We've been in Nyankunde for almost a week now. It has been a busy time. We've been setting up the new operating room facility. This has involved going through a lot of stuff, cleaning things, making an inventory of instruments, fixing things, etc. It all sounds pretty unexciting, but it is a necessary step. There is still a tremendous amount of work. I come home every night feeling like I should have done more.
There is also the inescapable challenge of patient care. Tomorrow I am schedule to operate on one man's prostate, wire someone's jaw closed, operate on a mass that is growing out of a young woman's face, repair a rectovaginal fistula (if you don't know what this is, don't ask), and do something else that I can't quite remember. There are a few Congolese doctors here and they take care of the routine stuff, but there are always those challenging cases...
In the evenings it is quiet and peaceful. The climate is pleasant. There is no traffic, no TV, no city noises.
There are lots of questions that we will need to answer as we consider returning in January. Some of them are questions like, "Do we really need to employ a gardener?" Others are big questions like, "How do we find fellowship here and what are ways in which we can have a spiritual impact in this community?" We don't have many answers now, but we are at least learning which are the right questions.
One daunting matter is simply the considerable expense of living here. You wouldn't think it, but it's pretty expensive to travel to Congo and actually live there. Still, we continue to trust that God has called us here and He will provide whatever we need.
Thanks for your prayers and emails. It is great to feel like we're still in touch. We will be back in mid-September for a few weeks, then it's off to Sudan.
I am attaching a link for two panoramas I made. It should give you a little glimpse of how beautiful it is here. Don't spread the word too much! Otherwise everyone will be wanting to come and live here!
Warren (for both of us)