Medical to the remote

This Blog is all about the work of God. Nothing we do is without the knowledge of our Father. He is the soul provider for everything we do.
We are Mordegai, Toinette, Suzaan,Gideon and Anton Rossouw from Namibia-Africa. . This Blog is all about our lives here in Cambodia while Suzaan works in South Africa. We are real Farmers from Africa and we love life and what it have to offer and enjoy it day by day.

Mordegai travels to remote villages up in the far North of Cambodia, doing much needed medical work ,where no other doctors go, with local pastors as well as the Department of Health of Ratanakiri.

Toinette is at home with the boys. Homeschooling Gideon is a task not for sissies, while Anton is in Eli school. .She joins FGC Community Link Cambodia to the villages close by, teaching local children in an after school setting and also women about Health Issues in a village setting.

We consider us Asians as we live such a long time in Asia, eating rice as a staple food and not meat......

Our motto in life comes from a dear friend:

With common sense and God we
can accomplish a lot

Robin Wales

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday night prayers 21 August 2017

Greetings from a very wet Cambodia. Rainy season started, or may I say, it hardly stopped from last year. There is lots of flooding due to illegal logging and I am sure it’s hard for some people due to their crops being destroyed. Pray for this fragile country.
Cambodia’s most important ecosystem, the Tonle Sap, is in crisis. Is the damage past the point of no return?  Millions rely on the Tonle Sap Lake for food and irrigation, and its destruction would have repercussions across the whole Kingdom. What can be done?

It is so good to sit in church and listen to the word of God. Listen to a sermon on Ruth yesterday. It was interesting to know that Haman redeemed Naomi and Ruth’s curse over them so they can be free again to enter the blood line of Jesus. I know of another guy that did that for us!! Jesus died on a cross so that we can have eternal life.  

It was a busy week for Acts Kouk Ro Say. We had a team here from Malaysia who taught Value class and helped with the Joshua Generation ( Bible study with teens on Saturdays).  A doctor from the team went with Twans and taught the Women in the village about diarrhoea, dental care and hygiene. The women enjoyed it very much. 16 mothers came and all their children. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were handed out.  We were encouraged to keep on working hard, that our labour is not in vain and that there would be much fruit. God is truly faithful; He is the one making the seeds that we sow grow.

Were reminded again this week to be more thankful. One of the teachers shared how touched she was to see the younger children being so thankful for their little food they have. They bring their lunch to school and sometimes it is really just rice and a little bit of dried fish. There is no hesitation to share and they are all so happy, no one is complaining because it is only a teaspoon full of dried fish or boiled egg again. They are an example to us.

Listen to Fe speaking in church and giving her testimony on how good God is for her, in the mist of absolute turmoil. She stood small of stature, but tall and brave in front of the church and tell everyone that she still believe in God to heal her. Wow she makes us feel so ashamed for complaining about our small problems. Please pray with us as she is back in the Philippines. Thursday 24 August is a big day as she will get her first chemo. Here is something in her own words.
God's grace is sufficient for me... For His strength is made perfect in my weaknesses (1Cor. 12:9) I could not imagine how I managed to accomplish what I needed to finish in a week time. GRACE!
- it was timely for our school's opening program. Surprised! Saw a great transformation not only in the school but also teachers who stepped up to the challenge. Blessed to have this team! l will miss you teachers!
- meetings... Get together.. Prayer times
- Thank God for our spiritual family in CFSR Siem Reap. They have exemplified the love of God with the way they cared for us.
- praise God for my boys and my niece Chenee Joy Barrientos Samulde who have unloaded me with much work to do.
- Please cover me with more prayers for my First Chemo is coming on August 24.
- For my boys who are left behind in Siem reap that they will be made strong...
- For the school and other ministries to flourish and people running them will be more blessed.
God be Praised and everyone will be strengthened!

Continue to pray for my dear friend Jared and Emily Reid from Stung Treng. It is his birthday today and he sure needs some encouragement. He writes: “I’m 33 years old today, (yeah happy B’day to me, thanks), but despite my youthful appearance my body disagrees with my mind most days. It has been a season of accepting limitations despite my attempts to defy logic. This week I have relented somewhat, accepting that I am not 100% yet and need to slow down a touch. More than the physical though, is the mental game of finding the right balance of care and concern for my future health. I find it challenging to plunge head on into future plans and commitments with the small cancer monkey placing thoughts like lice into my head.”

I have been spending a bit of time with Jared, mostly on the bike, but that makes up for about 90% of our friendship,hahahaha. We went on a real muddy path down a river and out again. Was great catching up with friends and enduring a good workout for our bodies as well as our minds as well. Pray with us as we try to find ways in helping some of our friends on the mission field as well as working alongside them. God is good in letting us have good relationships with people.

Continue to pray for our brother Quinton. He is due for his next big Cancer test the end of the month. Pray for him where health and work is not doing well and makes for a very stressful environment. Pray for our economy in Namibia to go on the upswing again. Business is very difficult these days.

Thank you for standing with us and our friends, in prayer. It is a reminder for us every day to pray for each other.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday night prayers 14 August 2017

I have some time to kill here at home while waiting for my friends to be available for me to go on an outreach. Keep myself busy cleaning and doing maintenance around our home, much needed as its rainy season and way overdue…
While sanding down a piece of reclaimed-rosewood, I was just thinking of how Jesus did not mind getting dirty with our sins, so we could become clean. If I look like this after one piece of wood!!!

Love working with burned wood. This wood and many more, sat next to the road for more than a year, before I asked if I can buy it. Here they do not want this wood but you will not get it for free. After a few U$, nothing compared to the local prize for good wood, it was mine. The satisfaction is in seeing black wood, turning to natural colour.

Toinette is back teaching in the village. The students have their year-end holiday now and they try to bring more activities into the program. This week we will do a 3 day seminar on Puberty as we plan to do a “No Apologies” workshop early in September with the High School students. Please pray as we share that the students will feel free to share and ask questions. Some of our students are entering their last school year. They have grown so much in their character and love for God. Some of them will qualify for sponsorship for further education. Please let us know if this is something where you would like to contribute.
Praise God, there were 14 women at the last Health Teaching in the village. Pray that more will come and learn more. Especially for building of relationship to invite them to church.

Please pray for Toinette’s brother Quinton. They need to do further tests as as his cancer count is high. Please pray for him and his family as they are really going through a fire proof. Pray also for his business as it is also in the balance. Pray for encouragement,hope, strength, faith , healing and blessing.

Update on Fe’s Faith Journey
My family had lots of fun being in the Philippines despite the hurdles...Praise God and thanks to family and friends who have gone a long way to make our journey a pleasant one.
My treatment :
I will be back from Cambodia on August 21 and will have my first treatment on August 25. A bit anxious but trying to remain positive and trustful to God that He will work it out for my good.
Prayers : Please pray
- that I will be able to accomplish what I need to do in Siem Reap in a week time.
- for my health... Especially as I prepare for my chemo
-that I will have a happy disposition always plus my Faith would always be up!
-for our financial needs to be supplied.
Oh by the way friends I can't imagine myself being bald after my first chemo... I won't be exempted right? So I tried to practice putting on a scarf over my head. (see a photo here)
Thanks for the gift of family... Friendship and Christian brotherhood.

Some updated news from our friends Jacob and Carmen in Tanzania:
As you all know, I have been working towards transferring my USA commercial pilot license to Tanzania. The last thing I have left before submittal is to log six hours in a US registered aircraft. As it so happens, there is an organization which operates with US registered aircraft named FMS (Flying Medical Services). The plan is to log the hours during their medical evacuation flights.
This Saturday morning, I received a call. There had been an accident near Loliondo and two men had been severely injured. The first sustained broken ribs, a bad fracture just below the knee and a broken foot while the second had broken his arm along with other injuries. They needed a transfer to Arusha as the injuries were beyond the hospital's capabilities.
And, after 2.5 hours of flight (seven hours of work) I was back home. Though pretty tired, the day was not over. Carmen and I still had my brother's wedding to attend in Idaho at midnight. Skype is a wonderful thing.
Please be praying for 3.5 more hours of flight before the end of next week. This is the last thing I need before submitting for my license in Tanzania. It has been a long process and this is the last week I have left.

Thank you for praying once again

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday night prayers 7 August 2017

We had the King’s, Rob, Harna and little Emma with us for a week. Man did we had fun with a 2 year old in our house!!! To say the least, we survived or may I say the poor parents survived. We went all the way to Kabal Domrey on an outreach and all had to come with. 

First we did a medical in Thor Piang rosey and then on a very bad road to the church in Kabal Domrey. Off course we got stuck on the highway but it was no biggie for the newly named Maximus Prime – Nissan. At one stage Rob was sitting on my lap as we got stuck in heavy clay. Emma was sleeping through all of this. What a kid???

It was wonderful seeing my old friends again and experience how they live their lives daily. We are such privileges human beings, seeing need and can help wherever we can. We pray that God will use us to make a difference.

Saw little baby Joshua that you guys were praying for. It is indeed a miracle that he is still alive. He is such a little angel and joy to the family.  

Continue to pray for our good friend Fe and Noel. Here is an update:
August 2,2017 Journey Update
Found Myoma: Hesterectomy or Chemotherapy First???
Part of the Chemo preparation is to do some laboratories, ultrasound,sonogram,2d echo, and get hold of clearances from my doctors.
Surprised? I have a myoma on my uterus. Yet, I felt unmoved... what is Myoma compared to Cancer? And what are they compared to our God? So I did all the required ultrasounds and sonogram.Praise God! My OBgyne said, to go ahead with Chemo first unless my myoma makes me bleed and gives me discomfort.
1. Praise God I can go back to Cambodia with my family on August 13 and back to Manila on August 20...Ticket was bought just now.
2. Thank God for the overflowing prayers and support from family and friends. I have received P200K ($4,000)and we hope for some pledges to come. We will keep praying to raise at least (50%) or one million pesos or $20,000. This is with the hope that we will be approved in our request for an assistance from the distributor of Herceptin.
3. I have sent my application to the Dept of Health (DOH) for my first 4chemotherapy cycles. Let us praise God for people He is using to facilitate this.
Thank you very much for all your love and care!

Here is some fresh news from our friends Jacob and Carmen in Tanzania:

Toinette is full steam ahead into teaching. Pray that she will have enough strength to prepare all her lessons as she still teaches Gideon at home as well. The school is starting next week but she continues to teach both of them at home. Talking to JunMar, I just realise how difficult it is to teach the local boys some trade without making it off as just another little project. There are so many that come and do watered-down programs and that make people lazy to learn the real thing. Pray as he teaches the boys at the Man of Dignity Centre. It’s really a place where the boys can hear about God as well.

Thank you once again for praying for us. May God bless you all in this week to come.