Let us introduce ourselves.
Our names are Paul and Cathy Middleton.
That's us clinging to the top of an engine on one of the planes we used to fly.
You can find out about how we got to be where we are in the 'A short history of us' on the right (quite an interesting story if we say so ourselves).
This blog is basically a collection of the e-mail updates we have sent out since we joined Mercy Air in 2003, as well as some of the personal family activities we have got up to. Click on a year and read from bottom to top and it should give you a good idea of what we do.
News and updates from Paul and Cathy Middleton, serving in southern Africa.
27 July 2021
Let us introduce ourselves.
20 July 2021
Apart from the local communities and churches being affected, there is a hospital and the Butterfly Home, the only infant palliative care home in KZN. They were both running out of food and supplies.
The palliative care home offers care for up to six infants between the age of birth and six years.
Butterfly Home is in the process of building to enable them to offer care to another ten infants.
It was beautiful to see these precious children being so well cared for and happy!
The father of one of the little girls was the local snake bite expert, and of course she has some snakes as pets.
The day after we did the relief flight, we got this message from the care workers:
"We are all a bit on edge as we are receiving so many rumours from community members of instigators planning to start the riots again tomorrow and barricade the road. We’ve even been warned by some Zulu friends to pack bags in case. We don’t want to submit to fear, but we want to be prepared and wise when it comes to protecting our friends and family.
If push comes to shove, can we arrange for you to evacuate us by plane? I trust it won’t be necessary"
|Just before departure out of Ingwavuma|
11 June 2021
06 May 2021
|Replacing another one|
|..and another one!|
..and flew two hours to Nampula where we fueled and collected Cathy who had flown up the previous day. It was then a relatively short hop to Nacala where we were met by Martin before the two-hour bumpy dirt road drive to where he lived in Memba.
There are a few impressive hills near to Nampula - that are well worth missing.
Fortunately, the Kodiak comes with a handy 'hill missing app' on its Garmin 1000 that shows you exactly where they are and what they look like - so you can avoid them.
Martin and his family live in the coastal town of Memba.
So near the coast in fact that 20 meters walk to the left of the photo above, you get the photo below. Not too shabby! On a number of Paul's previous visits he has seen whales breaching in the bay.
The day we arrived coincided with the Champions League final. No problem - there's always someone's back garden you can cram into with 300 others. Watching from the back was equivalent to watching it on a cell phone at arm's length.
Water is scarce for nine months of the year, so martin has many tanks to collect runoff from the roofs. A new one needed to be plumbed in.
This would also allow for an upgrade from a bucket, to a cistern flush for the loo. Just had to fit the cistern.
Steve is an electrical sort of bloke and got the local workers helping him rewire almost everything it seemed.
Paul spent most of his time helping replace the ceiling...
..and when there was a lull in that, there were a few floor tiles that needed replacing.
..but also got involved with some pregnancy and medical issues, so for now I will just include the photo below of her with one of her 'patients'.
|Martin explaining the use of the audio bible|
I think it would be wise to focus on Cathy's side of the trip in a separate blog entry. We can then include much of the work she does in clinics in the area where we live in South Africa.
On the last night we had a barbecue on the beach - a whole 25 meters from their garden. The stars were brilliant.
After a pre-dawn start for the two-hour drive to the airport, all that was left to do was to fly home.
Paul and Cathy