Rabuna Fii

The Sunset this evening

            Today I was standing by my friend, R., as she washed clothes. The soapy water created suds over her calloused hands while she was asking after William. We had a bit of a scare this morning involving an accident with the quad bike and our three year old. There was alot of blood, a few stitches, alot of grace and of course our entire community standing in a kitchen showing their love by being present as we tended his wounds. Afterwards when my brave boy was sleeping I went to greet and assure my friends that William was fine.

The entire event was a bit on the traumatic side for both J and I, not because anything serious occurred (praise God) but because potentially his accident could have been very serious and evaluating severity in a kitchen with limited resources is humbling.

As I stood there out in the sun watching water splash against the cement “sink” I described the incident to R. I used a common phrase that what occurred was a big problem. She swiftly corrected me. I have to pause here to say this woman is no stranger to grief and sadness. She has lost two children, one at birth and one shortly after and has lived a life full of disappointments. She grabbed my hand and said to me, “Abook it is not a problem because Rabuna Fii”. “Rabuna Fii” is a hard phrase to translate well. “fii” is a complex verb in Arabic which means in or is or connotes presence. Rabuna is God. This woman who had seen much sadness and disappointment knew in the heart of her soul that circumstances cannot create problems because God is present. It is His presence that is enough.

William is fine (praise God!) we took him to the UN where a doctor was present (he has only been on site for 10 days) and helped us access injuries and do some stitching. I used an open suture kit to practice my suturing skills to try and be more prepared for the unexpected (my sponge was a great patient) and we celebrated this evening with our teammates and neighbors that Rabuna Fiii and no matter what tomorrow holds that is enough.

Getting stitched up and cleaned up at the UN medical center
Getting stitched up and cleaned up at the UN medical center
Suture Pracice
Suture Practice
quad bike adventure-4
Keeping a three year old still made successful by a movie and friends to watch it with.

We seek to empower our children, our teammates and our Sudanese friends to love and know more of who God is through acts of loving service and biblical teaching.

6 thoughts on “Rabuna Fii

  • 22 July, 2013 at 10:59 pm
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    Wow! Everyone needs a friend like R in times like those – one who’s lived through it and knows His presence is greater than our troubles. Prayers for quick and uncomplicated healing for your little guy!

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  • 23 July, 2013 at 6:49 am
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    So glad you are all fine… Wow!

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  • 23 July, 2013 at 5:28 pm
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    Beautiful words. I think we were all so thankful for God’s protection yesterday. What precious things our God is teaching us…

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  • 23 July, 2013 at 7:41 pm
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    So glad that everyone is good, and how wonderful to have such support to see that God is always there! It is so easy for me to forget and try to do things on my own…. How great a God to surround you with wonderful loving people…May the Lord continue to bless you! 🙂

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  • 28 July, 2013 at 7:39 pm
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    So glad he is ok, and that you had the help that you needed!

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  • 29 July, 2013 at 3:16 pm
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    Thank you for encouraging us all with your reminders of God’s presence and faithfulness. We are thankful for the countless ways God is providing for you and ministering through you.

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