At the end of May, we welcomed two Liberty University students: Emily and Mary. They are studying nursing and community health and wanted to experience health care in a rural African setting. Timu is an ideal place for that! They will be with us through the end of July and have been working alongside me for the past month. We've been doing clinic Tue/Thur/Sat as normal. Then on Mon/Wed/Fri they go down to the village school and teach lessons. They do both Bible and health lessons, then play games with the kids afterwards. These ladies have been a huge blessing to us already and we're so glad for people like them who are willing to sacrifice their summer to work alongside us in ministering to the Ik.
As is my way, this blog is a photo journal of our month.
People started showing up at our gate needing help in extracting the jiggers. Most people can see well enough to pull the jiggers out themselves, but we've given special attention to the elderly because their eyesight is failing and they have more difficulty getting the jiggers under control in their homes. Above: Mary spent several hours one morning on this woman. It is a painstaking process to get each jigger sack out. We use a safety pin and tweezers to gently roll the jigger out of the skin.
Many days we feel like the pied piper as we walk to and fro.
Oh, and they dance whenever possible. My grandma Doris made them swishy skirts, which they request to wear often for the swishy effect.