Hermits are called to lead solitary lives. This doesn't mean we never come in contact with the world but it does mean we take a lot more time to be alone with God and dwell on His mysteries, thank him for His goodness and salvation. All hermits as supposed to work and that is manifested in many ways. Each hermit has his/her own calling regarding manual labor. The 'oldtime' hermits wove mats to sell in the towns to support their lives. Today there are still some hermits who still weave and sell their beautiful cloth, some paint fantastic icons or paintings, some get involved helping their Parish. When I came to Gambia as a hermit, I had no idea what I would be doing but the lord quickly showed me that my work was going to be in caring for the sick poor.
This girl is with her brothers and sisters and since she is the oldest she must play the rolde of mother while Mom is home caring for he house. The little brother in her lap has hurt his foot and it needs treatment and bandaging. If they went to the local clinic they would have to pay. Since they don't have anything they come here.
This little boy is a happy customer. His smile tells it all
(below) The 'blue hermit' writes out instructions for one of the patients
for taking medicine.
There is lots of work to be done here and medicines and bandages are needed badly. Right now I have a very limited supply. Your help in sending bandages or medicines (over the counter types) would be gratefully appreciated. I will make out a list for tomorrows posting to let you see just what I need and let you where you can order the bandages at a very low price.
I will close this posting now and continue tomorrow as their is a lightning storm beginning (we are in the rainy season now)and I need to protect the computer, the generator and the hermit!!!!!
God bless you all.