The Harlings are (finally) in Africa!

We are so thankful for all of the support (either by prayer, financial, moral, etc) everyone has given us to get us this far! We are thankful to God for the calling He has placed on our lives to serve those in Africa. It’s been a whirlwind, but we were in Burundi July-August, came back to the US to deliver our third baby, Mark, and will return there, Lord-willing, in January. There are still some logistics to attend to (buying tickets, getting Mark a visa, getting all of our ducks in a row in the US) but we are hopeful to head back in just under two months! We’ve shared a lot of photos in our newsletters (by clicking here. They also give a lot of details if you have spare time and need some reading material!!), but here are a few more! We will be in Atlanta most of the remainder of our time here, and some in Fort Mill. Please let us know if you’d like to meet up before we head back across the pond!

This is a picture inside of our grocery store that is a 30 min car ride away. Since we can’t drive yet in the country, it takes a lot of coordination to even get to the store! There are about 4 isles like this, and that’s about it! We go “shopping” about once every 6-8 weeks and stock up!
We do get fresh, local produce, eggs, and milk on a weekly basis! We put in our market order on Tuesday, one of our team members tallies up all the orders, gives the large communal order to a local Burundian who goes to the market to buy everything, brings it back, and our individual orders are brought to our house in these huge baskets! This is an example of a weekly order (although I somehow ended up with someones cucumbers accidentally so I had to return those to their rightful owner!). Not pictured are our potatoes, onions, garlic, and 35 tomatoes! Why so many potatoes and eggs? Everything is from scratch. The dark fruit in the bottom of the basket are passion fruits. Don’t you love the cute snack-sized bananas?? There are about 10-15 other items (peanuts, eggplant, sweet potatoes, mangoes, oranges, etc) that I don’t get on a weekly basis but that are also available!
Learning how to round on the malnutrition inpatient unit was (and still IS) a STEEP learning curve. This is an example of a daily note – “Le 15/7/19, j3 dh APS + TD, GEANF, MAS. S/ Ampi/Genta j3, Art j3, F75. CAT: seroretro par la mère.” Literally translated in French means “Le 15 de juliet 2019, jour 3 de hospitalization, accès paludisme simple plus trouble digestive, gastroenterite aigue non-febrile, malnutrition aigue severe. sous ampicilline et gentamicine jour trois, artusinate jour trois, et F75. Conduite a tenir. Seroretro par la mère” And in English means the 15th of July 2019, day 3 of hospitalization, simple malaria plus gastrointestinal complications, acute non-febrile gastroenteritis, acute severe malnutrition. Meds: ampicillin and gentamicin day 3, artusinate day 3, and F75 (a special formula for severely malnourished children). Plan: test mother for HIV.
Crackers with olive oil, salt, pepper, and turmeric.
We make pizza every Friday night. Our house helper makes the dough and the sauce, Michael rolls out/tosses the dough and adds the toppings and cheese! The meat comes from a butcher in the capital 3 hours away (!!) and the green pepper came from our produce order.
I gave grand rounds about early onset neonatal sepsis!
Playing in the dirt…again. ◡̈
What do you do when you need centerpieces for a going away party and there are slim pickings? And a florist is hard to find/get to. Bamboo shoots for greenery, purple flowers from trees and a few remaining blooming bushes, and a few pink and yellow flowers from our flower beds in our yard placed in mayonnaise jars covered in tissue paper from a friend! Voila!
Michael in the OR with a medical student from Harvard.
I helped tach a course called “helping babies breathe” to local healthcare workers.
This is an arial view of Kibuye Hope Hospital. It’s grown a lot in the past five years! Michael and I walk across the field in the lower part of the picture to get to work each day. It’s about a quarter mile walk. I (Jenn) am usually accompanied by goats!

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