Happy Mothers Day! Well Melissa didn’t have to do any cooking today but that is mostly because she’s the doctor on duty today so she’s started her work day at 7:30 this morning, had a busy day of admitting urgent patients and rounding on all the patients in the hospital, and will remain on duty until tomorrow around 11am. Hopefully, the evening will quiet down and she’ll be able to sneak home and get some sleep. We dropped by the hospital to say goodnight after our team worship service before we headed home to put everyone to sleep. Melissa is an amazing mom and her boys really love her!
Saturday moto rides with Melissa have been a great chance to get away from the phone and work for a couple of hours and have also provided a great opportunity to see more of our village and surrounding area. Many of our non-hospital photos have come from these rides. We are so thankful that Aunt Megan has volunteered to hang out with the boys for these rides. She heads back to Boise for the summer in just a couple of weeks and we’ll be looking forward to her return (even if it does mean an new school year).
It turns out there is a beach here in Mango… On the weekends this area of the Oti river is very populated. Children are swimming and helping with laundry, people are bathing, and all this is less than 40 yards upriver from where the pumps pump all the water into the city that everyone uses and eventually drinks.
Today was Labor Day in Togo. All the employees who were not working gathered in town to walk from the Mayor’s house to the regional Governor’s house where they listened to speeches. After that they returned to the hospital for a big meal together. The hospital provided the money for the meal for the employees and purchased shirts for everyone.