Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An Orthopedic Patient in Soddo

This twelve year old girl came to the hospital because her right thigh had been gradually bending over several months.  This caused her to fall, and she could not walk after that without crutches.
Her initial x-ray showed a fracture and a slow growing tumor in her femur (thigh).
The chaplain praying with patients
Doing range of motion exercises with her now straight leg
Dr. Bob Greene operated with an Ethiopian orthopedic resident, and they were able to cut out the tumor and straighten the leg using the sign nail.
She was from a Muslim family, and while in the hospital had the opportunity to watch the Jesus film in her own language.
Because of the sign nail technique, she was able to leave the hospital three days after her surgery and has a good chance at total healing.
x-ray after surgery

How the leg was before surgery
(from stock photo)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Flag of the Republic of Congo

Just like the flag of the United States, the flag of the Republic of Congo has experienced some changes.

Flag of the Kingdom of Kongo (circa 17th century)
Flag of the French Congo (1959-1970)

Flag of the People's Republic of Congo (1970-1991)
The current flag was adopted on September 15, 1959 and readopted on June 1991.
The green stands for the forests and agriculture of Congo, and the yellow represents the friendship and nobility of the Congolese people.
The symbolism behind the red is unknown.
The current flag of the Republic of Congo

Friday, December 12, 2014

A little bit about the ROC

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"No, not that Congo..." 
is a phrase we have found ourselves repeating frequently.

If you hear about the Congo in the news, you are most likely hearing about the Democratic Republic of Congo, our neighbor to the East.

The Congo where we live is the Republic of Congo, located in the central-western part of sub-Saharan Africa.  The equator cuts through the country.

Fast Facts:
Official Name: Republic of the Congo
Capital: Brazzaville
Government Type: Republic
Population: 3.8 million
Area: 132,000 square miles; slightly larger than New Mexico
GDP Per Capita: $1,400
Web site: Congo-site.com (In French)

For more information see: Republic of Congo (Wikipedia)

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More to come on the history of the ROC flag...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Helicopter Landing

While we were in Soddo, we had some excitement when a helicopter returned from an outreach ministry.  You can see people stopped working or left their hospital rooms to watch the helicopter land and the things unloaded.  Those who have cameras on their phones were busy snapping pictures.

You can learn more about this outreach on Our Greatest Joy:

Endangered People

Outreach to the Tribes

Monday, December 8, 2014

Arba Minch

While we were in Ethiopia, we had a chance to spend a day in another town, Arba Minch.
We saw baboons, monkeys, crocodiles, hippos, and many types of birds.
A local fisherman shows off his catch.

We rounded out the day with swimming- but not with the crocodiles and hippos!

Some farmers houses on the drive back to Soddo.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Leaving Ethiopia

Today we say farewell to Ethiopia and head back to the Republic of Congo.

To keep following things at Soddo Christian Hospital, you can check out these blogs:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving in Soddo

Thanksgiving was a normal work day at the hospital,
but we had a meal with friends and neighbors to mark the day.

You can't buy chicken or turkey here,
so we had beef!

We had the community meal on Saturday. While the preparations and set up happened, the kids did crafts. We had perfect weather for our meal in an outdoor pavilion. After, we stayed around to talk as the sun set. We ended the evening with a bonfire- complete with songs and scary stories- like about camping with lions, bott flies, and those other strange but true things that happen in Africa. :)