Monday, January 7, 2013

January Update

We enjoyed our fourth Christmas here in Impfondo.  It's still hard to be away from family and all of the comforts of home, but it does give us more of a chance to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
The last few months have been even busier than usual.  Stephen was the only doctor here for November and December.  We were glad to see Dr. Laura Foudy return at the end of December!

Our plans to leave Impfondo in January have been complicated by the fact that all commercial flights to Impfondo have been suspended until further notice.   We've been able to arrange a charter flight with MAF for January 21, just two weeks from today.   Let the countdown begin!

Since the summer, we've been working to make our transition as smooth as possible.  It's difficult since our mission staff keeps shrinking, and there aren't enough people to do all the work.  We have to do the best we can to prepare those who will remain here.

We are working on plans for our time in the US.  This week, we will be posting the dates we will be available to visit churches.  Please let us know if you would like us to come to your church.
Stephen and Aaron

The electricity situation at the hospital continues to hover between very bad and critical.  Aaron Ernst is spending six months here in Impfondo working at the hospital, and his mechanical knowledge and work have been invaluable.

We received news this weekend that the container containing the new electrical equipment from the US was packed.  It should ship sometime in the next two weeks, and begin the slow voyage to Impfondo.
Dr. Harvey, hard at work packing the container.

Henri and Joyce Samoutou have been working on New Sight, the new eye clinic.  Henri has been seeing patients in his office and preparing to start elective eye surgeries January 14.

We have continued to see many cases of malnutrition here at the hospital.  I stopped our series after my "poster child" for follow-up care died.  I will continue the series eventually.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our family and our ministry here.

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