The work here at Kapuna Hospital can seem like it never ends, Esti in the hospital, with her radio going off at all hours of the night/morning, and after 10 years of working on sanitation infrastructure my work here can often feel like there is always soo much more to do.
But we are thankful for Gulf Christian Services, the community here in Kapuna and how special it is to be here. It is a place where you can feel the presence of God, his love and joy radiating in the people who are here. A light in what can often feel like a dark place.
When my Grandparents (Dr. Peter and Dr. Lin Calvert) who had arrived in Kapuna in 1954, had been here for 20 years, were about to leave and return home, they asked God if there was any more for them here, God responded with, wait in Kapuna until I have sent my spirit, a few years later revival broke out and God's spirit brought change to the Baimuru district. Since then Kapuna Hospital has grown into Gulf Christian Services, providing Christ centred services to about 60,000 people who desperately need medical and educational services, making all of that possible has been Gods spirit in the place.
After her husbands Dr. Peters death in 1982, Dr Lin stayed on to work as the only full time doctor, late into her 80's and then became Kapuna's favourite consultants and Grandmother/ Mother to all in the Gulf of PNG, and finally on the 8th of August this year she graduated to heaven after 69 years of faithful services to the people of the Gulf Province.
It was special for Esti and I to be here in Kapuna and to sit with Grandma as she passed on, after four years of being unable to travel with covid restrictions, we made it back to Kapuna together just in time (2 days). And God was working overtime on the Phillipines visa department to get us here on time to say goodbye.
Below is a deeper dive into the life of my Grandmother, BubuMei (Bubu, meaning Grandma and Mei is the word for mother in the language of Baimuru, Gulf Province) ,Dr Lin Calvert. Or you can watch a short film I made about her life.