Work and play, not a bad combination

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Pillar of Fire

So a couple days have past since my last update, so here's whats been happening.  Sunday I went to a local church, called Pillar of Fire.  If that name sounds familiar it should cause I had gone to this church last year.  They had moved though, last year they were holding services in a bombed out two story building.  This year they were on their new land with a new church building.  A simple shelter with reed mat walls, a tin roof and a concret floor.  Very nice, very humble. They have plans to build a more permant structure in the future when they get the funds.  The service was nice, lots of dancing and singing, the message was about Jonah and how God is in control.  The people were very friendly and you can always make friends with the local kids.

Cute little boys at church
 

At work I'm doing plastic surgery now, no not face lifts and boob jobs, these are repairs to faces scarred by facial tumors and infections, skin grafts to cover burns, and much more.  Our surgeon is from South Africa and is super nice.  Today we removed contractures from a little boy's arm who had been burn by gasoline when he was 2.  Scar tissue prevented him from straightening his arm and destroyed his hand.  We freed up his elbow and arm pit and moved his pointer finger forward using k-wires to allow him to at least have a pincher movement.  His thumb and pointer finger are the only survivng fingers on that hand.  We also removed a large tumor from a little girl's forehead, she had tumors all over her body and we had already removed a tumor about 7,000grams from her upper leg last month.

Little girl with forehead tumor- before
 

So for the play part of this entry.  Lets see, played lots of games.  Settlers is always a favorite, we have designated times when we all get together to play, there's a group of about 6-10 of us that play on a regular bases, its only a game for 6 though so you have to be there first!  Played Killer Uno- like Uno, only you have to be paying attention a lot more cause you can end up with a lot of cards if you're not careful, very fun though.  Learned how to play Apples to Apples- an American phrase game that is really hard to play with non americans cause they don't always understand the significance of the phrase, but is really funny to see what they think about our words! 

We do a lot of eating on the ship, its a great way to make friends, but not so friendly on your waist line!  Had tea and biscuts (cookies) with the chaplains and all the other new arrivals.

Little girl with forehead tumor- after
  This was right after supper, than one of the cooks brought around freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, than I was invited to a Tim Tam Slam Party.  What, pray you say is a Tim Tam Slam?  Well its a New Zealand/Austrailian tradition (or so I've been told, there are some Kiwis who have no idea what a Tim Tam Slam is)  Anyhoo, A tim tam is a chocolate cookie with chocolate filling sandwiched together by 2 chocolate wafers covered in chocolate.  To do the tim tam slam, you need a tim tam (obviously) and a hot drink, and then you nibble off a corner on each end, use the tim tam as a straw to drink your drink and as soon as you get the liquid in your mouth you shove the entire cookie in your mouth.  The cookie just explodes in your mouth in a delightful burst of chocolate.  So yummy.  I think I need to do a couple more laps on the dock tomorrow though. 

Now I'm sitting up in the town square typing away on my computer with 4 other girls, one from the states, one from austrailia and 2 from canada, we're all exchanging pictures and chatting to each other on facebook, even when we are sitting right next to eachother, cause we can. 

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Pillar of Fire
Pillar of Fire
Cute little boys at church
Cute little boys at church
Little girl with forehead tumor- b…
Little girl with forehead tumor- …
Little girl with forehead tumor- a…
Little girl with forehead tumor- …
Connie & Jen
Connie & Jen
Scrubbing with Dr. Tertius
Scrubbing with Dr. Tertius
Dany and Sarah at our Tim Tam Slam…
Dany and Sarah at our Tim Tam Sla…
My roommate, Dany, takes a drink w…
My roommate, Dany, takes a drink …
My other cubbymate, Selina- a New …
My other cubbymate, Selina- a New…
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