This Blog serves as two things: a photo-diary of our lives between 2007 and mid 2011, when we saw some incredible things and met some amazing people; and a reflection of our more normal lives since then.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Reality check

Saturday 24th April: This morning, all 5 of our family went to the Africa Mercy's Hospitality Centre 3 kilometres from the ship, to spend time with the pre-op and post-op patients. And man, it brought us back down to earth with a bang. The only patients we see on the ship are those with dressings covering their wounds; we rarely get to see their conditions before their operations, but at the HC today I saw the worst case of burns I have ever seen - on a little boy, who had lost his upper lip, nose, left eye and left ear. How he survived these burns is a mystery for me. He tried to wear the sunglasses of one of the gals in our group, but they fell off because he had no nose or ear to keep them on. Maybe Dr Tertius will be able to give him a new nose and lip next week. We also saw a lady with facial tumours growing out of tumours - she must have 5 hanging off her cheeks and chin, a couple of them the size of footballs. Likewise, maybe she'll have a new face this time next week. Although our trips to the HC are always hot, uncomfortable and long (especially for our kids), they serve to remind us of what life is all about and why God has called us to work with Mercy Ships. Olly

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