News from India: broken arms, mosquito nets and scorpions

by Ulrike Kern/SRI, 2009/08/20

For some years now, humedica has been supporting the work of PENIEL SOCIAL INSTITUTE, which consists of a children’s home and two schools. These projects in Kolar Gold Fields (in the South Indian state of Karnataka) and on the outskirts of the metropolitan city of Bangalore, are managed by Ulrike Kern and her husband, Pastor Louis Paul Kern; Ulrike sent us the following exciting news from the project.

New mosquito nets and broken arms

During Louis’ absence (Pastor Louis was one of the guests who attended our anniversary festivities, ed.) in Germany, I had to coordinate many things. The monsoon brought about various hardships. Thanks to God’s help we finally managed to provide mosquito nets for the whole children’s home. This was not an easy thing since, beforehand, we wanted to provide each bed with a metal frame so that the nets could be fixed better.

The metal rods for the frames had to be purchased and cut to size in Bangalore. We came to know a Muslim welder who tackled the task. In the end, he came to the children’s home with five helpers who mounted a frames on each bed.

Having their hair cut – in this case by the Pastor’s daughter Jeanette Kern – is also part of the children’s everyday life. Foto: PENIEL SOCIAL INSTITUTE

Since, at present, we have to fight lots and lots of mosquitoes, we also bought two new electronic mosquito bats. They are wired and, for the rest, look like tennis rackets. In addition, they have got a light control key. Attracted by the light, the mosquitoes fly into the trap.

Thanks to your prayers, we have found apprenticeship positions for our two protégés Anitha and Shanthi. Some bureaucratic hurdles had to be overcome, yet last week we accompanied them to a training school near Vellore. The headmaster of the school is a committed Christian and very prepared to help.

Before that, we had visited two other schools which, however, did not offer a two-year training course for auxiliary nurses, yet only a six- or twelve months-course for general medical assistants. By the way, the school where our girls are going to be trained from now on is well-known all over India.

Unfortunately, the son of the wardens of the children’s home fell off the climbing frame and broke his arm. The department of orthopaedics unfortunately made a false diagnosis and the medication did not bring about any improvement. Also, the radiograph was very blurred; the result was that the boy’s hand kept swelling.

Therefore, we took Benny to an expert to Bangarapet. Soon, herbal packs brought about a considerable improvement.

Monsoon and black scorpions

Considering the circumstances of monsoon, the children from our institute, were in relatively good health. Due to the torrential rains, however, we also have to face other dangers, like for example, large scorpions.

Last week, such a big black specimen could have cost me my life by a hair’s breadth, yet I managed to get out of its way at the last second.

David, our “animal expert”, said that a bite would surely have been life-threatening, especially when a person is not in the best of health anyway. The day before yesterday we again encountered a black scorpion, which, however, was considerably smaller than its predecessor.

I would like to ask you again to pray for us regularly. Thank you very much for every kind of support of our work and for your prayers. Finally, we would like to greet you with an encouraging verse from the Bible (Psalm 139,5). It says:

“You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.”

Kind regards from far India,

Ulrike and Louis Paul Kern

The venom of the Indian black scorpion has an effect similar to snake bites – it attacks the nervous system and is highly poisonous. Foto: PENIEL SOCIAL INSTITUTE

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