Abigail goes home! Many thanks to all of you who have been lifting up Abigail during these last couple of weeks. Her surgery and post-operative course went well, if not long and protracted. She was released today to recover at home, much to the relief of Melinda.
A network of locals and expats alike who are interested in serving the orphaned and abandoned children here continues to grow and it is exciting to see how divinely relationships are being knit together. We are trying to develop a network and support system for those (focusing on locals) who are interested in foster care. Please join us in lifting up this effort. The importance of seeing every child placed in a loving home cannot be overstated.
JERICHO PROJECT continues to meet regularly. Some really fantastic women have been joining us, and some have been very proactive in collecting information about what is going on around the city. It is a huge blessing to have people who can search the Chinese language and help translate the meaning. I am learning so much about the situation here in NE China, but also about local culture. The women involve in JP have a heart for this work, but it is also necessary to do quite a bit of training and education about trafficking and prostitution and our response to this problem. The time spent together is so precious. Although we have not yet been doing much actual outreach, the internal work we are doing now is fundamentally important. Please continue to lift up our work here as well as continue to ask for more people to be involved.
The residency program continues to move forward as the resident continuity clinic slowly becomes more established. It has been fun and interesting to lead the residents to take more ownership and responsibility for their own work. They are not only learning how to see patients, but how to run a clinic, work together as a team, take care of their colleagues’ patients, and a myriad other issues.
Furthermore, we have recently had TWO new American faculty members join our group. One is a pediatrician and happens to be a good friend from the States. She is married to a family medicine physician. Their family is adorable! Although they will be focusing on language learning, they will still be available for some clinics and the curbside consults! YAY! Love to have more brains together on some of these medical questions!