Merry Christmas!

Dec 27, 2014

Joyeux Noël! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas as we celebrated the birth of Christ! Though the weather didn’t feel very Christmasy here in Mango, I had a wonderful Christmas celebrating with my teammates. I enjoyed a Christmas Eve dinner hosted by the DeKryger family and then joined several of the nurses in caroling at the houses of the missionaries who live on the hospital compound. Christmas morning we had a singles’ brunch and I thoroughly enjoyed all the good food as well as the company. Christmas afternoon/evening we had a Togo North Team Christmas celebration including an white elephant gift exchange that was quite fun! I finished off my Christmas by watching It’s a Wonderful Life with several of my teammates.

Though it isn’t easy spending the holidays far from family, I am thankful for the friends the Lord has provided for me here in Togo and for your prayers and encouragement! Continue praying for us as the opening date of the Hospital of Hope is fast approaching and there is still much to be done in the hospital. Also, many of the Togolese staff who are transferring from ABWE’s hospital in Tsiko (southern Togo) will be arriving in Mango the first of the year. Please be praying for a smooth transition for them and their families. They are sacrificing much to come serve a the Hospital of Hope. I will be heading down to Tsiko on January 9th to spend 3 weeks working at the Hôpital Baptiste Biblique learning to care for patients with diseases I’ve never seen before and with the resources available here in Togo. Also, I just received my moto- I am thankful for it but please pray for safety as I learn to ride it and then use it as my main form of transportation around Mango.

Bonne année et bonne santé! Happy New Year!