8/03/2012

Duplantis Update, Aug 3, 2012

Dear Friends,
After 5 months and 10 days away, over 22,000 miles traveled(air and ground) and some 30 different beds slept in, we are finally home in Cavango!  Kids came pouring out of their huts, running to greet us and yelling "Cili Wino! Cili Wino!" (Peter's tribal name that means "it is good") bringing tears to our eyes as did the bear hugs we received upon getting out of the vehicles.   It was a warm welcome home!
Today we have spent catching up on the news of the mission and clinic and we are told all is well.  We had been warned not to expect too much from the clinic as one of the main nurses had to leave in June, but instead of bringing the clinic down it seems to have caused the remaining staff members to pull to together and carry on with renewed vigor and they have seen even more patients!  A quick reveiw of the statistics today shows that they registered 60 patients for July and a few months ago they were only getting about 10, so that is a huge blessing!  With the "bad apple" out of the barrel it seems that there is hope and vision and the patients even sense it.  Please do pray for us as we want to start some weekly community outreach clinics for maternity and children, and include an evangelistic outreach with this, so no doubt there will be increased spiritual warfare. 
Praise, too that we found all our "personal" interests in order too - the dog, the cats, the house, the garden are all doing well having had the very good care of Tio Isaque - or Uncle Isaac - who agreed to be the "guard" while we were gone.  He is a huge blessing - trustworthy and hardworking - so praise the Lord for him as well.
Well - that's just a quick catch you up!  Thank you for your part in all that we do - I wish you could get to see the delightful happy faces greeting you too! 
Running the Race Together,
Peter and Shelley Duplantis
Advancing the Gospel in Angola, Inc
 
Field Address:
C.P. 33 Lubango, Angola via Portugal
 
Home Office Address and Donations:
25 Maple St.,  Addison, NY 14801 USA
Acct:  01002
 
Reaching the poor and needy of central Angola for Christ by providing logistical support for Church and Clinic ministries through hospitality, transportation, education and services, by raising awareness of their need, and by raising funds for projects.
 

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