Resources…. I’ve been thinking about them a lot lately here in Tansen. Perhaps it’s not good to spend too much time dwelling on why it all seems so unfair – that there are some countries in the world where you can be sure that if you go to the store for something, it will be there, while in other places there is hardly even a store to go to!
I think it started not with thinking about food items, but about a road. This road is the one leading from the hospital up to where our house is located.
I hope you can see that the top portion is “paved” with cement, but the bottom is mud and rock and hardly can be called a road during the monsoon. So, I finally asked someone why the road was only paved halfway down the hill? Well – there is an answer! There was money allocated by the town government to pave the road to the bottom of the hill. However, when the work was being done, a tree was cut down or knocked over and it hit electric power lines and broke them. The cost of cleaning up the tree and fixing the power lines finished off the money left to pave the road, so – here it continues to sit – at least 2 years after the fact. Surely there is some money somewhere to fix that little bit of remaining road??
Electricity is a resource we have come to regard as a privilege here rather than a right. We’ve had several long power cuts here due to problems with lines – one was 3 days, and the other 2… Someone asked us the other day – “Why are there so many power cuts in Tansen?” That is a question to which there never seems to be an answer! Sometimes we try to phone the electric office, but other than agreeing with us that the power is out, and that something is broken, they usually can’t give us much information!
At the moment, butter is not anywhere to be found in the bazaar. Every day I go to one of the shops and ask, and every day the answer is, “Bholi auncha”. (It will come tomorrow.) Sigh. I guess that the baking of cookies will be on hold for the time being.
The last few days the rains have let up and we’ve enjoyed sunshine and blue skies. This means it is much hotter than what it’s been, but it is good to feel a bit dry for the moment. It is too early for the monsoon to be over, so we pray that the rains will continue to be enough to get the rice grown and harvested!
People resources were quite low at the hospital last week – at least doctor resources. Between people being away, and unexpected illness, Les and one of the other docs each had to do 2 nights on call during the week, which is not usual. The patient numbers are not going down – there seems to be an unending stream of ill and injured people heading into the hospital every day. Many nights most, if not all, the 165 beds are filled in the hospital.
We’ve been happy to see that God continues to send babies – we’ve had some joyful stories here recently. One lady came in and delivered triplet boys – all weighing in at 1.7 – 1.8 kg (each)! She was pretty worn down but a proud mom! The proud grandma ushered us in to see the 3 newborns.
Another lady came in recently, and one of the doctors examined her and determined there was no fetal heartbeat. She was sent to ultrasound, and they couldn’t find anything there, either, so they told her the baby was probably already dead and she would need to deliver it. However, a hand came out first, so they quickly sent the mom for a c-section, and when the baby was lifted out, she was alive and breathing! A special miracle in the O.R. that day.
We are thankful that we don’t have to depend on our own resources to do the work here – God sustains us even when we are feeling worn down or too tired to continue working! We get emails or encouraging cards right when they are needed, a friend comes by to visit, or we hear a good message at a worship meeting. Thanks for so many of you who pray for us, give to us, and keep in contact with us. We so appreciate it even when we don’t get answers sent right away. Thank you for being part of God’s work to share resources to far places of the world!