Saturday, October 18, 2014

You have the words of eternal life

John 6:67-69
"Then Jesus said to the twelve, 'Do you also want to go away?'
But Simon Peter answered Him,
"Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
Also we have come to believe and know that
You are the Christ, the Son of the living God'"

Something to remember in tough times...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bio-med repairs

We had a bio-med team who came from Mercy Ships to help with repairs on our equipment.  You may recognize one of them- our very own Siko!  He's been taking the bio-med class offered by Mercy Ships in Pointe Noire, and he was able to join the team.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Around the Web

From Lauren Lunsford via Facebook:
There are a lot of days here that make me question if what we are doing is making any difference or if I should even go to the ER to work when we just see so many kids die. This little guy was truly fighting for his life and I really thought I was going to come in he next morning to an empty bed. His mother already started wailing and grieving because she thought he was dead. It brought tears to my eyes when I came in the next day and saw them laughing and smiling together. God is a good God who hears the pleas of His people.
Mondays can be hard for everyone!
From Millie Deleon via Facebook:
I would do the same if I had to see me in the morning too
Central African Republic {photo credit}

From the BBC:
CAR has suffered ethnic and religious unrest for more than a year since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian country.

Muslim rebel leader Michel Djotodia resigned in January under diplomatic pressure, but violence between Christian and Muslim militia groups has continued.

Both groups have been accused of targeting civilians. Thousands have been killed and tens of thousands more have fled the country.

The UN says that about 1.3 million people - a quarter of the population - are in need of aid.

The US is preparing to send troops to West Africa to fight Ebola
{photo credit}
Ebola still dominates the news:

Ebola spread bigger than expected

Hamilton scientist works on Ebola diagnosis, vaccine
This is in Montana at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories.

'Ebola epidemic could lead to failed states', warns WHO

Congo-Kinshasa: DRC- Treating Ebola under extremely difficult conditions in Equateur Province

Isolate Ebola, Not Countries, says IMF Chief

One powerful illustration shows exactly what's wrong with how the West talks about Ebola
If you only read one thing about Ebola, this should be it!

With the heaviness of the world new lately, it's easy to start to feel discouraged.  We had a week that started with the death of a much loved employee and ended with a death a a much loved uncle, Stephen's uncle, Ralph Green, II.  In between, there was some other discouraging news that left us reeling.  Seeing this article No, Seriously, Laugh was a good reminder that laughter really is the best medicine!  Did you know that laughing releases endorphins?  Take some time for fun today.  :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Other Heroes

Chip Frey and some of his "helpers"
 When you talk about saving lives in Congo, many people picture the doctors and nurses working tirelessly to fight disease.

But what about the other things that go into our work at the hospital?

Meeting or reconnecting with some of the "other heroes" while in CT
Spring 2013
Yesterday, we had a chance to be especially grateful for all those who have worked on our electrical system.   We had a huge thunderstorm- lots of wind, rain, thunder, and most damaging- lightening.  The safeguards put in place worked how they were supposed to!
From Stephen:

From the two people on oxygen and all of the staff at HELP we want to give a special shout out to Chip Frey and Jonathan J Grous and all the others who put in those breakers and the new gen system last fall. Just had a lightening strike. Breakers, flipped. Electrical things protected. Elec back on, I'm thankful.

Some of our electrical team poses with Dr. Harvey
Fall 2013

Monday, October 13, 2014


A storm rolling in

Another nursing class: the nurses love having the opportunity to learn.
They are not paid for their time, but stay after work to attend the class.

Setting up the tent

Another bike ride- blue skies with fluffy white clouds.
This is one of the houses and gardens that we pass on our bike rides north of Impfondo.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


While talking about potential evacuation plans, we realized that we could have the chance to travel across Lake Tele.  Would we be the ones to finally see the Mokele-Mbembe?

What's that you ask?  Why it's Congo's very own dinosaur, Mokele-Mbembe, meaning "one who stops the waters."

There have been numorous reported sightings, many searches, and many legends.  Maybe we will be the ones to find him?

I'll have my camera handy!

Photo Credit

From Wikipedia:
According to the traditions of the Congo River basin the Mokèlé-mbèmbé is a large territorial herbivore. It is said to dwell in Lake Télé and the surrounding area,with a preference for deep water, and with local folklore holding that its haunts of choice are river bends.

Descriptions of the Mokèlé-mbèmbé vary. Some legends describe it as having an elephant-like body with a long neck and tail and a small head, a description which has been suggested to be similar in appearance to that of the extinct Sauropoda,while others describe it as more closely resembling elephants, rhinoceros, and other known animals. It is usually described as being gray-brown in color. Some traditions, such as those of Boha Village, describe it as a spirit rather than a flesh and blood creature.

Around 1960, the forest dwelling pygmies of the Lake Tele region (the Bangombe tribe), fished daily in the lake near the Molibos, or water channels situated at the north end of the lake. These channels merge with the swamps, and were used by Mokele-mbembes to enter the lake where they would browse on the vegetation. This daily excursion into the lake by the animals disrupted the pygmies fishing activities. Eventually, the pygmies decided to erect a stake barrier across the molibo in order to prevent the animals from entering the lake.

When two of the animals were observed attempting to break through the barrier, the pygmies speared one of the animals to death and later cut it into pieces. This task apparently took several days due to the size of the animal, which was described as being bigger than a forest elephant with a long neck, a small snake-like or lizard-like head, which was decorated with a comb-like frill. The pygmy spearmen also described a long, flexible tail, a smooth, reddish-brown skin and four stubby, but powerful legs with clawed toes.Read the rest

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Nurses CME

Our nurses continue to learn!

Millie Deleon and Lauren Lunsford are teaching them with the help of a translator.  In this class, they reviewed some of the information they have previously covered, and talked about low blood sugars.
The foods are examples of what someone with low blood sugar can eat or drink.