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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Whatever Lord 23 Oct.2012

Standing at the biggest waterfall, I’ve ever seen, I was just amazed by the power of the water, running over rocks, boiling and crushing everything in its path. The creation of God was just overwhelming at this point as I stood in the mist and in front of this beautiful creation of God. 

We were up in Stung Treng with friend Grahame and his wife, Katy. I arrived with my best friend, Malaria again at their home and had to sleep the fever off, first. By now the Malaria is playing havoc in my body and I am not sure, how many times this will come and haunt me?? I was on my way to Ratanakiri to help the Kring tribal people with my friend James. This is always an outreach that I treasure very much as the tribal people are very dear to my heart. Another friend Ian, a Kiwi, came with and together we tackled the mud to Koklak. Getting there is always an adventure. 

They were waiting for us when we arrived and we made short time to start to help them, off course after a dip in the river to get all the dust and mud of our bodies….. Cough and colds and ear-infections were the most common illnesses but we also came upon my good friend, Malaria as well. These places are a breeding place for mozzies and they do not have any protection against these mosquitoes. 

Sixty percent of Cambodia's landscape poses a malarial risk. One million Cambodians are infected with malaria each year. Of those infected, between 1.5 percent and 10 percent in some remote provinces, die. Malaria remains one of the primary causes of mortality in Cambodia, however. Sustained efforts through local and national malaria control will be necessary to contain Cambodia's malaria epidemic. Drug resistance complicates effective treatment of malaria in Cambodia. Cambodia has the largest number of drug-resistant forms of malaria in the world. There are many reasons for this: Mosquitoes are developing resistance to certain insecticides; environmental changes are creating new breeding sites; and people are commonly not finishing the full course of malaria medications or taking cheap, ineffective antimalarial drugs available on the market. Malaria treatment in Cambodia is further complicated by poor drug quality. In recent years, counterfeit drugs containing no active antimalarial substance have been found in private drug stores throughout the country.

We also took the bikes and went over to the mountain of Phnom Chi. Brett accompanied me on this one and faithful partner, John also came along. Rainy season this year did not pose such a big deal here as most for the water already is gone. Lots of people already left the forest areas, seeking for better places to find work. Many were on holiday as we just finished the local holiday season. In Relose we found more than enough people to help and once again the medicines came in handy. This time we even met a man with serious Tb of the Spine. He can barely walk and when he shows us his back, it all confirms the illness he is suffering from. He does not want to go to the doctor as he does not have any money, but we advice him to go as it can save his life. Tb meds are for free through a program from the government. We can just hope and pray that he will make use of that. I will check on him from time to time. It is always good to spend time with our friends up in Kabal Domrey and encourage them to do better in proclaiming the word of God. Please pray with us for this place as ground is hard and people’s hearts are even harder for the Gospel. 

On the home front, Toinette is very busy with Gideon at home. We are encountering various forms of attitude and resistance from him, but God is good to us and Toinette is getting better in training him every day. Toinette is also enjoying teaching at Ywam on Women’s Health issues. Anton is just the happy-go-lucky person he is all day and enjoy life.

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