From Dale Aitken, visiting in the community:
Today, we were out with the teams in Mahushu and Mthimba. The Ventura people-carrier is on its last legs in every way. Mamatjie put in just R100/5.9l. of petrol today. Given the state of the engine and the rough terrain it has to deal with, we reckoned it might give 20mpg. There are four people carriers, two of which don’t seem to be used at all.
We then moved on to Mthimba, with Cresta, Queen, L? and Constance, with Mamatjie still driving. Our first call was to a Joa. with AIDS, who had also suffered a stroke. On medication for five years. Her son, Mbo. was a security guard near Graskop, who was only able to come home from time to time. He has trained as a game ranger, but has been unable to get work as one because he failed his matric (because he was fretting about his mother’s wellbeing). The rest of the family have ostracised the woman, presumably because of her illness. Mbo. was trying to do for his mother what his father didn’t do: everything. It was moving to hear.
Next was San. and his sister and family. He had had a stroke and was on ARV treatment. We left a food parcel. And some sweets. We discovered that Frank and Ruthie Wey always have sweets for the children, so when they see the Ventura, they expect sweets!
We visited Jef., who has TB, drug-resistant I think. He lives alone, and walks a long way four times a day to his relatives’ house, where they give him food. He was given a food parcel so that he could prepare his own meals and not have to walk so much. We had passed him earlier, walking towards his house, and it was clearly not easy to walk.
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Finally, we visited Chr., an old woman with some undiagnosed skin complaint. She had been to the clinic and the hospital, but with no effect. Again, she had ‘rub-rub’ applied and a supply left. Her daughter and family were caring for her.
Every house we visit, we are asked to pray for the patient and family, sometimes just Matthew or I, occasionally all together.