Friday, October 24, 2014

Ebola Preparedness Training

Last Saturday, the nurses learned how to use the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) sent by Samaritan's Purse.   They split into two groups to practice with Stephen, Millie Deleon, Dr. Kiong Liao, and Lauren Lunsford assisting.  

It was quite humorous to see everyone getting in and out of the suits, but at the same time there was an air of gravity.  Everyone wants to know how to follow the proper procedures in the event of Ebola in Impfondo.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The nurses CME review class

Millie Deleon and Lauren Lunsford planned another review class for the nurses.
Everyone was involved again!
The whole group...
Listening to the Ebola review...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Operation Christmas Child

From Lauren Lunsford:

If anyone has never done an Operation Christmas Child box before, Samuel and I would encourage you to do it!

This weekend we were able to go to an Aka Pygmy village and watch these children open Christmas boxes and presents for the first time. It's a little early for Christmas presents. But these kids wouldn't know it because they never get presents. The Aka Pygmys are a very poor group of people. Some are former slaves of the Bantu people here and some are still owned and forced to work for others for no wages.

Before the workers handed out the presents, the kids sang some songs praising God and prayed to thank Him. It was so moving. Christmas is never filled with that much thankfulness in my heart.

When these children, wearing literal rags, received their presents they didn't know what to do with them. Many just sat there with their opened presents and didn't feel like thy could touch any of the new toys and candy because they didn't really think it was theirs.

One child here had lost his father to cancer just the week before. The presents came at the perfect time.

If your church does this awesome ‪#‎operationchristmaschild‬ ministry I just want to let you know that many many kids are so thankful for you and your gifts!

Monday, October 20, 2014


We were happy to see Dr. Kiong and Christina back with us.
They were able to eat with us after they arrived and fill us in on all their time in Brazzaville.
The cutest patient!
A mushroom in our back yard.

Stephen with one of his patients.

A group of people leaving after visiting someone in the hospital.

A market street corner on a busy day.

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.  :)