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26 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 | Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay lacerated tongue, so John held me with his arms, checking every little while to see if I was still alive. It was a hellish trip, but we finally arrived at the hospital and were met by a doctor friend, who got me into surgery for repair of my tongue and a new dressing. We spent the night in the hospital with crowds of people coming and going—even into the surgery area. All our friends from the town came to see us—some weeping and wailing, others praying. My Ethiopian daughter came to see me and promptly fainted. I told them all, "No weeping and crying! We are praising and thanking God!" The next morning we were evacu- ated by Abyssinian Flight Services. The pilot suggested a plane-to-plane transfer at the Addis Ababa airport because, he said, "If you ever get into a hospital in Addis, you will never get out." Our daughter Heather finally convinced the airport authorities to let her come out to the plane. As she entered the plane weeping, I told her, "No crying! We are only praising God this month." She smiled tremu- lously. We were flown to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. I was immediately taken to surgery and knew very little for the next week. Our son John came from Kenya to help us, and our daughter Desta came from Kansas City. She stayed the whole two months I was in the hospital. Heather came with her family, and our son Chuck came from Kansas for a week. John had surgery to clean out his left eye. Fragments of bone and filling were extracted. He had no pain in his broken clavicle the whole time in South Africa. Many prayers were lifted up on our behalf—40,000 hits John Haspels, Kochi Boshebarke (top), and Golonyi Olekori (middle and bottom) baptize children in Ethiopia. Oftentimes the entire community gathers to witness the celebration.

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