I’m Not Sure I’ll Be Able to Leave This Village With Dry Eyes

Jason and Emily Ullyott, along with their two children William and Violet, have wrapped up over a year of ministry in the Rukwa Valley at Mercy Medical Clinic in Kapenta. They have now begun their journey over land and sea to return to their home in California where they will be arriving September 18. They have impacted lives for Christ and we praise the Lord for their service to Him. May He receive the glory. We wanted to post their last letter from Kapenta on the blog today to give you a final glance at their lives in Tanzania and pray that in some way, it impacts you. Because, remember, the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

“We are comin’ home. September 18th we will land in SFO!

The past couple months have been full. We are heading down to the valley today, after dropping off our final guest Garrett, spending two days at Lake Malawi, saying good bye to many of our missionary family, and with torn emotions we make the final descent into the Rukwa Valley. Keep us in your prayers.

wounded legJason has been busy!

snakeAnd not just as a doctor! This was a seven foot black mamba I spotted in a vacant classroom. Jason ran from the clinic to the house to get the shot gun, then to the center where the classroom was, and he took care of it! Black mambas are one of the fastest and most deadly snakes in the world.

safe room

This picture is of the new safe room at the clinic. With this installed, Aaron, Jason’s brother, was able to also install a solar panel and battery system to run a new TV at the clinic. We are now showing public health videos, the Jesus film, and gospel music videos.


This sweet Auntie has been caring for this baby Anna Mpwepwe since birth. The mom died giving birth. The aunt walked a 30 minute drive every week and we were able to donate formula. She came each week so we could check her weight and make sure the baby was actually getting the formula. And she was! She is now 6 months and thriving!

snake and camillion

Jason’s walk home from work can be rather fun! All snakes are killed on site, but this one was hunted as Jason noticed the track in the dirt path and went to see if he could find the snake. He found it alright, eating dinner! Chameleon was already dead and the snake was rather restricted with such a big dinner he was an easy kill!


We took a weekend to visit close friends who are very involved with an orphanage in Sumbawanga. These are infant cribs about 16 total. If you need your heart broken in two, go to an orphanage. I was in tears.


The little babies…

orphans eating

These were all the toddlers. The sweet sister is shredding tomatoes for the lunch sauce. Along with watching over 12 little ones.

emily with boy

And this little albino just clung to me…tears…

fathers day

Back in the valley with a surprise for a Father’s Day that Jason forgot about. (He forgot about Mother’s Day too!)

truck accident

This is just one of the many horrible accidents we see on the road we take. The TanZam highway has been called the Hell Run. Since Zambia is land locked, a massive amount of trucks use this one and only road.

violet playing drum

Back in the valley, Violet got to play on the village school drum. These are actually the drums we hear every morning at our breakfast table. It’s is a sound that will be missed! It has also been quite the experience teaching the oldest class English and having my kids there to help. William is ready for preschool!

puff adder

This is a puff adder. Very similar to the rattlesnakes we have in Cali. Buzz killed the snake…

bitten buzz

…but not before the snake got a bite! Buzz was majorly swollen under his chin and all around his neck, but he pulled through!

kapenta soccer team

The Safari soccer balls!  Thanks to two amazing high school and club soccer friends, our local village team, had a blast with new balls!

violet soccer

The world cup had to be celebrated!

william soccer

In good Tanzania fashion!

world cup

We hosted a few games, but this was the final!


So these three slides are for you to figure out! Is it Ebola?… not a chance! but these are slides that Jason takes pictures of by holding his iPhone up to the microscope. So for all you medically-trained out there. We’ve got prizes for a proper diagnoses!




Okay, back to the cuties! Luka is Williams best friend in Tanzania! The adopted son of Mike and Lynn Caraway.

violet and jason

She might look like an American… but she is definitely our African Violet!


A short afternoon hike behind our house.

kids at the falls

And these kids are just in heaven.


This little leopard was just watching us from the tree as we hiked…just kidding, these are not were we live. We have to drive to the National park to find one of these.

safari trip

This was our final wild animal safari. Garrett was our guest top center. Then we also brought our two families that have worked at our house all year. It was a trip of a lifetime for them.

garrett computer

Back at the clinic, Garrett worked hard with Boni creating a new brochure on water sanitation. Garrett also took time to tutor Boni for his upcoming exams.

toys out of anything

This is a village shot where kids use anything to play with… notice these are whiskey packets…


…to make a helmet?!

burnt foot

Back to the clinic. This child stepped into a burnt up trash pile that wasn’t out.

nurse darcy

Darcie, another nurse, and guest from Michigan, was able to help. Martha is a nurse assistant that has worked hard for the clinic all year.

head wound

Garrett was in on the action whenever he could help. He held a kids head who’s tongue was bit in half from falling out of a tree. He helped Boni clean this head lesion.

albino baby

Oh my sweet Matic. Violet loves him. I love him. And his mama loves him most! He is doing amazing and I’m not sure I’ll be able to leave this village with dry eyes.

Thank you for sticking with us. We have been blessed in so many ways it’s hard to touch the surface in these emails. As we close our time here we will not be able to see the Guilzons because of unforeseen changes. The clinic will close temporarily, hopefully for only a few weeks. Pray for the Guilzons as they prepare for their journey back to Tanzania. If you would like to stay in touch with them email mark.guilzon@gmail.com and ask to be added to their email updates.

We are thankful to hear that the earthquake didn’t cause great harm. Praise the Lord! We will be trading snakes for quakes, not sure what’s worse?!

Lots of love, Emily, Jason, William and Violet!”



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