Archive for April, 2012

April 23rd, 2012 - 16:01 § in Medical

Joy to the pediatric ward

Jessica has a sweet grandmother and a monkey. Her mother died from AIDS. She is 6 months, and has been infected with HIV and tuberculosis, a combination that we unfortunately see often. Her grandmother carries her in: malnourished and cramped- she weighs only 3 pounds. We’re glad she came,[...]

April 23rd, 2012 - 15:58 § in Church

Being blessed and being a blessing

We went to Gabon to improve our French and for Tabitha to work at the hospital. But it has been our prayer that we not only would be blessed, but that we would also be a blessing. Looking back we see that Jan as well – next to all Tabitha’s work in the hospital – has contributed [&he[...]

April 23rd, 2012 - 15:53 § in Family

Simon 1 year old!

We celebrate that Simon Dingeman Kieviet is now one year old! His name means “he who listens and speaks justly.” It is a testimony about our God, and a blessing we want to give to Simon. While we rejoice we join Moses singing this song: Then Moses spoke the words of this song until they [&hellip[...]

April 23rd, 2012 - 15:45 § in Church

Enjoying equality

Every Sunday morning we are awakened by the joyous music that echoes from the church to the hospital and the homes of hospital staff. At the door we are warmly welcomed by the  midwife. The man who always collects the garbage sings in the choir. We keep a little distance from the[...]

April 19th, 2012 - 18:17 § in Medical

Sadness at the Pediatric Ward

Knowing there are children dying in Africa is hard, but seeing a child die is terrible. Milani gasps for breath as he is brought into the Pediatric Ward, he’s only 2 months old. A severe pneumonia, maybe TB or HIV, it looks serious. I continuously walk in to see how he’s do[...]

April 13th, 2012 - 12:46 § in Africa, Medical

Myths around pregnancy

“When you eat an egg during pregnancy your baby will be born bald…” An American guest-gynecologist reveals some pregnancy myths. “And when you stretch both arms high up; the umbilical cord might get around the baby’s neck.” “We relate a circulating umbilical cord to a pregnant woma[...]

Familie Kieviet in Senegal