Last week there was a flurry of activity with the arrival of our guests from Tampa, Florida on Monday. Introductions were made and discussions were held regarding the weeks activities and then Dorcas led everyone on a tour through our facility. The members of the team were introduced to the patients and the wonderful week-long visit began.
Tuesday we held one of our monthly support groups lead by Constance Khanye, who with Madira Kgwale was trained last month on how to run support groups. She taught them important basic information regarding HIV/AIDS and also allowed for discussions between all the attendees. Many asked questions for Dr. Sonja, some even openly announced that they were HIV positive. The meeting ended with card-making crafts with the team and a wonderful lunch of pap, chicken and veggies for all the attendees.
Wednesday the patients at Nakekela received another opportunity to create some more cards. It was amazing to see those who suffered paralysis from a stroke being able to use their hands to pick up stickers. We praise God for blessing the physiotherapy given by Riana Hattingh. Many of the patients showed their creativity with different designs.
On Thursday morning, a man walked about 5 kilometers to Nakekela to ask us for food. He is HIV+ and on medication, but didn't have any food to eat. We gave him some food and hygienic supplies to help him and his old mother for this month, informing him that we give these supplies in the name of Jesus Christ and we thank Him for our provision.
The rest of the day was spent doing home visits with the team to several different areas that our Home Based Care workers serve. The team had an opportunity to visit with patients, share God's Word and pray with them. It was very enlightening to experience the work that our Home Based Care team does daily.
The team members also contributed money for us to buy special heaters for each patient room. These heaters can be left on all day using very low voltage and keeping our patients nice and warm through the cold winter months. South African building generally do not have indoor heating or insulation and therefore the buildings can be just as cold (or colder) inside as it is outside.
Dear team and church members of Village Presbyterian; Thank you so much for sending your representatives to us and blessing us with their presence. Thank for donating enough cash for heaters in all of our patient rooms. We are truly grateful for your generosity. May God bless you and we look forward to seeing you again in the future!
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