Monthly Archives: December 2014

Happy Christmas 2014 & New Year 2015

Christmas greetings to all those who read our blog. Advent is a time of anticipation and hope as we look forward to the birth of the baby Jesus. As our time in Munda draws to a close it is also a time of anticipation and hoe at Helena Goldie Hospital. With no new “missionary doctors” to continue the tradition, responsibility for health care at the hospital will pass into the hands of the Solomon Islanders themselves. We feel very proud of the nursing staff who already do most of the work in the nurse-led health care system, but they do need the support of medical staff.
A few months ago an older lady was admitted to the hospital with a stroke. She never regained consciousness and died after a few days. “The problem is doctor, that her children are all educated and work overseas so there is no one to care for her” was the indignant comment from the nurse in charge. “Like me”, I replied. So when we heard that Mum was in hospital, being transfused and on oxygen, I knew that it was our call to return home sooner rather than later.
So we are now back in Britain, six weeks earlier than planned, there being no time for farewells which are so much part of their tradition. Fortunately Mum is improving and we hope to visit Munda next year. Thank you to all who have been interested to read our blog. The needs remain, but we have been privileged to be part of the work in Munda. We now seek God’s guidance for the next chapter of our lives. As John tells us at the opening of his gospel, Jesus came to be the light of the world. Whether it is us, the people of the Solomon Islands or the readers of this blog, the light will shine in the darkness if we let it, and give us hope for the future.