We are honored to be one of the IMB’s featured missionary families for this year’s International Week of Prayer. You can see all the families’ features from around the world on the IMB website. Here is a short article from imb.org about our ministry:
The Haun Family Story
It was near midnight when IMB missionary Dr. Heidi Haun had finished up an abdominal surgery and returned home. Her baby, Karen Jane, and son, Trey, 10, had long been in bed under the watchful eye of her husband, William.
The Hauns serve in Nalerigu, Ghana, and her patient was a woman who sells cabbages under a mango tree on market days in town. Heidi had planned to perform surgery earlier in the day, but the operation was delayed by an emergency cesarean section. Still, after surgery that night, Heidi said the woman reached out to grasp her hand and thank her.
“I think that’s the neatest thing about having patients that live here in town…it leads to opportunities for relationship and gospel sharing,” Heidi explained. “I look forward to the opportunity to share Christ with her—more than just a patient-doctor relationship.”
- PRAY for wisdom and strength for the national medical staff and administration of the Baptist Medical Centre as they serve an overwhelming number of patients every day.
- PRAY Heidi and William will manage time wisely to avoid exhaustion and burnout as they work their time-consuming jobs in surgery and media.
Heidi does her fair share of amputations at BMC in Nalerigu, Ghana. Sometimes they are due to traumas but sadly, many of the amputations are due to poor wound management. A snake bite treated unsuccessfully with traditional medicines. A wound not cleaned properly that festers and becomes gangrene.
A few months ago, she had a series of amputations to do in a short period of time and became aware that the theatre only had one manual bone saw and it couldn’t be sterilized fast enough to do the all the amputations necessary. She ended up doing all the cases but had to spread them out across several days so that the tool would be available.
A medical volunteer who was coming out heard about that issue and generously provided a high-powered, battery-operated bone saw kit for Heidi’s work. We’re so grateful that God brings people along at just the right time who bless us with their generosity.
Last week our soak away, the drainage pipe and stones underground, from our main bathroom was blocked and overflowing. I hoped it was just some gunk clogging it at the start of pipe but it turned out the entire 40 feet of 3″ pipe was crammed full of tree roots.
The bad news was that we had to dig up the entire pipe as well as the soak away pit which is full of stones. The really bad news was that the pit was a whooping 8’x12′ and 4′ at its deepest! The really, really bad news was that when it was created 30+ years ago, the stones were covered with toxic asbestos roofing!!
The good news was that we were just dealing with drainage from the bath tub and sink (not toilet sewage) and I had some friends help me out.
Five days later we had it replaced, covered, and draining well. Let’s pray that this round lasts another 30+ years.
I found this little fella while digging up old drainage pipes in my yard. In Mampruli, the Worm Snake is called a kpariwaafu or “Farmer’s Snake.” Some call it kpaŋwaafu or “Guinea Fowl Snake” because the birds like to dig them up and eat them.
Here’s are some details about this tiny snake from the fantastic book West African Snakes by G.S. Cansdale.
Members of one of these small families, known to naturalists as Worm Snakes, are seldom recognized as snakes. They are very small, measuring only 5-7 in. when fully grown, and with a body about as thick as a pencil lead. The mouth is minute, with some very small solid teeth, in the lower jaw only, and these Worm Snakes feed entirely on tiny insects, especially ants and their eggs. Some 8 different species are found in various parts of West Africa, mostly in the dry country outside the high forest, but they have been collected so seldom that their habits and distribution are still little known.
The colour of these tiny Worm Snakes varies from pale brown to blackish. The scales are always rather smooth, shiny and dry, distinguishing them at a glance from worms; examined under a lens, they are seen to have no more than 14 rows of scales around the body. The eyes are scarcely or not at all visible, and the body is of more or less the same thickness throughout its length. Worm Snakes seldom come above ground on their own and are usually found by pure chance. The only specimens I received were found by small children while hoeing their farm plots.
Here’s a look at how Trey & KJ are growing. Trey is now 10 and KJ will soon be 1½
The agama lizard owes money so the monitor lizard stops going to market.