We are now T minus 24 days and counting for our departure date of Nov 6 2009. We have a lot of things to do between now and then but I would like to do some posts on some FAQ's that people toss our way. I will try and divide them into categories of
We will start off with GENERAL
What is the climate like in the Republic of Congo?
I will start off this answer with two charts. One is for the average rain fall and temp in Brazaville Congo and
the other is for Helena MT
The temp are in C for the ROC but the record low is around 53def F. The high is around 98 def F but w a lot of moisture.
I will also post this from Wikipedia article on the climate as well..
Since the country is located on the Equator, the climate is consistent year-round, with the average day temperature being a humid 24 °C (75.2 °F) and nights generally between 16 °C (60.8 °F) and 21 °C (69.8 °F). The average yearly rainfall ranges from 1,100 millimetres (43.3 in) in south in the Niari valley to over 2,000 millimetres (78.7 in) in central parts of the county. The dry season is from June to August while in the majority of the country the wet season has two rainfall maxima: one in March–May and another in September–November.
What are some animals there in the Republic of Congo?
There are a lot. There are some small populations of elephants and lions, some larger populations of chimpanzees and lowland gorillas, and these two strange beast. One is an okapi, long heard of but fairly recently confirmed and the goliath tiger fish which swims in the rivers. There is also the occasional hippo as well.
How can we send things to you?
Our address in the ROC will be
The Wegner Family
Mission GO Congo
Impfondo (par Brazzaville)
Republic of Congo
We have heard but not confirmed that small packages (dvd sized envelopes) will take about 3mos to get to our address if they get there at all. Please take a chance. Larger packages often do not make it however.
What will Stephen be doing at the hospital?
The first several months i will be given a gradual amount of more and more responsibility with inpatient pediatric services with also freshening up on French, learning Lingala, and freshening up on OB techniques, and maybe some surgical procedures as well. In the end i hope to concentrate on pediatrics and teaching triage techniques to nursing staff. We will cover Anna's responsibilities in the "Children related" FAQ's
Coming soon are FAQ's for finances, travel, and children
Please continue to pray for our visas to come through, goodbyes that need to be said, and last minute items that always need to be done.
thanks for praying