"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)

Saturday, Sept 22- Monday, Sept 24: Our last patient and heading home...

On Saturday, we had our last patient before we left New Day for Livingstone. In April, Amanda and Carolin saw Junior, who worked with Amanda for therapy and Carolin casted him for hand splints for positioning of his hands. He has neurological involvement and has tone, or tightness, of his hands. Carolin fabricated these hand splints in Germany and sent them to Children's Nest Orphanage in Choma, where she has volunteered. Protashow picked up the hand splints on Friday when he took patients back to Choma for us to fit Junior on Saturday morning. 

Junior's parents came around 7:30am to the front gate of New Day. We did an initial fitting on the porch of the Ark but realized we need to make some modifications at the clinic.

Taking a look at the initial fit of the hand splints.

We had them get back on their motorbike and drive around to the clinic while we walked up the clinic.

We just had a do a few little modifications to get the fit just right. 

Junior's parents are such a sweet couple and so attentive to get all the instructions on how to use the hand splints to help keep his hands from getting contracted. 

After finishing up with fitting Junior, Protashow came to the clinic and let us know we needed to stop in Choma to see Cledness, who we had fit with her prosthesis on Friday. We grabbed a few tools and items we thought we may need to meet with her at a filling station. 

Wes and Laurie had loaded our bags in the truck already when we got back to the Ark. We had our final goodbyes and headed for Choma, then on to Livingstone. We only had to do a small alignment change for Cledness' prosthesis when we met her in Choma and got to Livingstone to check into the hotel we were staying at Saturday night. 

We headed to lunch at then to Victoria Falls. 

September is in the dry season, so there's not nearly as much water at the Falls than when we go in April. I kind of like that so we don't get so wet and can see more rather than all the mist.

It was so nice we were able to go for Louise to be able to see Victoria Falls!

We also did a self-drive game drive through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and saw a lot of wildlife! Protashow kindly drove us through the park and was a great guide. 

We saw lots of zebra.

And these two giraffes from a distance.

There were also lots of monkeys and baboons.

And we got to see this mother rhino and calf. (accompanied by armed guards, which was interesting). The guards know where the rhinos in the park are at all times since they are endangered. They guided Protashow on where to drive to see them, walked us really close to them and told us lots of facts about them.

I think this is an antelope...think. (pardon the side mirror of the truck on the left side of the picture).

And to Louise's delight, we saw a whole herd of elephants!

They were in the river, cooling off in the mud, and some were crossing over the road in front of us back to the grassy area.

Saturday was a busy day between seeing patients in the morning and getting a chance to be tourists in the afternoon! On Sunday morning, we stopped by the market downtown for a quick little shopping and then Protashow took us to the airport for our flight to Johannesburg.

The September PPIHN team! We got a group photo when Protashow dropped us off at the airport. What a wonderful trip! From Livingstone--to Johannesburg--to London--to DFW. We made it back home on Monday.

Thank you to everyone who continues to pray for and support Prosthetic Promises! I love sharing with you this day-by-day recap after each trip so you can see what all God is doing through this ministry. It's not just the team members who go on the trips, but everyone who is involved through prayers and support that makes PPIHN so amazing. We ALL get to join together to see how God is using us to make a difference in the lives of others...reaching out to love our neighbors. 

"Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself'." Matthew 22:37-39

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