We had hoped for a quiet morning before our 36-hour journey home, but it was not to be. Jonah's customers arrive early - even before dawn which is about 6am. They are given a chair to sit on and they wait patiently until he can see them.
One that will stay with us for a long time arrived this morning. Mary Hamoonga is a bright young woman who, at the age of 28, had just completed a lab tehnician's course and was looking forward to a bright future which would enable her to support not only herself but her extended family as well, when she was struck down by a mysterious paralysis four months ago. The cause remains unknown, but she has lost the use of both legs and one arm. She came from her village of Magoye, 37 km away on (and off) the road to Mazabuka - a daunting journey by public transport for such a disabled person. It was great to be able to give her one of the wheelchairs that the Women's World Day of Prayer had funded and to pray with her.
We then had a our good-bye lunch with the staff. Our visit was a lot of work for them, and inevitably disruptive, and it was a nice way to thank them for all their help and forebearance. It had been a very useful visit, and we achieved most of what we had set out to do.