Today, Saturday, we spent much of the day at a local beach, resting and swimming. This evening we had our farewell in the village. I gave a message on God’s love for the weak and those other people take little note of. Then I met with the village chief and elders to turn over the $1,000 of seeds we brought for them to plant. These seeds, when grown, will provide a much better diet as well as providing cash crops.
We leave at 8 a.m. to go to the Yasawa Islands to deliver eight wheelchairs to those who need them.
Thanks for your prayers!
Today, the last day of the outreach, we were in the village of Koroula, our host village. These people have been so incredible! But that’s the norm here in Fiji. We treated 90 patients, which does not include the 40 who got glasses from us two nights ago. Of those 90, 81 were dental patients from whom Tom extracted teeth. Our doctor saw 40 people. We gave away another 15 pairs of glasses. Twenty accepted Christ.
First thing in the morning our beekeepers extracted two buckets of honey from the supers (top hive boxes) they brought over the previous evening when they moved the first group of hives to the high school that is now the center of our beekeeping/agriculture component. So we have extracted a total of 7 buckets of honey. We don’t have a scale, so don’t know how many pounds that amounts to. But it is a tremendous harvest from hives that have not been adequately maintained over the last 12 months.
Tonight after supper our beekeepers went out to move the last of the hives from the villages to the school. One of the trucks broke down before the first village hives could be moved. So the team went to the second village to move the eight hives from there. We need an adequate plan to get the other hives moved over as soon as possible. Please be in prayer about that.
This was international anti-drug, anti-child abuse day. I was assigned to address the entire 350 members of the student body and the staff on those issues. I emphasized that it is not enough to say “No” to anything. You must be saying “Yes” to something you truly value–life. I told them my own life story dealing with an alcoholic father and poverty. I received a number of favorable comments regarding what I had to share.
In total, we treated 1079 individuals. Our dentist extracted teeth from 241 people, many with multiple extractions. Our doctor saw 248. We gave out 391 pairs of reading glasses. 216 individuals accepted Christ. This has been an awesome outreach.
Tomorrow we take a day of rest. Sunday we head to the Yasawa Islands to take 8 wheelchairs to folks that need them. That will be very rewarding.
Thanks for your ongoing prayers. We have had some relatively minor stomach problems after the first evening when you prayed for healihg for the three of us that were having significant stomach problems
Another great day. We saw 559 patients, possibly a record for all of our outreaches in a single day. 102 individuals accepted Christ. Our dentist extracted teeth from 50 people. We gave out 129 pairs of glasses, exhausting our supplies, and our doctor treated 96 patients.
Our memorandum of understanding with the various agencies and individuals working with us in the bee-keeping and agricultural projects is almost finished. This has been quite an undertaking to achieve unity among us all as regards a number of complicated issues regarding ownership of assets, training expectations, production requirements, etc. This is to build a healthy bee-keeping and agricultural base that will provide nutritional food choices to the people of the rural areas, jobs that will employ especially women and youth, and all within a structure that encourages discipleship and spiritual growth. All parties will sign the memorandum tomorrow afternoon.
Our beekeepers extracted honey from all of the hives in our project and moved almost half of the hives to their new location at the vocational school in Lome Wai village. The reconditioned sewing machines we bought will be delivered to the school tomorrow. There is a lot of excitement and anticipation for all these components to begin to come online soon.
Tomorrow we set up our clinic in Korokula Village where we are staying.
Please continue to pray for us as we finish up our outreach.
Thanks and Blessings!
In the first two days we have already seen and treated 430 people. 94 have accepted Christ. Dr. Tom has done extractions for 110 individuals, many have been multiple extractions. In addition he has done oral inspections for an additional 249 primary students. We’ve given out 247 pairs of reading glasses. Dr. Joe has seen 112 patients.
Last night after we returned to the village where we are staying, one of the head men came and asked Dr. Joe if he could come and see his 81 year-old aunt who was having bad asthma. She had run out of her inhalers 2 weeks before and was getting worse each day. When Dr. Joe arrived, the woman was in very bad condition. He had located an inhaler and managed to give her a few puffs. This revived her somewhat. He began to talk to her about the Lord. She apparently had never become a Believer. As he talked with her, she indicated a willingness to accept Jesus. He led her in a prayer of acceptance. As she finished he asked her if she knew she would be with Jesus if she should die. She smiled and said “Yes.” That was the last word she said before her immediate death. They are held her memorial service in the village church a few minutes ago.
J.J., Jim Whitney’s grandson is a bit ill, so he has gone to bed early. Stomach problems again. The rest of us are still well, PTL!
As Jim was working at the High School in the shop, he discovered that the table saw, a commercial one, virtually brand new has a bad motor. Of course, though it has only been used about 2 months in the last 12 months, it is out of warranty. It is a Mikita, which is allegedly one of the best. This would leave Jim Whitney with nothing to do the last two days in terms of his goals. By God’s grace, I was working at the clinic and asked the headman if he knew a qualified electrician. He pointed down the patio to a man who had come to be seen by us. He agreed to go to the school immediately and inspect the motor. Seems the brushes may be bad. He promised to come over tomorrow and repair whatever needs to be repaired to get the saw working by Thursday. Again, PTL!
Mike and Alan finished the inspection of the hives in Emuri, Semo and Nabau. Though no one has been in the hives for the last 12 months, only 4 are totally dead. The live ones all have healthy queens, which is remarkable. We met with the village elders to come to a consensus as to what needs to be done. They agreed to allow all the hives to be harvested and then moved to the secondary school for rehabilitation over the next 6-12 months. During that time their beekeepers will receive more training at the school as they attend to their own hives. After the hives have been restored to full health, the villages that want them will have their hives restored to them. By concentrating the hives in the secondary school, where the equipment has been moved to, and where we will hopefully also have a commercial sewing machine, we will have a major training center for young people and adults. This will provide a strong base for our ongoing projects
Thanks for your prayers.