Monday, 6/23/14

Well, I’m pleased to report that the penultimate full day of teaching is just absolutely ordinary. The morning sessions go well; chai is chapati and tea; the ladies make several kinds of pizza for lunch, and the most popular kind by far is the ham and pineapple; and the afternoon session is normal too. Maybe the kids think we’ll be sad to see all this come to an end if they behave themselves for the last couple of days. Ah, but we have memories.

We cancel the semiweekly game time at 4 pm because we’ll be having camp Wednesday through Friday. That gives the games people some extra time to plan for the camp logistics.

Supper is fish again; we’re going to work the ugali and daga into a Little Red Riding Hood skit toward the end of the week, so don’t let any of the children know.

In my group, Nathanael presents redemption to the girls for house devotions. He does a good job, except for using “foreordain” without defining it. 🙂 We have an extended time of prayer during team devotions, addressing some pressing needs as we wrap things up here.

Lots of planning afterwards for camp, and a little popcorn and Nutella just to round things out.

I tell the team tonight that this is the point in the experience when team members traditionally start to get sloppy. We haven’t had any sickness yet from carelessness, especially with regard to hand-washing—that’s the fecal-oral vector, for those of you who know what that means. No nausea or vomiting, which means that everybody has followed the protocol consistently and well. We need to not get careless here at the end. It has also not escaped our attention that one of the staff presented with malaria a few days ago; that means that infected mosquitoes are definitely in the area, and that in turn means that we need to take the netting and repellent seriously. The complicating factor is the incubation time for malaria: 10 to 14 days. That means that a team member can arrive home feeling fine and present with signs and symptoms several days later. And physicians in the US are often slow to diagnose malaria because they hardly ever see it. So if someone you know 🙂 presents with body aches, fever, nausea, and vomiting, tell the doc to take the malaria possibility very seriously. Delaying treatment can worsen the situation, but the standard treatment is quick and effective, and people are typically back on their feet in 24 hours.

None of this is intended to scare you; in fact, it’s a routine fact of life in many parts of the world. So just be informed and move quickly if the symptoms match.

And have a nice day. 🙂

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Dan Olinger

Chair, Division of Bible in the BJU School of Religion.

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