Monday, July 6, 2015

I hope everyone had a good 4th of July celebration. 
We had a quiet holiday weekend spent at home.

July 3, everyone was wearing shades of red, white, and blue, even one of our cooks!

Friday, July 3, 2015

At the River- Mother's Day

On Mother's Day, our team went to the river in the evening and spent a few hours enjoying the shore and the water.  It was a beautiful location!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Update on Ninelle

At the end of May, we shared the story of Ninelle, a patient here in Impfondo who desperately needed a life saving surgery beyond the capabilities of our hospital.

We are happy to share the news that Ninelle is now on her way home!  She and Amanda Volkman will be traveling back to Congo this week, and continuing on to Brazzaville this week.

On Reigning in Life, there is a short video of Ninelle sharing her testimony during a Sunday morning celebration.

{photo courtesy of Amanda Volkman}

Praise God with us for this answer to prayer, and please pray for safe and healthy travels!

Monday, June 29, 2015


We have made the very difficult decision to leave Impfondo and the ministry with Pioneer Christian Hospital. As some of you know, the environment here has always been difficult. There are physical aspects such as lack of resources and development, difficulties with supplies, and isolation. But above that, there has been a problems with leadership and team environment that have kept people from choosing to serve here long term.

We still chose to return for a second term, knowing the great medical and spiritual needs in the area and believing that things with our missionary team could improve with time and through God’s working. After a challenging 15 months, we reluctantly made the decision to leave at the end of the summer. We were experiencing the negative effects of stress on our health and family.

We would still like to return here at some point in the future, and we will be praying every day for the missionaries, employees, and other people in the area. The hospital is with Global Outreach Mission (GOM), and they are working to plan for the future of the hospital. Please GOM leadership in your prayers as they seek God’s will for the big picture of the hospital and the practical details involved.

We will be leaving Brazzaville on August 24 to return to the US. It has been recommended that we take some time for debriefing and recovery before beginning to travel or preparing for our next location. If God does not bring us back to Impfondo, we would still like to serve in a medical ministry in French speaking Africa. There are many places with great needs and opportunities for service, and we have communicated with some of them. We will not be making a decision until we have been in the US for some time, and our mission director and member care people believe that we are ready. We want to face the next step as physically, mentally, and spiritually as healthy as possible.

Friday, June 26, 2015

At the market- Bus Stop

One of my favorite things to watch at the market is the "bus stop."  There are no signs or benches.  The bus stop is only an intersection at the market where the buses are loaded and unloaded with passengers and cargo.  There's usually lots of noise and activity involved, and it's pretty entertaining.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Impromptu Consultations

Not all consultations happen in the office.
Sarah Speer found Stephen after the work day had ended.
One of her friends needed a doctor's care.
They sat in front of the administration building- no privacy, but lots of entertainment watching people come and go.

Sometimes the consultations happen in your own living room.  For example, when Ian decided to climb a tree with wet shoes...
Ian had to use crutches for about a week, but not much can slow him down!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Blue Lightning- Pt 2

I shared some pictures last week of Blue Lightning.  Cristy Presler tells in more detail about the experience!

So this is blue lightning! Mama Sara introduced me to John who showed us his broken down trike. John had polio as a child and is now unable to walk. He is also mute so even beyond the language barier, communication was interesting to say the least. He was getting around by wearing flip flops on his hands and on his knees.

When his trike worked, he could get around easier and he even sold fuel from the back. So without the trike, he was limited...God placed on my heart to help him out. So we took it back and blue became a fixture in the house! I worked on it, braved the market to buy supplies, scrubbed rust and put a top knoch paint job! When we gave blue to John, he was so excited!

After- with some of his family and neighbors
Afterwards, I thought, I have the best role model ever. Jesus. Although I did not make the lame walk again, I helped the lame become mobile! Everything was done to honor Him! Something as simple as a trike painted, new tires and chain made such an impact!

And best of all, you all had a part in it. Either through prayer, contributions or both, YOU had a part in spreading the light of Jesus to a community! He was told that this was not from me, that it was from the help and prayers that YOU gave when you listened to what Jesus put on your heart to give or pray....

Blue Lightning in Lingala
*Thanks to Cristy for letting me share her story and pictures!