So know dear friends that the work here in Liberia goes on! It is heart warming work. So we continue to shine! You in your small corner and I in mine.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
This is picture of Min one of the gaurds from the ship. Each time we leave the ship we have to scan our card. It is for security so they know where we are if there ever was an emergency they could quickly go to the computer and know immediately who was on and off the ship.
Friday, June 29, 2007
These pictures are pictures of the Mercy Ships logo being painted over on the Anastasis in preperation for the Anastasis being recycled. The Anastasis sailed to be recycled on June 29, 2007. It was a little sad to see my home for the first eight months of living in Africa sail away. For me it was only eight months others it had been 10 to 20 years.
These are a couple of pictures of the inside of the hospital on the African Mercy. The first is a picture of one of the wards and the other is a picture of the ICU. Things are very different than the Anastasis. The African Mercy was designed as a state of the art hospital ship where as the Anastasis started out as a passenger ship and was renovated to a hospital ship.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
The Africa Mercy arrived May 21, 2007. It is now docked beside the Anastatsis. Between the last day of surgery and the arrival of the African Mercy the crew have been busy packing the Anastasis. Now with arrival of the African Mercy the crew is starting the process of bringing everything needed from the Anastasis to the African Mercy.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
The patients are awarded a precious treatment card, their ticket to surgery. On screening day I helped with the taking the histories, the last station before patients went to see the Dr's and recieve their card. In all 117 reconstructive procedure candidates were added to the surgical calander during the event. A further 60 patients were selected to see the ship's orthopeadic surgeons later in the year.
The screening was conducted at Tubman Stadium in the heart of Monrovia. There was estimated approximately 1000 people atteneded with 253 taken into the stadium. Dr. Gary Parker stated "This is our third year in the Monrovia area, so we may have treated the needest people in our first couple of visits. That would be encouraging to think that we'd actually made a dent such that we are not seeing today the number of cases we normally see."
Twelve year old Sarah was the last patient to recieve a reonstructive surgery. Sarah comes from the remote southeastern corner of Liberia where her family farms rice and sugar cane. When Sarah was born with a cleft lip the family tried to find help but the Liberian civil war intervened. Doctors and nurses fled the region as the fighting grew worse. However than a second opprotunity presented itself in the form of Mercy Ships.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Liberia is a country recovering from 13 years of civil war. The recovery process is truely in place. Join with me in prayer for this nation. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ ! In His great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade -kept in heaven for you, " 1 Peter 1 : 1-3