Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday, July 18

Good evening from Namwianga! Actually, it’s almost good morning here. We are pushing the midnight oil trying to get everything packed and ready to go out tomorrow morning.
Today we had team members going out to four different places for church. One group walked 2 miles to attend services at the Basic School; some went to Kalomo, others walked over 2 miles to the Tumango village church, and the remainder went to services at Johnson Auditorium here on campus.
After lunch and the team meeting, the annual King Canopy Competition was held. Now for those of you who don’t quite understand what this means, this should actually be an Olympic event. After all, if Curling and dancing around with a ribbon can make it, so should our King Canopy Competiton. There were three teams competing and they were judged for teamwork, speed, and the appearance of the canopy once erected. They were judged on the point system...just like the Olympics. The winning team received “bragging rights.” Seriously though, this is a fun way for the new team members to learn how to put up the canopies so no time is wasted when we are setting up the clinics. Afterwards everyone went in several directions to load the pharmacy, supplies, kitchen, dental, tents, etc.
To the family of Bill and Brent Green...they both arrived safely today.
This evening, the Namwianga community hosted a potluck for the medical team complete with speeches, singing and lots of good food.
And, as I said in the beginning, we are now trying to get our personal things packed to head out into the bush for three days. Tomorrow we will only be going approximately 75 miles; but it will be a hard 75 miles and should take us at least 5 to 6 hours...maybe more.
Please keep us in your prayers.