More Travel

I woke up at 2 in the morning today which is about what I expected. My body thought it was really 4 p.m. and thought it was time to wake me up from my afternoon “nap”.

The travel to get to Chipata was quite intensive:

Los Angeles to London: 10 hours 20 minutes
London to Nairobi, Kenya: 8 hours 30 minutes
Kenya to Lilongwe, Malawi: 2 hours 5 minutes
Malawi to Lusaka, Zambia: 1 hour 10 minutes
Lusaka to Chipata (by bus): 12 hours

The worst part of the trip was the bus ride. The driver was great but the road was riddled with so many potholes that you could barely accelerate to a descent speed. Then, when we were about an hour from Chipata (where Mwami Hospital is) we hit such a fierce pothole that it knocked our front wheel out of alignment. The pictures below show what we were dealing with. The pothole knocked our left front wheel so far back that it was rubbing against the underside of the bus.

I swear that these people are truly geniuses. I had made a couple of suggestions which kind of worked, but what they did is that they put a huge rock behind the wheel and reversed the bus on the rock. Each time they did this it knocked the week forward more and more. This idea got us back on the road. Although the road was rough, it was great to finally arrive at Mwami.

The head doctors (well actually the only doctors at Mwami Adventist Hospitals) are both Filipino. Dr. Ang was trained as an anesthesiologist in the Philippines but learned how to be a general surgeon while he was at Mwami. Dr. Peduche was trained as a OBGYN. At many misison hospitals in Africa you will see this kind of set up. The hospital’s doctors are either Filipino, American (white), Russian, Dutch, etc. The Lord has surely led these doctors to their respective mission fields but my questions is: Where are the black missionary doctors? I know that God is not partial or racist in choosing the hearts that He tugs towards mission service. Why are we not heeding the call? You have no idea what it means to the people here to see a black American doctor treating them.

Anyway, I haven’t met Dr. Peduche yet, but we ate at Dr. Ang’s house tonight. Their house is absolutely beautiful. Much more so than the concept of a missionary house that I had. Dr. Ang has been here for 15 years serving the surrounding rural communities. His family is amazing too. They have 1 girl and 1 boy, and their mom can cook out of this world.

There is so much more to write but I have to sleep and get ready for our first day tomorrow!

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