If you ever happen to get me started on talking about the things I love, I’d probably start with journaling. 🙂 But then, as the conversation continued, I would probably start talking about my favorite authors. Soon enough, I would be convincing you to read a book called “The Practice of the Presence of God,” by Brother Lawrence, from where I get the following quote:

That our sanctification did not depend upon changing our works, but in doing that for God’s sake, which we commonly do for our own.

Apart from sparse internet connection, there is another reason I haven’t been able to update my blog for awhile. But, luckily, I have something to show for it. Dr. Akiko is a visiting pediatric anethesiologist that I have gotten to spend time with for the last ten days. Though Dr. Akiko is way more comfortable in the OR, she has readapted to becoming a clinician, and her and I work as a team to cover the pediatric ward. Anyways, I have really been blessed to watch Dr. Akiko really live out the words of 1 Corinthians 10:31. She is originally from Japan, and each night will spend three to four hours making origami for the children we will see the next day. Before, it was as if our ministry would end with the daylight. While it may seem like just arts and crafts, this has been a great use of our time at night and these children truly cherish the origami like toys. Who would have thought that I’d have to travel to Ghana to learn origami? Here is a picture of one night’s spoils:

We also decided that the pediatric ward needed a little joy. Even though it was difficult to smuggle some tape and glue which are in limited supply here, we did it. Here are some before and after pictures. It’s a small thing for sure, but today when we hung the new decor, the kids couldn’t have been more fascinated.

That we ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed. (Again, Brother Lawrence)

I’m grateful for Dr. Akiko for reminding me again how to do just that.