Mission, Summer 2016 Here are our three girls: from left, Carlee Reava, nursing student from Grand Junction, Colorado; Andrea Heiney, nursing student from Grand Junction, Colorado and daughter of Tim and Beth; Ariana Schulte, college student from St. Louis, Missouri, and sister of former volunteer Jeff Schulte. This is where I'd often find the girls, up on our roof. But that's where we spent the Night of Power, praying for our town. Tim had taken the three girls around our neighborhood to visit and greet. This was a big day of celebration! The girls each morning, ready to head in to the clinic. This picture was taken a day after everyone was sick, so they look a little bedraggled! Clinic worker Celline Conde working with Carlee to test out the blood pressure machine. We used this pharmacy area as a nurse's station during the time the girls were here. Andrea was invaluable in helping set up our accounting system on the computer and training Celline to enter the information each day. Special thanks to our friends at Hope Clinic in N'Zao for sharing their file with us! Early morning preparations. Ari's class didn't start until 9 so she was always there early. The man in the red pants is Amadou. He is a Christian who helps meet the spiritual needs of the patients, praying with each one that comes in. Ari's English class was held in the room where we have church on Sundays. The class grew to over 20 students by the end. We've decided to keep it going as the interest is high. Some more of Ari's class. Still one of my favorites! Because Ariana was working in two locations we hired Moussa, a local taximan to transport her from place to place. He did a great job of keeping her safe! Andrea and Carlee worked hard to make sure people were well trained in how to keep things clean and safe. They gave a lot of shots and we are able to hook people into IVs as well. We have several movies in Maninka that present the Christian message. One is the Jesus film, the other covers the whole bible. We play these for people to watch as they are waiting for the doctor. Andrea and Carlee put together a wound care kit and went out to several villages with Tim to look for wounds to clean and care for. Visiting the home of a local chief. In one village Tim always greets the oldest man of the village. He spent some time in Liberia, so knows some English. But he can't see real well anymore. Either way, he loved meeting the girls! Early in their visit we celebrated the end of Ramadan with our friend, Daye and his family. They prepared a meal for us. As people heard about the girls, more and more came out for care. Andrea cleaning a wound. The girls with the village chief in white and someone bargaining to marry Andrea on the right! I can't even count how many of those we had with three single girls there! Besides our class at the clinic, Ari spent several afternoons at another local English class. They were so appreciative that they gave her a special party at the end. They'd asked her what her favorite foods were and then had a chawarma and pizza for her that day! So special! The girls with Dr. Norbert. One Saturday, Chief Magassouba offered to take the girls on a hippo sight seeing trip. The girls with a very prepared Chief Magassouba! And they did see hippos! Lots of hippos! The girls were a big hit in our neighborhood and fell in love with the kids that came to see them. We still hear their names being called when we pass by! On the way back to Bamako to send the girls off we had an incredible day of hiking, swimming and orphanage visiting. Those are our girls at the top of the arch there! It was so amazing because as we drove toward this the sky looked like it was going to open up, but God seemed to kind of blow it all away just long enough for us to enjoy His creation!! A visit to the waterfall after the hike. It was our own private little paradise. On the way out we noticed a couple truckloads of people headed that way, so we were glad to have had the time to ourselves! Again, clouds threatened, but it didn't start to rain until just as we were ready to leave. God blessed us incredibly! Next stop, a visit to the orphanage. Ari missed it the first time when her plane was a day late, and Andrea and Carlee wanted to return, so here we are! This little guy grabbed hold of the soccer ball Andrea brought for the children and played the whole time we were there! Future star?? Spent some time just lovin' on the kids. They love the attention and the affection! Look at his little face!! It was lunch time when we were there, so he's waiting his turn. The little girl just crawled into Andrea's lap, then this guy decided to just sprawl over everyone! We sure enjoyed their little selves! Last stop for the day, getting the girls henna tattoos. This was one fancy design on Ari's hand and arm. Sunday morning we worshiped together at the Bamako International Fellowship. Our last day together, so a great way to start it out! And then out to eat afterward at the Broadway Cafe in Bamako. The girls then left that night. It was an amazing time together!