Where there is NO doctor

A few weeks ago we heard of a girl who had been burned when a kettle of boiling water turned over in her lap. We do have a clinic here but there is only a nurse on a regular basis and the hours are weekdays, daytime hours only. We assumed the girl had been taken to the clinic for treatment.

Today, we saw the girl while visiting friends and she could barely walk. We inquired if she had been to the clinic and the answer was no. So Claudia and Tsaba looked at her wound and immediately said she needed medical attention. All we could do was offer to take her back to our house, clean the wound with our limited medical supplies and apply some first aid cream.

First, we had Daqm ask the father if we could do this as the burn area had become infected and left untreated she could die. The father agreed. Tsaba and Claudia took care of the wound today. Tomorrow Jeremy will go, pick up the girl and take her to the clinic. The wound will be properly cleaned and the healing process begin.

Please pray for this girl. She and Anastasia share the same Ju/’hoansi name, /asa, which makes them sisters.

Living here has it challenges, the nearest 24/7 state run hospital with a doctor is over an hour away on a gravel road. The nearest city with a private hospital is 3 hrs away most of it on the gravel road.

The second part of the great commandment tells us we should “love our neighbor as ourself.” As Christ followers, this is key to us living out our faith. May we all find ways to love a little more. We know many have been able to help in new ways recently during the pandemic. Let us not grow weary and continue to let Christ Light shine through us in acts of kindness and may the darkness in this world be replaced with hope and light.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

2 thoughts on “Where there is NO doctor

  1. Dear Ones, We are praying for /asa. May God heal her wounds quickly. It is always good to hear from you. I was sharing your story with another missionary this week. You inspire me. May God continue to bless your work and your family.

    Your servant in Christ, Jack

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