Enlightening Eyes in Eswatini – Vol. 1.3

Update from Jono Pons, MD

November 2023

Dear COS Family,
The last week in Eswatini has been very wet and unseasonably cold. This hasn’t stopped the clinics and the distances our patients travel is impressive. This delightful family are from Maputo Mozambique and make the trip regularly.

Prayer Requests

  • We are deep in the process of approvals for tax exempt importation of a hangar structure for our partner’s helicopter. Pray for favour with tax authorities
  • Transition for our trainees: after 2 years, Dr Josh will leave us early next year. He is looking for a Residency position in South Africa. Even with his experience, this would be a miracle. Please pray for him.
  • Dr Ryan Hadaway joins us in January and his wife Megan is a General Practitioner. They will be writing Eswatini clinical registration exams. Pray for their transition into Eswatini and the uncertainty they will face.
  • Helen and I have been allocated community land by the Swazi Chief and we shall have a ceremony to confirm the site. The King has held Sibaya (a national Tradition of the Swazi people being able to speak to the King once in a year in the safety of the culturally sacred Cattle Byre) for a week now, so join us in prayer for the selection of the new government and for the many issues raised.
  • As Believers we have access to the King of all Creation, not on a special occasion, but all the time! Ephesians 2:18 “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” We ask for your prayer as the National Health system continues to suffer from critical drug and skills shortages.
  • Another verse that has meant much to us is: Lamentations 3:22-23, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Pray with us as we plan for how we can bless the vulnerable in our communities as we approach Christmas and the celebration of our Lord’s birth and the salvation we receive in this.

Blessings and Thanks,

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