"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."
1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)

3 weeks to go, 9 patients waiting

 22 days till Zambia!

I had breakfast with Chris this morning in Temple on my way home from Austin. It was so nice to see her and visit! I found out that the resin that was shipped has arrived at New Day...whew! The resin was absolutely necessary to have for fabrication for the prostheses, so that's a big relief to know it arrived safely. Chris and John have also been busy sorting and packing supplies that we need into the plastic tubs for checked luggage on the planes. They also found out that the Choma clinic we visited last year has 9 patients lined up for us to see. 5 below knee amputees and 4 above knee amputees. Plus, we'll want to see everyone, or at least everyone that can come back, that we made prostheses for last year to check up and give new supplies. Since Alnold, Luyando and Luckson are children and are growing, they will likely need new sockets made. So...we've got a busy schedule lined up and likely more people than I just listed to see. I am thankful that our contacts at the clinics/hospitals have gotten the word out to amputees. 

Last year, I was worried about having to turn people away if we couldn't get to everyone in the short time we're there. Thankfully, that did not happen, and we were spared the heartbreak of having to turn someone away that needed a prosthesis. I don't know if it will work out the same this year. I pray that if we do have to turn someone away because we just don't have enough time or materials, that they will be understanding of the situation. 

I was able to give Chris several pairs of shoes from a podiatrist's office in Denton for packing in the plastic totes to take with us. Shoes are definitely a necessity since some people we see do not have shoes, and the prosthetic feet need to have a shoe to protect the foot from damage. 

A big THANK YOU to the girls at North Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists for lots of shoes!

With just 3 weeks till we leave, we will all be very busy getting things in order for our trip including packing and getting our patients here taken care of. **Please pray for our final preparations....packing and remembering to take everything we need. Thank you for prayers and support for our mission! 

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