The hospital took a pretty major hit this last week. A series of surges and dips fried our "new" x-ray machine. The power board and a few other things are pretty much burnt to a crisp. Emails are flying back and forth from PNG to our consultants in America about the possibility of getting replacement parts, which will probably cost a couple of thousand dollars to purchase and months to ship around the world.
|Power board from the x-ray machine.|
The white thing with the red/orange stripe is the main part that got fried.
In the mean time, our team of x-ray technicians have done a great job keeping us going with the portable x-ray (which is also on its last leg) and our old machine (which we can hardly believe continues to work). We are so thankful for their hard work and flexibility.
|The x-ray lain (from L --> R): Mr. Lakawa, Pamela, Joseph|
BTW, the white girl in the picture is our x-ray taking, dish-washing, lemon-squeezing, South African roomie extrodinaire Pamela. She is volunteering at Nazarene Hospital for the 5th time, and is 1/2 way through her 6 month stay. It is so wonderful to have our friend here with us again!
This blog is also a great opportunity to update you on the new hydroelectric dam. The project is well on its way! And when it is finished, we should have plenty of stable, cheap, non-equipment frying kind of power to supply the hospital. The water canal is almost complete. The workers have started building the actual dam, although recent heavy rains have made that a bit more challenging. Please continue to pray for this AWESOME project.
|Andy and the "hydro guys," canal in progress.|
"There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light."
~ Revelation 22:5