Thursday, August 28, 2014

Around the Web

From Millie Delion via Facebook: Mountain biking on our rusty beater bikes, African thunder and lightening storm, Congo jungle trails and even a decent fall in a huge mud puddle... But we found the village- and even though the little patient we were going to visit to make sure was still ok was out in the woods with her family hunting caterpillars - she is healthy and doing well and we received a gift of Aka mushrooms.. What a great Saturday

Old Scars from Reigning in Life:
One of our interesting patients recently came to us with very old injuries. In 1997 the Republic of Congo went through a civil war. Many of the wounds of that time have healed but some remain. Diane came to us with many unhealed scars from that war. During the war she was chased by rebels while riding on the top of a large truck. She fell off the top and the fall crushed a part of her spinal column paralyzing her from the waist down. For many years after the injury she struggled with her new disability in a country where no grace or accommodation is given to the disabled. Many are left to fend for themselves in whatever way possible. They are often disowned by families and wander the streets looking for handouts.
Read the rest here *warning surgical pictures*


From New Sight Congo via Facebook: Maman Marthe is a precious pygmy lady with leprosy. Sarah is the most inspirational missionary who has dedicated her life to serving the poor. We call her Mother Teresa of Congo! Here we are celebrating Maman Marthe's new sight after her eye operation!
Our 3 new trainees are doing really well. It motivates them to learn more when they can see the tangible help that they are giving our patients.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Our ship has come in...

The boat we have been waiting for arrived with personal items and hospital items. Now begins the work of organizing the items and verifying that everything has arrived.

Our last suitcase from our trip finally made it here! It was mostly clothes, but the boys had been anxiously awaiting a few things that were in that suitcase. (We also had Laryngeal Masks, a stethoscope, and a diagnostic kit. Doesn't everyone travel like that?)

Monday, August 25, 2014


Biking past a small village
Safou, a local fruit, ripening on the tree
Sisters at the market

The nurses working at the hospital have had some optional classes over the last few months. We had a special review/exam time for them. They went to four stations to review and answer questions. All the missionaries got involved- teaching classes, donating supplies, and helping with the review! We couldn't get everyone together for a picture, but here is most of the group.

Women here carry heavy loads!

A honey badger some young boys wanted to sell to us. (I said no.)

Monday, August 18, 2014


Someone wanted to sell us this bird as a pet. I had to say no. 

Soccer under the palm trees

Another beautiful sunset

With more rain, the roads become less passable.

Prayer for Isabelle Harvey on her last Sunday before returning to the US for university.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Update from New Sight Congo

Just one of our many very beautiful patients! This was taken literally minutes after her surgery on Monday. Before her cataract operation, she could only see someone waving his hand 1 metre away. The day after her operation, she could read the letters off the visual acuity chart 6 metres away! She went home yesterday with a very different life ahead of her! So happy for her and her family!

Big Happy Exciting Day! We have 3 fresh nursing graduates starting at our eye centre. They are on a 3-6 month training program and if they progress well, we will employ them!
For more on the eye center, visit New Sight Congo.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Around the Web

Evening sky at the hospital
We've received some questions about Ebola.  There have not been any cases in the Republic of Congo or the surrounding countries.  We are praying for those affected and the medical teams treating them.

You can read Dr. Kent Brantly's statement from the isolation room where he is in recovery.

On Being Evacuated is from a Peace Corps worker in Guinea and talks about the difficulty of leaving- and knowing you are leaving others behind.  She also includes some of the history and statistics of Ebola and the recent epidemic.

Photo from Djibouti Jones

Another post in the series What I Learned at Djibouti Jones talks about time in a Congolese Refugee Camp

Ask me to describe a refugee camp and I’ll start with the smell.

It’s the smell of far too many people living in far too small a space, without adequate sewage or opportunities to bathe. The smell is pungent and overwhelming. One whiff makes you want to run for the safety of your jeep, where you can roll up the windows, turn on the air conditioning, and receive a brief respite from a smell that’s so strong it makes you gag.

Read the rest here...

Monday, August 11, 2014


The first day of "Helping Babies Breathe,"
Stephen's class with people from the surrounding communities

The second day of class-
the graduates

Stephen and Dr. Cyriaque on rounds
A group of women visiting a patient in the hospital
A young man drumming in church