel from Nov 3rd till Dec 5th, he is leaving on a fundraising trip to Belgium and the US with the president of Paam Laafi. Dr. Jacob Sawadogo is nearly finished with his cardiology specialization in France. Peter is going to be able to visit both Lydia and Liesbeth this time. They are looking forward to meet up with their dad!

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Our yearly prayer calendar is also finished. It is a colorful and joyful reminder of what God has been enabling us to do here in Burkina Faso.

We are thankful for your prayers for us and the work we are doing. We have been reminded of our vulnerability just recently, through a crisis situation here with missionaries on the field, our enemy does not sit still!

Please pray for this Ebola epidemic to stop in the affected countries. The whole region feels the effects in different ways.

Thanks for praying for our oldest children far from home. We are thankful for communication through internet, but especially in difficult moments, the distance seems bigger.

Lots of greetings from all of us,

God bless!

Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe

Please take note of the change in the way to support from the US (see below)

www.tearfund.be
peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the US: In the US: www.sim.org on GIVE SUPPORT in main menu, click donate, click “online giving”, click on “SIM USA”, click on “Give to a project”, Choose country “Burkina Faso” in drop down menu, enter project ID “93931”, click on “Give” next to “Health for All” project

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk

for Belgium (via Tearfund):

IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB

mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71pl becomes 71008 for the hospital and code 73pl becomes 73015 for the mobile clinics

Thank you for your support!

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Pictures: A typical market in Ouagadougou during a visit with the interns; during a church attendance; Oak Hills church team; Mobile clinic; What a row!; Our street under water; First day of school for Jiska and Phebe; First day of school for Lydia

Dear friends,

As for most people, the holidays are really over here. Our 2 youngest girls already started on 18 August, Liesbeth started on September 1st in the US and Lydia on September 2nd in Germany.
Our summer was filled with the visit of the oldest girls and our 2 interns. Lydia had a summer job in Belgium in August, and Ineke picked her up and brought her back to school. She moved from the host family where she was last year, to the boarding school. She is doing well and is excited for her last year of high school!

What happened in the meantime in Burkina Faso?: Apart from a regularly flooded street and a big crocodile living in the canal now (due to the never ending road works),

– In August we did a mobile clinic in an orphanage. It was a challenge because there were many more very small children and almost no supervisor knew French. Also quite a lot of the children were sick. Peter and the team visited again last week to check how the children were doing and they were very satisfied with what they saw.
– Construction of the ‘paillotte’ at the hospital for the prevention sessions for pregnant women and babies: the work has started.
– Ouali is a young man of 17 , we found him in Mahadaga (7 hours East) during the clinic in April. His tumor on the wrist is removed (in a hospital 6 hours North) and they only had to amputate the little finger. What a blessing. He is doing well and starts school again this week. The tumor is examined in Belgium and there may be a regrowth, as well as metastases. Thanks for praying for him.
– Ebola: who has not yet heard of it and it was also the most frequently asked question during Ineke’s visit to Belgium/Germany. We ask prayer for the many patients in the affected countries, it is really a terrible disaster for those countries and the people there. In Burkina and other countries are putting preventive measures in place. Fortunately there is still no case of Ebola reported in Burkina, nor in the 6 directly neighboring countries. The disease can only be contracted by physical contact between a sick or dead Ebola patient, and is not airborne so far (such as SARS or the swine flu).
– Peter and Dr. Jacob are going to do a fundraising trip to Belgium and the US in November. Jacob will then have graduated as a cardiologist and will be the first real specialist in Paam Laafi. They hope to collect funds for the further building of the hospital. We hope and pray that they are going to be successful and that a lot of people will learn about the work of Paam Laafi .

Lots of greetings from all of us,
God bless!
Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe

www.tearfund.be

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen
06 BP 9369
Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
00226 50 36 20 03
peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk
for Belgium (via Tearfund):
IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB
mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71pl becomes 71008 for the hospital and code 73pl becomes 73015 for the mobile clinics
Thank you for your support!

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Pictures: Bibata at the official opening of the hospital in January; General Assembly of Paam Laafi (2 pictures); the last EDGE of this year; violin recital, Phebe is one of the four students; Jiska and Phebe at the dance recital (the posters in the room are made by them)
Dear friends,

The month of June has arrived! This means that the girls school is almost over, the hot season is coming to an end (?) and the rainy season is coming.
We’ll start with the sad news this time. Peter’s first patient in the hospital has suddenly deceased after 7 months. Bibata, 20, was in treatment since early October, she had so often stopped by for her medication for a form of leukemia. For her condition she was doing quite well. She must have died of a splenic laceration, her spleen was still enlarged as a result of her illness. It was hard for the team. The entire team visited her family in the nearby village, and it was a big encouragement for them all. They also heard that the family thought it was such a miracle was that she had lived for those last seven months, they all expected she would die in October. They were very grateful for the care and the love she has received.
The Good news is that the ‘Association Paam Laafi’ had its official General Assembly on May 31st and that this is going to help for paperwork that we have yet to receive from different agencies . The organization seeks to get a “reconnaissance d’utilité publique ‘, so we won’t have to pay a ridiculous amount of taxes.
We also feel that we have a subscription for coinciding political demonstrations of the opposition. On the 18th of January and last Saturday May 31st tens of thousands of people came together to show that they want a change of president and against the change of the Constitution in which the current president can stay. Fortunately, this time again everything went smoothly. Please pray for this further ..
The month of May has also flown by with recitals of the children at school and with the violin class. We also held the last EDGE worship night with the young people from the youth group. That was a special night, even with a farewell to those who graduate or leave. Our children have participated in this and enjoyed it.
Last Monday, Ineke’s mother arrived, she will stay for three weeks of which one week will overlap with Liesbeth and Lydia’s visit. We are looking look forward to it! We’ll skip this summer’s visit to Belgium and then next summer (2015) come as a family. Lydia will begin her college studies and we can help her on the way. We look forward to a summer here with them.

Many greetings from us all, God bless!
Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe Van Dingenen

PS: please note the changed codes below

www.tearfund.be

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen
06 BP 9369
Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
00226 50 36 20 03
peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk
for Belgium (via Tearfund):
IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB
mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71pl becomes 71008 for the hospital and code 73pl becomes 73015 for the mobile clinics
Thank you for your support!

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Please excuse us for the delay in translation, this was written on April 30th

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Photos: On the road to Mahadaga; helping with water tower project after arriving; children waiting to be registered; they are ready; Jiska and Phebe happy to help; consultation with local doctors; sign language interpreter helps explain how to take medications; Black Forest Academy group brings a story and a song; Phebe holds two blind girls company; Lydia before her surgery; Lydia back at school
Dear friends,

Much has happened since our last email! We’d like to bring you up to date, and we are grateful for everything that has gone well!
On May 5th, a group came from Lydia’s school, 10 students and two leaders. We left the next day with four vehicles and 26 people on a trip to Mahadaga 500 km from the capital, in a very remote area. Everything was packed: things for the mobile clinic, the luggage and enough food for the group. We arrived on Monday afternoon, and installed the clinic immediately. Then we visited the water tower project and helped put a huge pipe in the ground. On top of the rock will come a large reservoir that will supply water to 15 taps in the village!
During this clinic, on Tuesday and Wednesday, we examined over 500 children, and this time there were also blind, deaf and physically handicapped children. We luckily had help from translators who knew sign language, and Phebe took care of various blind children by walking everywhere with them. Jiska did her first malaria test (including the needle part!) on her own and was very proud.
On the last morning we visited a center and school for deaf, blind, and disabled children. It was amazing what these kids learn and how they could make prostheses at a very social price. Some of the Black Forest Academy students did not really want to go home after the visit, they had all become very attached to these children.
We did the way back in two parts, and arrived home on Friday, April 11th. It was an exciting week, with the necessary power and water outages and temperatures above 40 ° C, but we were very encouraged by what the SIM mission in that region had already accomplished in the last 60 years. These children were relatively healthy and very playful, unfortunately that is not so natural here.
That same evening I (Ineke) flew to Belgium. I brought Lydia to the hospital on April 13th and then she had the surgery on the 14th. A number of fibers in the heart had to be burned away through a fairly simple procedure. Of course it was a bit suspenseful, but now she shouldn’t have episodes of rapid heartbeat and dizziness any more. We are grateful that it went well, the next day she was allowed to go home and she felt fine. Lydia is now back in school and must now start studying hard for her exams. Another good 6 weeks and it is already over!
Once we were back in Ouaga it was back to the same old routine, the school year is coming to an end and there is a lot of work to do. One of the things that take up a lot of time is the following up of the mobile clinics. This time, in Mahadaga we investigated a boy who had a tumor on his wrist for the last 4 years (about the size of an apple) . He was able to travel to Ouaga and today, Peter went to a clinic where they now have an MRI scanner (!). As feared his hand, possible his entire forearm will have to be amputated, but the tumor won’t cause any more damage.
Liesbeth has her finals this week, and after that she’ll do a course and work all summer. We are also thankful that we’ll be able to see her here.

Many greetings from us all, God bless!
Peter, Ineke, Liesbeth, Lydia, Jiska and Phebe Van Dingenen

PS: please note the changed codes below

www.tearfund.be

Peter and Ineke Van Dingenen
06 BP 9369
Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
00226 50 36 20 03
peter_and_ineke@vandingenen.com , pivandingenen@tearfund.be

for the UK: through ‘Stewardship’, account number is 20121779 (Julie Khan Giving Services Advisor – Recipient Support Tel: 020 8502 8560) E-mail: giving@stewardship.org.uk
for Belgium (via Tearfund):
IBAN BE41 4359 1900 0110, Swift KREDBEBB
mentioning ‘peter en ineke, code 25 vds for personal support, code 71pl becomes 71008 for the hospital and code 73pl becomes 73015 for the mobile clinics
Thank you for your support!

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