Final Fun-filled Days in Macha
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We wrote thank you notes to the staff in various clinical areas, the dorms, the labs, etc. with who we interacted or assisted us over the past 2 weeks. On Friday, we divided those among ourselves to deliver in person to the appropriate area
Our students planned and led the chapel service for the Macha nursing students on Friday evening. We sang songs, read verses, performed a short dramatization, and prayed with an over-arching theme of hospitality. Our students thought such a theme was fitting theme since everyone was so welcoming to us here at Macha. We passed out Messiah College pens to all the students which they appreciated because pens are a hot commodity.
Today was especially terrific! We finally succeeded in meeting with a traditional healer. Doreen, the Macha School of Nursing Director, translated the healer's Tonga for us. This healer uses herbals in oral, topical and inhaled forms to treat a wide variety of conditions. He offered the students love potion several times throughout the meeting. Only a few students bought the mysterious liquid. (Just kidding!!) He had a diagnostic stick with a vulture bone attached to it that helped him diagnose a patient's condition. I'm sure your daughters will have much to tell you about that visit; it was very interesting. We also shed our chitenges to climb the water tower after lunch. Wanda led the way up the ladder to clear the spider webs for the rest of us. The weather was perfect; not too hot and not rainy. It was absolutely beautiful from up there!
This evening, we celebrated Wanda's birthday with brownies (graciously baked by Mrs
Tomorrow we will attend church. Then we hope to meet with the Environmental Engineer to learn about sanitation and clean water for the Zambian people and Macha Hospital. We are looking forward to our Safari excursion and trip to Victoria Falls on Tuesday/Wednesday before beginning our journey home.
Thank you for your blogs!
Amani, Wanda and Tara